John McCain…A Hero and Then Some

My temper lies dormant. I’m like a fighter who knows his fists are lethal weapons, so it’s best to keep them hidden.

In my case, my tongue will get me into trouble if I’m not careful.

In AA they warn you…restraint of pen and tongue…pause before you take someone’s head off. Thomas Jefferson said, when angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.

Arizona Senator John McCain passed away as the world knows, and as they said when Alexander Hamilton died in 1804, even his enemies mourned him, as many of the tributes to him prove.

When I was speaking to my neighbor about how sad his passing was, a man I didn’t know, overhearing said, “He was a schmuck, and thank God never president.”

So stunned, I swear you could see my heart pound right through my shirt, like in a Disney cartoon.

My neighbor, also thunderstruck said, “The man is dead. Have you no respect?”

And he without pause, said, “No, not for him.”

I managed to say nothing, comforting my floor mate the best I could, saying, hey, McCain would say, it’s America after all, we are allowed to state our views.

John McCain was the quintessential American who served his country both in war and peacetime, always standing up for what he believed.

He was a Vietnam prisoner of war who, after being tortured and tormented, when told he could go home, refused because he wouldn’t leave his men. As long as I live, this will never cease to touch and impress me.

Like John Quincy Adams who served 17 years in Congress, dying at 80, a year younger than our John, when asked what party he belonged to, said…

“I belong to no party…I serve the people.”

  So did John McCain.

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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6 Responses to John McCain…A Hero and Then Some

  1. My mom always said if you can’t say something nice….

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  2. Sadly Mr. McCain’s life reads like a novel about the America we once treasured, not the shit storm we’re dealing with today. The fact that people are not up in arms over the temper tantrum going on in DC today is alarming.

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  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    A true American hero is lost. And I’m not talking about a multi-million a year sports figure. You’re right, Susannah, he is mourned by both sides of the fence. His persona reminds me of the heroes in David Baldacci’s novels.

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    • A friend of mine took me to task for what I wrote, me finding it rather bewildering. John McCain’s greatest example to leave us with…he’s was an American first, before he was a Republican, and I feel that’s how we should all be…predicated on our patriotism. It’s a no-brainer Skinny.

      I appreciate you reading it, and what you wrote.

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