A few days before Senator John McCain (R-AZ) died, the nation’s patriot, who served his country for 60 years, wrote a farewell letter addressed to the American people. His former campaign manager and friend, Rick Davis, read it, his emotions barely under control, at times.
This is how Davis began, CNN reported:
‘These are John’s final words and the family’s asked that we present these to you today.’
Senator McCain reminded us of the dignity that everyone deserves. He also showed how happiness was far richer when it comes with a variety of experiences:
‘To be connected to America’s causes: liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people, brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Fellow Americans, that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American.’
The Arizona senator spoke about who we are, “a nation of ideals:”
‘We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world.’
The father of seven children also pointed toward that which hurts the great American idea:
‘We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls rather than tear them down. When we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.’
McCain reminded us that the “present difficulties” are far less than the “greatness of America.”
‘Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable here.’
He also asked us to remember who Americans are, that we “never quit, never surrender, never hide:”
Americans never quit, we never surrender, we never hide from history. We make history. Farewell fellow Americans. God bless you and God bless America.’
If you want more, this is a video of one of McCain’s greatest speeches below:
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