Thank you, Senator McCain for being honorable and true.
I am not an Arizonian, and I am not a Republican, but I am an American.
I believe your words for you have repeatedly and consistently demonstrated that they are your moral compass over your many years in service to our great country.
While I don’t agree with many of your positions, I salute you as one of the few of our elected Republican senators (or Representatives) with enough courage to stand for what you know is right. And lest I be partisan, were the tables turned, I have no doubt that the members of the Democratic party would behave just about the same. Not about party. It’s about backbone.
Our country along with our many allies, stands for what is right. And this stance falls above any affiliation to party, or even above any opportunity to have your particular agenda fulfilled. To be sure, both create strong pulls toward long-unfulfilled policy objectives. Within the US, and in the West in general we have indeed become polarized on many fronts as the seemingly unfailing promise of economic richness has supported our views, and bolstered our powers.
But this polarization is false — we are Americans, and we do support the same fundamental principles, by and large. And this is true for both yourself, myself, and for many others in our country, and the Western nations.
We can indeed put America first, just as we have for generations. We cannot do it by abandoning our principles, for if we do we have indeed abandoned our country. We can continue, with effort, with sacrifice, and with courage by leading the world towards your vision, my vision, the Western vision of honor, truth, justice, fairness, solidarity with our allies, and so many other ideals that now seem at risk.
Thank you for being true to all Americans, to yourself, but most importantly, for being an exemplar for the junior senators and representatives (or even the so-called leaders) who know only how to reject, not how to create.
With great respect,
A died-in-the-wool progressive, liberal, guy-from-Massachusetts,