Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) passionately defended American idealism and condemned “half-baked, spurious nationalism” that has divided America in a moving acceptance speech Monday evening. He was awarded the prestigious Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center. He spoke about his 60-year career in public service, saying he was “so very grateful” to be “a bit player in the extraordinary story of America.” He was presented the medal by Joe Biden in an unusual show of bipartisan-ism.
McCain focused on the important position of America as a world leader. He described America as having a responsibility to the world. He indicated that we have a duty as Americans to take our position in the world as international leaders.
However, during his address, he attacked the growing divisions within the country, saying that “we have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause.” He said we are the “Last Best Hope of Earth”.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) attacked the growing divisions within the country, saying that “we have a moral obligation to continue in our just cause.”
I have no hope that McCain’s speech will change anything about Donald Trump. Trump has already shown his disrespect for McCain,and thereby Trump disrespected the sacrifice that McCain made serving our country.
Nobody knows better the implications of serving in our military for a cause bigger than America. It is outrageous that John McCain never became President and Trump did. John McCain, as a mere Senator, near the end of his term, and his life, is a better diplomat for our country than our President. McCain’s not perfect but he’s so much better than Trump. Thank God for his bravery in speaking out against Donald Trump. There is hope that his leadership will inspire other Republicans to distance themselves from Trump.