The everyday patriotism of John McCain
While there are doubtless celebrations in Moscow, the news that Sen. John McCain has irreversible brain cancer hit me harder than any such news since I sat in a seventh-grade classroom and our science teacher ran down the hall shouting, “The president’s been shot.”
Returning home at last, on crutches, he dedicated himself to serving the people of Arizona and the United States in Congress.
I knew he was 80, but McCain has been the indispensable man for so long I can’t ponder Congress without him.
And name it the “John McCain Freedom Act.”
It’s a hard path now that the word “patriotism” has been cheapened by demagogues and party hacks, by special interests waving flags for profit and by a host of dubious charities.