accidentally delayed – should have posted earlier this week…
A dear friend spoke my own heart when she wrote – – “I, like many people, have very mixed feelings about John McCain, but do not deny that he knew how to put together his own funeral. I also have mixed feelings about his daughter, but her eulogy was a beautiful tribute to her father and a great assist in his plans for said funeral.”
My thanks to her for this link to Charles Pierce’s “dispatch from the National Cathedral,” which includes these snippets from the very American moment:
MEGHAN MCCAIN – We gather to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice, those that live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served. He was a great fire who burned bright. In the past few days, my family and I have heard from so many of those Americans who stood in the warmth and light of his fire and found it illuminated what’s best about them. We are grateful to them because they’re grateful to him. A few have resented that fire for the light it cast upon them for the truth it revealed about their character, but my father never cared what they thought and even that small number still have the opportunity as long as they draw breath to live up to the example of John McCain. ~ ~ The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great.
GEORGE W. BUSH – Perhaps above all John detested the abuse of power, could not abide bigots and swaggering. He spoke up for the little guy, forgotten people in forgotten places. One friend from naval academy days recalls John reacted to seeing an upperclassman verbally abuse a steward. Against all tradition, he told the jerk to pick on someone his own size. It was a familiar refrain during the six decades of service.
BARACK OBAMA – John cared about the institutions of self-government, our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, rule of law, separation of powers, even the arcane rules and procedures of the Senate. He knew that in a nation as big and boisterous and diverse as ours, those institutions, those rules, those norms are what bind us together. They give shape and order to our common life, even when we disagree. Especially when we disagree.