World lost a good man: John McCain dead at 81

By Darlene Vann
Col: Musings
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EDGEWATER, Fla. -- The world lost a good man on Saturday. John McCain, 81, lost his long and hard fought battle with brain cancer and with it, a man who, with grace and intelligence, served his country well.

McCain could have stopped after fighting in the Viet Nam war where he was captured and spent five grueling years in captivity in a POW camp. That would have been enough for any man but the McCain’s are not like that. They do not give up.

John McCain saw a need to go into politics to try to keep his country on safe, steady ground. He was desperately needed for his ability to compromise and work with his fellow congressman on the other side of the aisle if he saw an impasse coming.

John McCain / Headline SurferJohn McCain could have stopped after fighting in the Viet Nam war where he was captured and spent five grueling years in captivity in a POW camp. That would have been enough for any man but the McCain’s are not like that. They do not give up.

John McCain saw a need to go into politics to try to keep his country on safe, steady ground. He was desperately needed for his ability to compromise and work with his fellow congressman on the other side of the aisle if he saw an impasse coming.

McCain seemed to know that compromise was the only way we ever became a country at all. Way back when two parties were trying to form a nation if those opposing factions did not compromise with each other there would be no country, no constitution, and no freedom. We would still be part of England.

This country has made much progress since then all the while living by the constitution.

We, today, are living in times drafters of the US Constitution could not foresee what we one day would face. While most of the Constitution was and still is common sense some of it needs to be revised for the times but fairly for all concerned. Fortunately, our forefathers knew things would come up that would necessitate such changes and made provision for ways to go about making those changes.

If our House and Senate could apply the same techniques as those before them, learn to cross the aisle and compromise we would have a much better country. We saw that Senator McCain knew how to do just that and he was trying to teach leaders to not just say no to a Republican bill because you are a Democrat and vise versa. Sadly, they did not seem to see his point all the years he tried.

Who can now take his place? I can think of no one near his scruples and strength to fight the pack of wolves trying to shove the bad bills through.

Also sadly, the man is not yet in his grave and there are people on social media calling him a traitor and a thief and saying they are glad he is dead. It makes me sick seeing anyone maligned like that. Some people have no respect.

I am not a Republican, but I admired this man’s strength, positive thinking, and willingness to stand up to bullies in his own party if he disagreed with them. McCain had read and thought about all sides before making a decision and would back up what he said or where he stood.

There is no one like McCain in the federal government so I hope the mid-term elections this year bring forth some new blood and perhaps someone close to John McCain’s sincerity and dedication to his country.

McCain's suffering is over. May he finally rest in peace.

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Musings By Darlene Vann
Darlene Vann is a resident of Edgewater and has been with the 24/7 Internet newspaper from the onset. She likes to write about the lighter side of life, but sometimes feels compelled to tackle some of the tougher issues. The blog, "Musings" (and its contents), is the sole copyright-protected intellectual property of NSB News LLC, and cannot be reproduced, copied or published in whole or in part elsewhere without the prior expressed written permission of the publisher. NSBNews.net, VolusiaNews.net and HeadlineSurfer.com are owned by NSB News LLC. All three domains fall under the umbrella of Headline Surfer, a registered trademark.