The U.S. is a widow today. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, never have so many owed so much to one person, John McCain.
McCain represented the best about our democracy. He believed in dialog and in working with the other side of the aisle. He worked to build bridges with the opposition and his integrity and honesty is unmatched in today's political circus.He had character and faith in American goodness.
Today we see politicians who through deferments, political connections or who knows what, avoided military service and now pretend to be military experts or know about military life when the only military experience they have is to have watched a Memorial Day parade.
McCain lived a military man's life. He is a bona fide hero who put his principles ahead of his personal convenience as a prisoner of war.
McCain proved his independence when he voted against repealing the Affordable Care Act in spite of being heavily lobbied by the current administration.
He lived his life fully with honor and for that the country is better off today. More politicians should emulate his conduct and personal behavior.