A Response to John McCain, From a Former McCain Voter

I voted for Senator McCain in 2008, although I was not thrilled with his choice for vice president. I always loved that he was a centrist and a maverick, unafraid to speak his mind. Unfortunately, by the time of the election, he had lost much of what I loved about him. During the race, he allowed himself to moved further to the right; I am convinced losing this independence, and thus many Independents, is a significant reason he lost the election. (Of course Palin did not help him any.)

Senator McCain’s words sound good on paper. But the real question, and the one that remains to be seen is: Will he walk the walk?

Most of us share Heather Heyer’s values, not the depravity of the man who took her life…Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again. (WaPo)

Will you continue to make this clear to your “both sides” president and his minions? Will you stand up to him and beat this message like a drum? This is what Americans needed to hear – should have heard – from him, in the immediate aftermath of Charlottesville. A leader is desperately needed to help bring this country together, and we all know the president is not that leader. It must come from somewhere else.

Our entire system of government — with its checks and balances, its bicameral Congress, its protections of the rights of the minority — was designed for compromise.

Will you continue to make this clear to your colleagues? Will you stand up to them and repeatedly say these words, even when all you truly want is to win? Will you lead the return to respect and civility, even if that means going around the president?

He has proven he does not respect the rule of law. He has no regard for it. As for respect and civility, have you seen his Twitter account?

We don’t answer to him. We answer to the American people.

Will you continue to vote based on what the majority wants? Will you stand up to lobbyists and corporate interests and fight for the average American citizen? We saw you do this once in your vote against the healthcare bill. It gave us a glimmer of hope. Please, continue to do what you know is right.

These are all opportunities to show that ordinary, decent, free people can govern competently, respectfully and humbly, and to prove the value of the United States Congress to the great nation we serve.

That sounds fabulous, Senator McCain. We know that is how it is supposed to work. You are in the majority; this is your opportunity to shine. Continue to stand up. Make your words count. And now let us see it.

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