Most people of the Millennial generation know Senator John McCain (R–Arizona) as the man who ran against President Barack Obama back in 2008. Back then, it was easy to cast him off for his age (72 years young), his staunch conservative values, and for bringing Sarah Palin to infamy in American politics. However, his recent speech on the Senate Floor, and move against the GOP Health Care legislation, show just how crucial bipartisan politicians like McCain are to the future of the United States. Many younger, left-leaning voters might write McCain off as another conservative, but it is important to consider his influence and understand why every American should respect the Senator.
A man with a shining military history, choosing to enter the political landscape to do the thing he knows best: serve the American people.
In the 2016 election, Senator McCain rescinded his support for President Trump, saying in early October to POLTICO that, “Donald Trump’s behavior [this week], concluding with the disclosure of his demeaning comments about women and his boasts about sexual assaults, make it impossible to continue to offer even conditional support for his candidacy.”
Respect for McCain in the Senate did not yield this month–the vote on major legislation was postponed while he underwent surgery, and eventually discovered that he has brain cancer. But that did not deter him, and he returned not only to cast his vote against it, but give a passionate speech about bipartisanship and the needs of the American public from its governing body.
“Let’s trust each other. Let’s return to regular order. We’ve been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle. That’s an approach that’s been employed by both sides, mandating legislation from the top down, without any support from the other side, with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires.”
What this writer thinks is crucial to understand about McCain is that he is a man of the people, and not in the way that President Trump tried to utilize in his 2016 campaign. McCain has decided to actively support a system put in place that encourages people from across the country to come together and govern, together, not against one another. Having older, more conservative members of the federal government is necessary in order to keep representation accurate, but there is a stronger resonance for their presence when they are open-minded and willing to partner across the aisle in order to work for a greater good.
Now, this is not saying that we should all align with every facet of his politics. There are many facets of his political agenda that one may not agree with, and for that thank independent thought. What it does mean though is that there is hope for the American political system. And as the lot of us college students and recent graduates continue to contemplate the vast weaknesses of the current state, it is important for us to hope. Senator John McCain is not perfect, but he represents a great deal of hope. Hope that people of different mentalities can unite to govern a whole, rather than misrepresentation of the majority. Continuing to fight for the little guys has been the cornerstone of American Democracy, and with a little bit of hope, and a few men like Senator McCain… that kind of work is still possible.
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