It’s Happened. On The 25th Day Of August 2018, Senator John McCain Lost His Final Battle At 81

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“We the people” who remotely keep up with the news, had learned that Senator John McCain had very recently decided to stop any future medical treatments to treat an aggressive form of brain cancer that he had been diagnosed with, earlier this year.

Knowing what a fighter that Senator John McCain is by nature, there had to be good reasons for this decision. It appears that Senator McCain succumbed to the inevitable because of complications. He went down fighting.

Many of us have been decrying his absence from the floor of the US Congress where he could be counted on to be a voice of conscience for the Republican Party. No one else has taken over the mantel to be his voice and to be a check on power, for example, like he proved to be against our current republican President Donald Trump who despised the ground  that Senator McCain walked on, as he could never measure up.

He will be sorely missed by peoples from both sides of the aisle and the vast majority of the American peoples. He was one of a kind, that maverick, that pain in the back to many of his colleagues, whom we could count on for his decency and honor.

He was known to be an avid fan of baseball and a frequent reader of works by Ernest Hemingway and someone who was definitely his own person. He was not afraid to admit that he messed up or made a mistake.

When he passed away, he was surrounded by his family and loved ones.

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Here is the rest of the story…

On August 25, 2018, Allan Smith of the Business Insider penned the following details about his life, “John McCain, war hero and longtime senator, dead at 81”

“Republican Sen. John McCain, an internationally renowned Vietnam War hero who served for 30 years in the Senate representing Arizona, died Saturday due to complications stemming from brain cancer.”

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John McCain Son James and Daughter Meghan

“McCain, 81, was a part of many of the past three decades’ most significant political moments. He was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee in a contest he lost to President Barack Obama. He also sought the presidency in 2000, mounting a primary campaign against President George W. Bush.”

“A graduate of the Naval Academy, the Arizona Republican followed both his father and grandfather, who were four-star admirals, into the US Navy, where he carried out airstrike missions.”

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Sen. McCain after he returned from Vietnam

“During a 1967 bombing run over Hanoi, McCain’s plane was shot down, nearly killing him. He was captured by North Vietnamese forces and spent six years as a prisoner of war, suffering brutal beatings at the hands of his captors, which left him with lifelong physical ailments.”

“He quickly lost 50 pounds and saw his hair turn white. His captors did not treat his injuries from the plane crash.”

“Because his father was named commander of US forces in Vietnam that same year, the North Vietnamese offered to release McCain early. He refused unless every prisoner of war taken before him was also released. He was soon placed in solitary confinement, where he would remain for the next two years. He was not released until March of 1973.”

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“Upon returning to the US, McCain was awarded a number of military medals, including two Purple Hearts. He soon set his sights on politics and ran for an Arizona congressional seat in 1982, winning a tough primary and subsequently the general election.”

“In 1986, he ran for the Senate seat vacated by longtime Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 1964. He won that election as well, and he has been reelected to the Senate for five additional terms — most recently in 2016.”

16 comments

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The nation has lost a great man … his voice silenced during this time when it’s most needed!!
    ‘Knowing what a fighter that Senator John McCain is by nature, there had to be good reasons for this decision. It appears that Senator McCain succumbed to the inevitable because of complications. He went down fighting.’
    May he rest in eternal peace!!

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    • Dear Horty,

      I wasn’t expecting this to happen so soon after he decided to end his cancer treatment. I had hoped that he would return just one time to the floor of the US Senate to give his republican colleagues an earful that they so richly deserve.

      Thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • I was not expecting McCain’s death to be so quickly. In December 2008, my husband decided to stop cancer treatment. Even with chemo, the cancer went into his bones and it had been almost 6 months of treatment with bone cancer that was not stopping the cancer from growing. So in December 2008, he was home for hospice and a morphine drip was the only thing he was provided. His diet consisted of baby food. On February 7, 2009, he transitioned. I anticipated that McCain would live for at least another month. The cancer must have metastasized in all of his internal organs that were already shutting down on Friday.

        My heart hurts for his family and our nation.

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        • Dear Xena,

          I’m so sorry to learn about your loss. Losing loved ones to the ravages of cancer is always a rough time. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 9 years already.

          I’m saddened that Senator McCain’s family did not have more time with him after he quit his treatment. But then, we know that he wouldn’t have quit easily. Some of the news reports mentioned that he died of complications. I bet this was complications due to his treatment.

          He’ll be missed.

          Hugs, Gronda

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        • Gronda,
          Thanks for your kind words and compassion. I also lost my oldest sister to cancer. In July 1986, she was diagnosed with stomach cancer and waived all treatment. She died the Friday before Thanksgiving that same year.

          Prayers of comfort to the McCain family.

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    • Dear Kim,

      Like you said, this happened so soon after he with his family had announced that he was ending any further treatment for his brain cancer. The treatment must have been brutal.

      His was a voice that was badly needed in the US Senate. I disagreed with him a lot but I never once had any doubt of his intent to put his country first, before party loyalty.

      At least he was able to give the finger to his republican leadership and the White House when it came to his vote regarding Obamacare.

      Hugs, Gronda

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    • Dear Suzanne,

      This was sad news but it is something we all knew was inevitable. I pray that President Trump is smart enough to keep his mouth shut, at least at this moment.

      Thanks a million times over for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

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      • Yes, it was sad but expected. I’m beginning to be worried even before I read any news involving President Trump. It would be in extremely poor taste if he was to say or Tweet something nasty about Senator McCain now but that hasn’t stopped him in the past. —- Suzanne

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    • Dear Colettebytes,

      The Republican Party used to be replete with men like Senator McCain, like Senator Bob Dole and the former President George H. W. Bush. He is the last of an era when decency, honor, integrity, fairness, compromise were not foreign words.

      Now he is a reminder of how far the Republican Party has fallen into the mud of all that is ugly.

      Hugs, Gronda

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  2. A wonderful tribute to a fine decent man. I hope there are more like him out there somewhere in politics.
    My husband died of glioblastoma several years ago. It is a particularly horrible cancer and always fatal.

    If trump makes any decent tweet, it will be because he was forced to by his advisors, not because it will be heartfelt. He has no heart.

    Rest In Peace, John McCain…

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    • Dear Mary Lumbago,

      What I’m hoping for, is that some of the GOP in the US Congress will discover that they have a backbone. They are going to be witnessing all the positive eulogies from leaders from both sides of the aisle which just may prick some hardened hearts among some of his colleagues in the US Senate.

      Guess who is not invited to attend the funeral of Senator John McCain. The answer is President Trump.

      Hugs, Gronda

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