Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Goodbye Senator


Regardless of whether you’re a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent or none of the above, tonight you have to feel some sadness at the passing of Senator John McCain. A decent man who tried to solve problems through bipartisan support, he repeatedly spoke up against the inertia that is Congress. He was frustrated, as many of us are, by today’s political wheel spinning, by the lack of progress, by the rhetoric.

Maybe now we should take a moment and think about the lessons he was trying to teach us. That regardless of our own beliefs it’s always important to listen, really listen, to an opposing viewpoint. That we need to remember the art of compromise. That we can’t solve anything without support from both sides of the aisle

That not everyone across the aisle is an enemy.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, in his memory, we all try to be more open, more accepting of differences, more willing to try to understand opposing viewpoints. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, in his memory, members of Congress pull back on the rhetoric and work together to solve issues for the good of the country.

And wouldn’t it be wonderful if, in his memory, we all stepped up our attempts to be decent human beings. Regardless of political leanings.

Seems to me that would be an appropriate thank you for a life well lived.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

15 thoughts on “Goodbye Senator

  1. I didn’t know this 😔😔😔


  2. Well said!! Thank you. May he Rest In Peace and may we find some peace in this country in his memory.


  3. What a great tribute. Thank you. It’s easy too cast stones and that seems to be the norm today rather than the exception. We need to remember that our nation was founded on the principle of compromise. Enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead.


    • Isn’t that the truth. So easy to cast stones, to turn our back on people that think differently. But compromise is a skill that can be learned if we’re willing to try. A quote I’ve been hearing attributed to the Senator is: “Remember, the other side has to get something too.”

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  4. Beautifully said, Dawn. I agree, we have lost a great man, a man who stood up for his beliefs, who truly gave his all for his country. Listening to the news last night renewed by awareness, or filled my lack of awareness, of what he was – of his efforts to get our government moving, working together. Too bad our government didn’t listen.


    • I wasn’t that familiar with him either. Did see him speak on the floor of the Senate once, when we happened to be in the gallery. He was almost late, came rushing in, was obviously angry about something, either his lateness or some conversation he had had outside. Was speaking on Sierra , wanting us to get involved. I honestly don’t remember how that all turned out. But I remember being able to feel his anger even way up in the gallery.

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  5. Beautifully expressed, Dawn. Wouldn’t it be wonderful indeed!


  6. I was away from internet and TV for three days. Sorry to read about his passing!


  7. Well said/written! Yes, it would be wonderful. Let it be so.


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