Republican Senator John McCain, who for months has been battling brain cancer, is now home in Arizona. He has recently made the announcement that he will not be seeking re-election for the Senate. This will, in other words, be his last months as a public servant.
According to reports, even after receiving news about his brain cancer, John McCain would not admit to himself that he would no longer be able to serve as a senator.
“This is my last term. If I hadn’t admitted that to myself before this summer, a stage 4 cancer diagnosis acts as ungentle persuasion,” he wrote in his book, “The Restless Wave." “I’m freer than colleagues who will face the voters again. I can speak my mind without fearing the consequences much. And I can vote my conscience without worry.”
Consequently, the senator has been openly criticizing President Trump.
“He has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones. The appearance of toughness, or a reality show facsimile of toughness, seems to matter more than any of our values.”
McCain, who represents the old guard of the Republican Party, claims that he would like to see his party and nation return to the purposes and practices that "distinguish our history." Among those practices, he says, is compromise, which McCain says he "championed" throughout his years in the Senate.
“I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different,” he wrote. “We are citizens of a republic made of shared ideals forged in a new world to replace the tribal enmities that tormented the old one. Even in times of political turmoil such as these, we share that awesome heritage and the responsibility to embrace it.”
John McCain announced that he is dreading what will come of his cancer diagnosis. The Arizona senator says that he loves the world and believes it is a place worth fighting for.
"I hate to leave it," he said. "But I don’t have a complaint. Not one. It’s been quite a ride. I’ve known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make a peace. I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times.”
John McCain, currently fighting brain cancer, hugged his son-in-law and asked him to look after his daughter. Newsweek writes that this was revealed in a tweet that was later deleted.
Ben Domenech, who publishes the conservative website The Federalist, is married to Meghan McCain. And he posted on Twitter the following message.
"John hugged me tonight. He asked me to take care of Meghan. I said I would."
John McCain has represented Arizona as a Republican either in the House of Representatives or Senate since 1983. He was hospitalized in mid-April for an operation to treat an intestinal infection related to diverticulitis, an inflammation or infection of the diverticula, the small pouches that can form in the lining of the intestines.
It was announced last year that McCain has brain cancer.
In recent news, a Supreme Court justice is scheduled today for shoulder replacement surgery after a fall and injury in her private home.