- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 20, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Sen. John McCain has brain cancer.

Now, even those who can’t stand his politics — who’ve fought him tooth and nail over policy, legislation, RINO-ism and globalism — wish him well, hope for the best and send him prayers. This is how God works: through struggles, a light. And in Washington, D.C., in this highly charged political atmosphere filled with vicious rhetoric and stabbing accusations — and struggles — a light is nonpartisanship.

It’s the same light the nation saw shine after Sept. 11, when Democrats and Republicans alike stood on Capitol Hill steps and displayed a united, compassionate front. It’s the same light that brought together Democrats and Republicans in prayer and well-wishes for Bill Clinton, during his scares with heart issues.

And now it’s blaring for McCain.

“@SenJohnMcCain,” tweeted Sen. Chuck Schumer, as The Hill noted, “you are a true fighter & I’ll be praying for you until you beat this. I know you will.”

From Sen. Dean Heller, also on Twitter: “@SenJohnMcCain is a man of principle, integrity and the father to a loving family. The entire country is with him in this fight.”

From Sen. Cory Booker: “My thoughts and prayers are with @SenJohnMcCain, a true hero. Cancer is up against one of America’s toughest fighters.”

From Rep. Steve Scalise, who’s still suffering under his own gunshot injuries: “Praying for my friend @SenJohnMcCain, one of the toughest people I know.”

From Joe Biden: “John and I have been friends for 40 years. He’s gotten through so much difficulty with so much grace. He is strong — and he will beat this.”

And from Mr. Clinton, this tweet: “As he’s shown his entire life, don’t bet against John McCain. Best wishes to him for a swift recovery.”

The most cynical will see such tweets — first, from a Democrat, then a Republican, then Democrat again, and Republican — as pure political posturing, a 120-character quick and easy public display of protocol. And maybe it is. But not all. Definitely not all.

We’re commanded in the Bible: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”

So with that in mind: McCain’s brain cancer, sad as it is, still shows that a nation torn by politics can come together in hope and prayer. His unfortunate suffering casts a light, causes a pause, and reminds of the realization that we’re actually all in this together.

 

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