I received an email from Cindy McCain soliciting a generous donation to preserve her husband’s legacy. Here is my reply and the email.
I don’t know how you received my email. Please remove my name from any future mailings. Whatever John McCain was or was not, I know one thing: he was a vindictive, bitter man who single-handedly ruined health care for every American.
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2019 4:23 PM Subject: Protecting my husband’s legacy
The legacy and record of John McCain are under attack. John never gave up the fight, and neither will we.
| Dear Friends, |
If there was a single word that mattered more to John than any other, that word may very well have been “integrity.” John strived to live each day of his
life with the utmost integrity – from his early days in the United States
Navy, to defending our country and standing with his fellow POWs in Vietnam,
to being a statesman of the U.S. Senate and representing America around the
Friends, the legacy and record of John McCain are under attack. Through the
years, many of you heard John say “a fight not joined is a fight not enjoyed.”
Today, the fight we are fighting is for John’s integrity, his record and his legacy.
I’m proud to serve as Chair of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University created to honor John’s leadership and legacy of public service. Founded seven years ago to advance character-driven leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom, and human dignity, in the United States and around the world, the Institute is now my home.
The McCain Institute has well-established programs in combatting human
trafficking, advancing human rights, empowering the next generation of global
leaders and promoting rule of law and security. Through it all, we remain centered on the core issues of character and values in leadership and the way it is
applied in all of our different focus areas.
As Theodore Roosevelt said, and as John loved to quote, “It is not the critic who counts.” It is the person In The Arena willing to take a stand, to take a risk, in
order to serve causes greater than all of us. At the McCain Institute, we are
proud to be “In The Arena.” Like John, we strive every day to fight for what we
believe is right.
As Americans, we deserve leaders, like my husband, who will inspire us to put America ahead of our self-interest.
I hope I can count on your support to continue to exemplify John’s
service to our country and maintain a legacy of putting country first. If so, please join me in the arena at The McCain Institute by making a
generous contribution to support our efforts. We are the front line in defending the American ideals that my husband cherished.
To quote John’s farewell statement to Americans last August:
“Do not despair of our present difficulties but believe always in the promise and greatness of America, because nothing is inevitable
here. Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide
from history. We make history.”
John never gave up the fight, and neither will we.
Now more than ever, John would not want us to back down from a fight. He never did. The values John fought for weren’t just his, they are and remain American ideals. When our leaders threaten those most cherished ideals – it’s time for all of us to fight for them again.
Together in our fight to protect John’s legacy, we will again make history. Thank you for the many years of friendship and support that you always
showed my husband. He was always grateful and I remain so today.
Cindy H. McCain
McCain Institute Foundation