Recently I listened to John McCain read his essay for the radio series This I Believe. During his days as a schoolboy he learned, “If we stuck to those standards of integrity and honor, then we could be proud of ourselves.” Honor and integrity have been primary for McCain ever since then.
In light of all this, I feel confused by McCain's voting for the tax bill, knowing, as he must have known, that so many predictions based on objective facts have said that this tax law would benefit those who are rich at the expense of the rest of us who are not rich.
Unless the senator separates in his mind justice from honor and integrity – I doubt that he does – then by voting for an unjust law he has acted dishonorably. We in Arizona have entrusted our well-being to John McCain as our senator. By unjustly taking from the poor to give to the rich, he has betrayed our trust by increasing the financial insecurity and hardship of so many of our people.
Honorable? I don't think so. McCain stands at the end of an honorable career, and perhaps in the twilight of an honorable life. If John McCain votes for the last, reconciled version of the tax bill, he will leave as part of his legacy this dishonorable act. I will grieve for him as a fellow human, and for us as his fellow humans. I wish him well.