This has been a week of memorials and tributes to John McCain, the Vietnam war hero, Republican senator from Arizona and presidential candidate who died at 81. Senator McCain served his constituents and the nation with honor, dignity and integrity.
Unfortunately, the Republican Party no longer exhibits any of those qualities. So as we mourn the death of a great leader and patriot, we should also take some time to mourn the passing of the Republican Party.
I used to consider myself a moderate Republican. No more, since the Republicans have abandoned any notion of compassionate conservatism to become a party consumed by corruption, racism and greed. And it amazes me that the people in this country who need help the most continually back the candidates who are determined to make sure that they don’t get it. Go figure.
Senator McCain admitted that he was far from perfect. And I agree. But my sense was that he tried to do the right thing by basing decisions and actions on what was best for the country and not for his own personal gain.
Still, McCain was not liked or respected by many Republicans who believed he wasn’t conservative enough. I guess they feel better now having Douchebag Donnie sitting in the White House, watching Fox News and waiting for the Mueller subpoena to land on the doorstep. And this is all happening while the current Republican leaders in Congress and elsewhere are milling about like innocent bystanders at a train wreck.
So we can say goodbye to the Republican Party at the same time we honor and bury John McCain: The Last Republican.
I’m Rob Jewell and I live and write in Woodland Park, Colorado, the City Above the Clouds.
I've been fortunate. I worked for 29 years at BFGoodrich in Akron, Ohio. I started editing employee publications and ended as vice president of corporate communications. Then I started a public relations consulting company before becoming a full-time faculty member in the School of Journalism at Kent State University. I taught courses in writing, public relations and mass communication ethics. And I supervised a student-run public relations firm, called Flash Communications. During my tenure at Kent State I was honored to receive the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award.
During most of this time I've been a dedicated runner. OK, jogger, if you take speed into consideration. But while my times are not much to write about, I was and am committed. For almost 30 years I ran at least 1,000 miles each year. (Except for one year when I tore my calf muscle playing tennis. So much for tennis.)
Being on the road most mornings at 5 a.m. gave me some time to think. It also led to some amazing friendships that now span more than three decades.
And my longtime love affair with running helped me shape my first novel, Then We Ran, which is available wherever electronic books are sold.
And just so you don't think that all I did was work and run, I have other interests as well, many centering on family.
My wife, Mary, was a successful and highly regarded career teacher in the Akron public schools. She now devotes her time and energy to a host of social and athletic activities in Woodland Park.
My son, Brian, teaches at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs where he is also the head soccer coach.
And my daughter, Jessica, has completed her doctorate at Kent State University where she is also an administrator with the Wick Poetry Center. I've done a lot of writing during my career -- but Jessica is the real writer in the family. I'll try not to make too many errors in this blog. I'm sure she'll be watching.
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