Some of us have been knocking on doors lately for our candidate, a scarily daunting task given not only the local political climate but the known fact that Texas is a non-voting state. What we’ve gotten to experience, however, is our delight in what we’ve discovered behind the doors of Stephenville:
· The newly minted citizen so excited to vote for her first time, eager to get information and confirm the process;
· The older woman so proud of her family’s history of decades of dedicated grassroots activity;
· The lady with sparkling eyes and a peeled onion in her hand, beaming at us for saying out loud so many of her own thoughts, glad for the moments of direct and open expression. We were invited back for fajitas.
· The millennial so eloquent on her generation’s need for education on the issues and basic civics, she drawing clear distinction between apathy and lack of awareness in her generation while stating her own thoughtful vision of unity and problem solving;
· The retired professor who expressed his deep concern for our institutions that are so under attack, he grateful that we were out doing something;
· The many people who admitted limited political awareness but allowed and engaged in discussion of issues and candidate stances.
It is nothing short of thrilling to feel the vibrancy of the people of Stephenville, USA. John McCain described falling in love with America during his captivity “for its decency, for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it,” he said, “because it was not just a place but an idea, a cause worth fighting for,” he courageously true to his word in his bipartisan willingness to compromise.
John McCain belonged to all of us, regardless of our political persuasion, because he loved us and had been willing to die for us – a living example in his personal code of ethics of the greatest example. He underscored that the values we stand for are worth the effort we go to.
John McCain could not come back from this last physical captivity, but he comes back in US if we inform ourselves, engage, draw deeply from our values that rise above self-interest, and vote. Let’s do our part. Let’s send our collective votes up to the sky, like balloons released in tribute to our John McCain and his belief in us.