The Wednesday Read: School Starts, Anti-Tester ads, & Farewell Message

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan

Today’s commentary deals with these issues:

  • School Starts
  • Anti-Tester Attack Ads
  • Farewell Statement from Senator John McCain

School Starts:

School starts in many places across Montana this week, so please be careful while driving – and be sure to slow down in school zones.

Thanks to all the employees in the schools – you are very much appreciated.

Have a great school year!

Anti-Tester Attack Ads:

Mike Dennison of MTN News reviewed some anti-Jon Tester ads that are running on Montana television stations.

Tester is running for reelection for U.S. Senate. His main challenger is Republican Matt Rosendale.

Local television is saturated with ads from the candidates and their outside groups.

One ad says that Tester voted against President Trump 60% of the time, but Dennison found that in Congressional Quarterly, which tracks all votes in Congress, Tester voted with Trump on 52 percent of the votes where the president took a position in 2017 – one of the higher rankings among Senate Democrats.

That’s just one part of one ad that was not correct. Many of the claims in the ads are stretching the truth or just outright lies. The headline from the article says they are “Not telling the whole story” is pretty accurate.

This is the problem with campaign ads – many are not true or stretch the truth. It is another reason people are turned off by politics.

You can read the full report from Dennison HERE.

Farewell Statement from Senator John McCain:

Phoenix, Arizona – Rick Davis, Senator John McCain’s former presidential campaign manager and a family spokesman, read the following farewell statement from Senator McCain at a press conference at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, Arizona recently:

“My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,

“Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them.

“I have often observed that I am the luckiest person on earth. I feel that way even now as I prepare for the end of my life. I have loved my life, all of it. I have had experiences, adventures and friendships enough for ten satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life, in good or bad times, for the best day of anyone else’s.

“I owe that satisfaction to the love of my family. No man ever had a more loving wife or children he was prouder of than I am of mine. And I owe it to America. To be connected to America’s causes – liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people – brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.

“‘Fellow Americans’ – that association has meant more to me than any other. I lived and died a proud American. We are citizens of the world’s greatest republic, a nation of ideals, not blood and soil. We are blessed and are a blessing to humanity when we uphold and advance those ideals at home and in the world. We have helped liberate more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history. We have acquired great wealth and power in the process.

“We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. We weaken it when we hide behind walls, rather than tear them down, when we doubt the power of our ideals, rather than trust them to be the great force for change they have always been.

“We are three-hundred-and-twenty-five million opinionated, vociferous individuals. We argue and compete and sometimes even vilify each other in our raucous public debates. But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country we will get through these challenging times. We will come through them stronger than before. We always do.

“Ten years ago, I had the privilege to concede defeat in the election for president. I want to end my farewell to you with the heartfelt faith in Americans that I felt so powerfully that evening.

I feel it powerfully still.

“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.

“Farewell, fellow Americans. God bless you, and God bless America.”