Over the weekend, John McCain said something worth repeating. Here’s the AP story:
Sen. John McCain called Saturday for a presidential campaign that is more like a respectful argument among friends than a bitter clash of enemies, and said he is better able than either of his Democratic rivals to govern across party lines.
“We have nothing to fear from each other,” the Arizona senator said as he wrapped up a weeklong trip designed to broaden his appeal beyond the voters who cast ballots in last winter’s Republican primaries.
“We are arguing over the means to better secure our freedom, promote the general welfare and defend our ideals.”
“Let us exercise our responsibilities as free people. But let us remember we are not enemies,” he added.
I’m a fierce believe in policy and issues debate. And, like Senator McCain, I don’t consider my debate opponents to be my enemies.
This point was quite relevant to me last week when I posted on this blog my thoughts about Elizabeth Edwards and cancer research.
That posting got noticed in several circles in the blogosphere – and produced an outpouring of responses. Many of them were thoughtful and, although several disagreed with my position, were worth presenting on my blog. This is such an important – and emotional – issue that I’m eager to keep the conversation going, even with folks who don’t agree with me. In fact a few of these comments led to me to alter my view, and I now feel Mrs. Edwards truly did a service by further raising the profile of the critical issue of cancer in the political equation. The more focus and discussion the better.
Many more comments, unfortunately, left the realm of polite debate. I’m aware of those comments as well and, although I do appreciate their eagerness and earnestness on this issue, it’s probably better off to maintain a higher plane of discourse.
But thanks to all for taking the time to read my thoughts. It’s a valuable conversation. Let’s keep it going.