Lanhee Chen: We Should Listen to Senator McCain

I hope you heard about Senator John McCain’s heroic to the floor of the United States Senate to keep the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare alive.

We should—and his colleagues should—listen. With reference to “their deliberations” he said: “They can be sincere and principled. But they are more partisan, more tribal more of the time than any other time I remember.”

Senator McCain has seen and accomplished much during his decades as an elected official, in service to the people of Arizona and the country.

So his words from the Senate floor should serve as a warning to all of us: Our system of deliberative democracy is suffering and our public officials may only be making it worse.

It’s a sad observation from someone we should listen to.

For our part, we should focus on sending to Washington people are who are focused on solving problems, not just demagoging them; people who put patriotism above partisanship; people who appeal to what unites us, rather than what divides us.