Last week was a red letter week in Washington DC, in more ways than one.
Dozens of patriotic AMAC Delegates, representing the nation at an extraordinary time in our history, made a significant impact on Washington this week.
As if the stars of history, respect, moral compass and commitment to our nation’s future were in perfect alignment, AMAC Delegates convened in Washington with one mission – and completed several missions.
The primary mission was, as long and thoughtfully planned, to visit nearly 100 congressional offices to discuss the importance of AMAC priorities, from fiscal discipline to innovative ways for advancing medical care for seniors.
Discussed were topics ranging from moral leadership and the historical bankruptcy of socialism, to the importance of recognizing and rewarding those with courage in Congress. AMAC Delegates reinforced the importance of leadership, action and accountability. Their message resonated.
As a burgeoning national organization of active, caring seniors, with 1.5 million members and rapidly growing, the attending AMAC Delegates pressed Congress to support legislation of importance for older Americans – and the future of the Nation.
A centerpiece was the cost-saving – and path-breaking – legislation called the “Good Samaritan Charitable Physicians’ Services Act of 2018,” which offers a tax deduction for medical care given to those unable to afford it. This bill, H.R. 5856, is already supported by a number of forward-thinking, fiscally responsible and senior-focused members of Congress. If not hotlined in 2018, it is certain to be reintroduced in early 2019.
But this was a week for the ages. This week, former President George Herbert Walker Bush, man of humility and honor, goodness and humor, nobility, courage and decency took his leave – at age 94.
Volumes could be written, have been and will be, about his impact on the times in which he lived. His accomplishments were legion:
Ending the Soviet Union, with dexterity and grace. Bringing down the Berlin Wall, which divided Germany, and kept millions of souls captive who simply yearned for – and on Bush’s watch found – freedom. Pioneering civil rights legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and placing priority on balanced budgets.
But he was so much more: America’s youngest naval aviator, combat veteran shot down – and back in a TBM Avenger cockpit within 30 days, flying and nearly dying for the America he loved.
Man of depthless dignity and unwavering kindness, he was first a loving father of six, one of whom died at age three, causing him to fortify his broken heart. And Barbara’s.
From there, he would become a member of Congress, head of the CIA when moral compass was needed, rebuilder of the Republican Party after Watergate, envoy to China when diplomacy called, Ambassador to the UN, then Ronald Reagan’s loyal Vice President – before becoming our Commander-in-Chief.
AMAC Delegates knew their American history, knew this good and great man for what he was, and knew their duty. Those who could waited hours, to pay their respects and say prayers at the side of his flag-draped casket, in the Capitol’s grand and humbling Rotunda.
It was a transformative moment, inspiring, reflective and an indication of what can yet be – as much as what has already been. The AMAC loyalists in Washington this week, many of whom were veterans, honored this great president – and did AMAC proud by their presence. So, there was a second mission completed.
And perhaps the third completed mission was to ponder, as AMAC Delegates did this week collectively under the roof of the Heritage Foundation, the meaning of all this, the perpetual call to duty, love of country and principle – even in turbulent times.
To see all this up close was inspiring, invigorating, and uplifting, a palpable restoration of hope in a time of national ambivalence and confusion, a reminder that – even in stiff winds – true north never changes. And keeping that bearing is what makes a life worthwhile, and the value of an organization like AMAC clear. God bless America.