The day following John McCain’s acceptance speech as the Republican nominee, I was doing a lesson on WWII and the dictators Mussolini and Hitler, who were seeking to take over the world. In that lesson, the end of Winston Churchill’s famous speech “Fight on the Beaches” was highlighted. As I read aloud Churchill’s words, it was clear to me that McCain’s speech writer was echoing Churchill. Here is the excerpt from the end of Churchill’s famous speech:

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills: we shall never surrender.

John McCain’s acceptance speech is littered with “fight” references, twenty-five times to be exact. 

McCain said, “I don’t mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way: In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test.” 

What did John McCain say he will fight for? He will: 

“fight for your future”

“fight for Americans”

“fight for you”

“fight for families”

“fight to restore the price and principles of our party”

NOT “fighting over who gets the credit” but sharing it. 

“fight for [his] country”

“fight for the men [he] had the honor to serve with”

fight for “an idea” and “a cause”

“fight for [his country] as long as [he] draw[s] breath”

And here’s the Coda to McCain’s Nomination speech:

I’m going to fight for my cause every day as your president.

I’m going to fight to make sure every American has every reason to thank God, as I thank him, that I’m an American, a proud citizen of the greatest country on Earth. And with hard work — with hard word, strong faith, and a little courage, great things are always within our reach.

Fight with me. Fight with me.

Fight for what’s right for our country. Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children’s future. Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies. Stand up for each other, for beautiful, blessed, bountiful America.

Stand up, stand up, stand up, and fight.

Nothing is inevitable here. We’re Americans, and we never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

Note the similarities between the speeches. McCain, not known for his rhetorical skills, spoke this section passionately and the crowd resonated with his , spontaneously standing and cheering. And the speech writer who connected the dots between the two men, two epochs, and two speeches: Brilliant.

Here is a moving video featuring that excerpt of John McCain’s acceptance speech:

Now, stand up and fight for our country-the land of the free, home of the brave!


h/t on Video –The Patriot Room

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