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Beatrice Rangel: Are We Crying for the Loss of a Hero or the Loss of Our Soul
Former Venezuela Presidential Chief of Staff Beatrice Rangel examines the lessons and losses of John McCain and the America he represented.

By Beatrice E. Rangel

Death has claimed a gentleman and a brave freedom fighter.

John Mc Cain leaves this world at a point in time when the country he so deeply loved is immersed in turmoil.

After having launched the most transformative revolution that through digitalization reinvented the world, the United States is marred in doubts about its ethos, its surroundings and the relations that it must sustain with other nations.

An internecine war of attrition is rambling. It denies everything Americans took for self-evident.

The value of dissent; the significance of being truthful; the responsibility of leading the Free World are being ransacked on daily basis.

"Alternative facts" deny the weight of evidence and children and minorities are constantly subject to violence or disdain.

In a nutshell: the U.S. seems to be taking a very un-American path at a time in history when it should be spreading the American gospel to a world taken aback by cyber realities.

These are the days when Americans would rather believe in a bullying free country where goodness, kindness, respect and honor are self-evident because in those values lies greatness. Because as Joe Biden brilliantly put it in his heartfelt eulogy, the country is in a desperate search for a leader that is "..neither selfish or self-serving..." A leader like John Mc Cain who "..understood that America, first and foremost, was an idea . . . organized around, not tribe, but ideals".

Such a leader must wear the clothes of truth and the scepter of equanimity.

A leader that understands the complexities of change and its uneven impact upon the population thereby prompting him or her to provide cover and self-transforming tools to those that are adversely affected.

Those are the concern fulcrum for true leadership because no nation reaches greatness by allowing the left behind.

Leadership educates to promote the flowering of skills and talents among the unfortunate. But above all, John McCain represented to all Americans trust.

Those that shared his beliefs and those that opposed him trusted him. Young and old, rich and poor, and people of all political persuasions and religious beliefs saw in John McCain's integrity. Because as Joe Biden went on to say in describing his relationship to John McCain: "Above all, we understood the same thing, all politics is personal. It's all about trust. I trusted John with my life, and I would, and I think he would trust me with his...."

Trusting people with our own life builds capacity while bullying builds hate. We have good reason to cry for the departed warrior. We are left with no one to project our virtues in resolving the riddle of modernity.

Beatrice Rangel is President & CEO of the AMLA Consulting Group, which provides growth and partnership opportunities in US and Hispanic markets. AMLA identifies the best potential partner for businesses which are eager to exploit the growing buying power of the US Hispanic market and for US Corporations seeking to find investment partners in Latin America. Previously, she was Chief of Staff for Venezuela President Carlos Andres Perez as well as Chief Strategist for the Cisneros Group of Companies.

For her work throughout Latin America, Rangel has been honored with the Order of Merit of May from Argentina, the Condor of the Andes Order from Bolivia, the Bernardo O'Higgins Order by Chile, the Order of Boyaca from Colombia, and the National Order of Jose Matías Delgado from El Salvador.

You can follow her on twitter @BEPA2009 or contact her directly at BRangel@amlaconsulting.com.


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