As is always the case, condolences are pouring in from former friends and political foes as well for Robert Dole, who passed away Sunday at the age of 98. Whether you were a fan of his politics or positions or not, you’d have to agree that Bob Dole was an American Hero and a testament to what can be accomplished in our country. Dole was left partially disabled during a German attack during World War II while fighting in Italy, but he didn’t let his disabilities hold him back, in fact he tried his best to hide them during a long political career that included 35 years representing Kansas in the U.S. House and the U.S. senate, and powerful positions in congress and in the Republican party. Bob Dole was a survivor, bouncing back from a loss as Vice Presidential running mate with candidate Jerald Ford in 1976 and to President Clinton during a white house bid in 1996. Dole had been largely absent from the political spot light over the past 25 years and announced earlier this year that he was fighting a battle with stage 4 cancer, a battle he lost yesterday at the age of 98. Even those who didn’t like Dole or his politics would have to admit that he could have given up when he was severely wounded 76 years ago, but he refused to do it. That’s the way I see it.