Thursday, May 22, 2008

MUST READ: Kennedy's Illness, and the Left's

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Kennedy's Illness, and the Left's
By Ben Johnson

The media keep reminding us of the issues that divide us as a nation: Iraq, different approaches about reviving the economy, socialized medicine, the role of mankind in global warming, gay marriage, social issues, and many others. As Ted Kennedy’s recently diagnosed brain tumor demonstrated, Right and Left are also divided based on whether they display basic human decency when misfortunes befall a member of the other side. The American people seem to be fundamentally cleft about how they treat news of an opponent’s impending death in a conservative manner – with prayer – or a leftist one – with champagne and hate mail.

The Right Way to Greet Death

Immediately upon learning of the diagnosis, Kathryn Lopez posted a blog on National Review Online headlined “Oh No,” adding, “Our prayers obviously...” The May 19 edition of National Review Online carried an article entitled, “Praying for Senator Kennedy.” As of early yesterday morning, the post on Little Green Footballs announcing his illness had 1,036 comments. Here are a few representative samples:

“Well I wish him the best. If a cure is not possible, then as many quality months with his family as are possible.”

“I disagree with Senator Kennedy's politics, but he is a fellow American and a fellow human being so I sincerely pray for his recovery and wish his family well.”

“Prayers for the Ted and Kennedy family. Much strength and peace for them in the coming days.”

The Soros-funded Media Matters, try as it might to find evil right-wingers celebrating, found only a clip from Michael Savage. The average conservative, however much he disagreed with Ted Kennedy, wished him well.

Not "Rest In Peace": "Rot In Hell"

This could be contrasted to the hatred the Left has vented toward so many of those who opposed its agenda. One could begin with its reaction to the death of Kennedy – the Rev. Dr. D. James Kennedy. The late minister of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church was one of the least political of all national Christian spokesmen, but when he passed away last September, the DailyKos announced: “Another Hate Merchant Meets His Maker.” “This won't be a long diary, but another of the first wave of Mega-church hate peddlers has died,” the diarist stated. “He and Jerry [Falwell] and Ron [Reagan] should have plenty to talk about for enternity, [sic.] comparing notes and anecdotes. I won't even get into where, since I'm basically a Humanist.”

Naturally, the Left had similar thoughts about the death of Jerry Falwell almost exactly one year ago. Amanda Marcotte, a former employee of the John Edwards presidential campaign, immediately blogged: “The gates of hell swing open and Satan welcomes his beloved son. Jerry Falwell's dead. Guess god [sic] — notice the small 'g' — liked the ACLU better after all.” Ms. Marcotte was far from alone.


This IS the Left, the Libbies, the 'progressives', the Democrat Party of today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

DONAL I've been commenting on this one at FPM and is tricky EVER mad at me!
Ted Kennedy has done more damage to this great country than ANY living American. Krauthammer made some insightful comments about him last night on Brit Hume's show.
I CANNOT wish Teddy well.


2:52 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

His family is in for a horrible time. I got the skinny from someone who lost a is horrendous to watch the dissolution of a person, in such a manner.They are in for a bit of Hell, but Kennedy won't know.


5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancer is the deadliest enemy we face in mortal existence. It doesn't discriminate. It strikes young, old, rich, poor, good, bad, ugly beautiful, smart, stupid, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist, Taoist, African savage, leftist and conservative alike. It even strikes infant babies.

To wish anyone ill who has cancer or to say he or she deserves it as punishment for their sins is a smack in the face to all humanity, and sign of deep emotional and spiritual, immaturity.

We are more than our politics, religion or ethnicity. Every one us is a child of God, whether he realizes it or not.

I hope poor foolish Kennedy will find a way to atone for his sins, and seek Redemption before it is too late.

I say this sincerely, even though I have always despised him. I wouldn't wish such a fate even on Barack Obama.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

I'm the one from TMW got the skinny.

Brain cancer is a hideous affliction, particularly for the family. The one with the brain cancer usually cannot admit his own demise -- as if the brain cannot recognize its own demise, in much the same way that the brain itself cannot feel pain.

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A question to anon:

You wrote. "To wish anyone ill who has cancer or to say he or she deserves it as punishment for their sins is a smack in the face to all humanity, and sign of deep emotional and spiritual, immaturity.

We are more than our politics, religion or ethnicity. Every one us is a child of God, whether he realizes it or not."

I've never wished him ill. I refuse to say a prayer for someone as patently EVIL as Ted Kennedy. I could care less what you think of me based on my opinion of TED KENNEDY!

"To wish anyone ill..."

Anyone? Think about it. G-d ordered Moses and the Israelites to wipe the Amalekites from the face of the earth for their hideous behavior. As a Jew, the G-d of my fathers is not only a loving G-d, he's also a vengeful G-d who EXPECTS us to hold ourselves and others to a code of conduct.

Teddy has NEVER taken responsibility for murdering Mary Joe Kopechne. Not to mention the THOUSAND other serious moral trespasses this animal has committed. Notice I haven't yet begun to mention the damage that this reprobate has inflicted on this great Republic, the country I fought for!

Why even mention Obama? He's not CLOSE to Teddy's league.


8:07 PM  
Blogger CHOMP said...

I do not like, and never did like, Senator Ted Kennedy, but I would not wish such a tragic ending to his life.

11:04 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

We can pray that he seeks his Creator, with sincerity. He is not in condition to face and be judged on his many and egregious sins.
I belive he has broken every single one of the 10 Commandments, that will be a dreadful reckoning to face...but from what AOW has noted, his speech has been slurred for some time now. How able he is to truly face himself, G*D knows.
I certainly would not like to be in his shoes, both for the grief and burden he will become(though his family is no great shakes either)and for the account he will have to make.
Treason is the lowest part of Hell, fitting(since satan betrayed his Benefactor)...but I wish that on no one.
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!


3:04 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I, of course, give my posters every opportunity to post opposing points of view decently--and you all have been decent.

For myself, my favorite professor in school died with just such a brain tumor; I wouldn't WISH it upon anyone. However, past that, I find it hard to have many tender feelings about the matter.

I like Merry Widow's suggestion that, if we say any prayers for him, let them be that he may seek his Creator with sincerity.

He has hurt untold scores of people--and will continue to do so through the work he has put forth in the Senate. That, of course, does not merit a brain tumor--but that record will have to stand as his legacy and must be acknowledged accordingly.

I can't be anymore sympathetic than that--my sympathies are with Mary Jo who never got close to having 70-some years on earth.

P.S. Oh, Mr. Anonymous--please have the guts to sign your name to your own words--that's what is customary around here.

7:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said DONAL. May I piggyback on your post? :-)


8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You people are SICK! What a pathetic bunch of haters you all are.
But then again, everyone knew that.

And dont give me the Dems did it for Falwell. Go over to Free Republic right now. The vile hatred of your ilk is disgusting.


9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen here Mr. UpsideDown, I'm taking that as a compliment! LOL!


9:58 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

You jackass, Les..! 'Our ilk' doesn't happen to post at the New Republic, so maybe you'd best object to their behavior over on their message board--not this one. (Of course, you obviously don't have the guts to do that unless they let you sign on 'anonymously'.) You have all the guts of moss on rocks. Sheesh!

12:50 PM  
Blogger The Merry Widow said...

And he obviously has not READ our comments.
We have no part of him, but that is a horrendous way to die. I do not rejoice in that, a bullit to the head would be faster and more merciful.


7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't we be seeing less of Les?

Obviously a troll.

9:24 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

Yes, everytime I give Les a chance, he always blows it by simply running his mouth like a sewer--there's no content there. He's about worn out his welcome...again.

8:50 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

You knew what I meant, Les--go nitpick elsewhere...

3:42 PM  

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