Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Passing of a Long Time Politician.

Within the last 24 hours the Honorable Senator from Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy, passed away. My sympathies go out to the Kennedy/Shriver family.

But that's not what I want to talk about.

What boggles me the most is the fact that also within the last 23 hours 59 minutes the political left has been using his death to make political hay. There's calls that HE really wanted this, and we should rename the Health Care Reform Bull Bill, the Kennedy HCR Bill. HE was a great man and HE worked for this all his life. etc. etc. You get the idea.

What's that other thing that feeds off of corpses? Oh yeah, Vultures.

They could not wait for the corpse to even cool off before they dove in to rend the political capital from the bones of the man. How inhuman, how utterly callous do you have to be to do something like that. Great bouncing Buddhas, they could have at least waited till after the family held the funeral. A week maybe? But when your motto is "Let no crisis go to waste." You can justify just about any action. No matter how reprehensible.

But I guess it's only fair. I mean when Reagan died, the conservatives were right in there saying we should push the war on terror because that's what he would have wanted and he'd spent his whole life... err... umm... They didn't do that did they. Never mind.

All kidding aside, when Reagan passed, the country honored the memory of the man. We eulogized his life and works. We respectfully allowed his family their time to mourn. We didn't use his death to further some agenda that the majority of Americans don't want. We didn't cheapen the man or his deeds by slapping his name on something in the hopes that it will pass by the American public's notice.

The ironic part of this is that they want to put the Kennedy name on the HCR Bill. But this man didn't have to sit before any "End of Life" death panels. His family wasn't told to feed him a pain pill and let him go. No, he fought tooth and nail to live as long as possible. He was given every treatment available to modern medicine, both through his insurance and privately paid for.

You know what. They're right. Everyone should have access to the same level of care that Sen. Kennedy had.

But I digress.

My point. I hope everyone out there is as disgusted as I am with the people who couldn't wait to exploit the passing of this man. I hope that anything that they try to attach his name to turns into a pariah. Not because of his name, but because of the callous way that they're using his name to turn political profit. I hope that some day they wake up and experience the pain that they're causing the family and loved ones of this man by their actions.

But I fear that I hope to much. And that's all I have to say about that.


Old NFO said...

They won't... crisis politics is too good to waste when you 'might' succeed...

Haji said...

Right now, we do have access to the level of care the Senator got. I don't see how that will be the case under the new plan.

It's amazing how there can be so much of an outpouring of...whatever it is, over a guy who's killed 100% more people than I have, cheated on his wife, and seemed to have a problem with alcohol his whole life. Yup, that's a guy to hold up as a role model.