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Monday, May 07, 2018

We all go down into the dark

John McCain, as all the world knows, is dying of brain cancer.  No matter what I think of John McCain's politics or his public actions, he is a human being; he has a family; he has friends; he deserves a measure of regard that all the dying deserve, because death is the great equalizer we all stand before together; sooner or later.

Unless, apparently, you are on Twitter:


The best part about Twitter is making it all about you:

Free speech is fine as long as you agree with me?

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven and every disagreement is propaganda, if you disagree with Glenn Greenwald.

Always knew I'd disagree with Glenn Greenwald on what day of the week it was; never saw myself agreeing with Bill Kristol or Jonah Greenberg, though:

Well, that criticism of a dying man (who was not a despot or a tyrant or responsible for the deaths of millions) is repulsive, we agree on; the rest, not so much (except voting for Trump).

Or the love of their ideology, their determination to impose their view on the world, and criticize the world for not conforming to it immediately, if not sooner.

Remember your Creator before the silver cord is snapped and the golden bowl is broken, before the pitcher is shattered at the spring and the wheel broken at the well, before the dust returns to the earth as it began and the spirit returns to God who gave it.--Ecclesiastes 12:6-7 (REB) 
 Seems better advice than criticizing the dying.


1 Comments:

Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

I'm beginning to think that political criticism should serve a purpose, otherwise it's just adding to the general din of hate. I don't see any purpose served by this at this point. If Greenwald wants to make those points, an historical profile making the case is the place to make it, not in the degenerate form that Twitter is.

5:18 AM  

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