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January 05, 2006

Say "No" to Death Wishes

A friend of mine and I were having an IM conversation today, and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) came up. Now both my friend and I share political views, and we find Reid to be a particularly odious member of the Democratic party. So odious, in fact, that my friend wished Reid would "just die."

My reply was that Reid is not evil like Saddam Hussein, just a jerk. She said yes, a "dead jerk."

I said, "You would be having a fit if someone wished President Bush would die," and told her not to fall into the trap of wishing those whom you don't like politically would drop dead tomorrow.

She agreed that I was right. (Now she reads my postings regularly, and her face is probably red reading this right now, but my intent is not to embarrass her--note that I am not naming names--but to make a point. She usually makes many good points during our political discussions!)

This whole "die" thing being hurled at politicians whom people don't like, despise, or just plain hate, is getting to be a little tedious. Criticize the oafs all you want. Call them out on their policies, and help their opponents campaign against them at election time in order to boot their butts out of office. But wishing them dead is not only a waste of time, it smacks of barbarism.

It seems to be popular on the fringe left to call President Bush and his administration evil and wishing for their imminent and painful death. But they obviously aren't really thinking about all of the truly evil people in our world. Here's a sampling of people who are truly evil (alive and dead), who caused endless pain, misery and death for millions:

-Stalin
-Lenin
-Hitler
-Saddam Hussein
-Pol Pot
-Fidel Castro
-Che Guevara
-Mao Tse Tung
-Robert Mugabe

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This list is far from complete. But suffice it to say that none of our own politicians, past or present, belong on such a list. There are plenty of useless clods who get elected, but the best way to handle them is to vote them out. The loss of power and loss of face is plenty satisfactory (especially when we get to watch has-been presidential candidates like John Kerry try to keep his hat in the ring).

So keep the death wishes out of American politics--on both sides of the political spectrum.

Crossposted to Lifelike Pundits

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Posted by Pam Meister at 10:20 PM | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0) | Commentary
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You are so right. Tell your friend to envision more creative, but nonlethal, punishments for moonbats. Like a three-week bout of the hiccups. Or a roach infestation of their homes, like in Stephen King's "Creepshow".

I despise the most recent comments of Harry Belafonte, but I don't wish him death, I just wish the government could somehow transfer his citizenship/residency (whatever he is) to Cuba, along with Danny Glover and Cornel West. In other words, I wish that those three could live as common Cuban citizens for a few months, not as visiting celebrities.

We have to have higher standards. If we don't hold the moral high ground, who will?

Posted by: joe-6-pack at January 9, 2006 08:17 PM

Can we wish them dead under our breath?

Posted by: PatC at January 10, 2006 08:53 PM
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