Thursday, March 1, 2012

Death of a partisan

A surprising event today: Andrew Breitbart died.

It's hard to figure what to say on this occasion. I didn't care for his political positions  and especially for his egregious tactics, but I agree with the tradition that it's unseemly to bash someone on their death. After all, some people respected and even loved him.

So, it is OK to say something like this?
This is a reminder that we are all mortal. Through his hard work and pointed commentary, Breitbart had influence on a national scale. He'll be mourned by his supporters, but I'm not among them. However, I don't believe and would never say that this is God's judgment on him. May he rest in peace and may his family find some solace.
I think that is as kind as I can be, but I welcome comments and criticism.

Died March 1, 2012


ModeratePoli said...

I'd like to add that I sincerely hope our disagreements in this mortal/material world don't last beyond death. It will be a shame if they do.

Anonymous said...

For the public discourse, Andrew Breitbart's death is additional by subtraction.

ModeratePoli said...


9/10 for wit. 2/10 for compassion, based on what you might have wanted to say, but didn't.

I'm still in a forgiving mood. The sting goes out when he's dead, but I'm still alive. I still have power and he doesn't.

ModeratePoli said...

Wow, I can't believe I was this mild in my initial reaction. Maybe it's good that we have a tradition of not bashing the recently dead, because it certainly wouldn't occur to me now to be so magnanimous.