Creative Destruction

May 15, 2007

Jerry Falwell, RIP.

Filed under: Blogosphere,Current Events — Robert @ 3:31 pm

Let the love begin to flow.

12 Comments »

  1. Hmmm… Zuzu and Amanda weren’t members of his fan club? Well color me surprised.

    Hell, just about any site here on the left-osphere, particularly in the comment section after one of the “The dude just died. I ain’t gonna bash him.” posts, is bristling with thoughts like those.

    Just think about what the comment section on right-osphere blogs will look like when Teddy Kennedy’s liver finally tells him to go to hell. It’ll be the exact same thing.

    Comment by Off Colfax — May 15, 2007 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

  2. The man was a disgrace to humanity and a symbol of everything that is deeply wrong with a large (but thankfully minority) chunk of the American public. Few men have done more to stoke hate in American history.

    Comment by ohwilleke — May 15, 2007 @ 11:54 pm | Reply

  3. It’ll be the exact same thing.

    I hope not.

    Comment by Robert — May 16, 2007 @ 12:24 am | Reply

  4. Plenty of folks not too very far to either extreme take delight in dancing and pissing on the graves of their political opponents. I wouldn’t count on restraint from either side of the aisle.

    Comment by Brutus — May 16, 2007 @ 12:49 am | Reply

  5. It is improper to speak ill of the dead, though his legacy will speak for itself. One never knows, one hundred years from he may be viewed in a much better light.

    Comment by TS — May 16, 2007 @ 2:53 am | Reply

  6. I come to neither bury Jerry Falwell nor to praise him nor even to dance on his grave, but just to point out that people who say thing like these quotes in public can expect to be disliked and not mourned by the people he espouses hatred of and prejudice against. Even if one ignores the unattributed quotes as potential hoaxes or misquotes, there are some pretty nasty sentiments expressed there.

    Comment by Dianne — May 16, 2007 @ 3:53 am | Reply

  7. And, of course, no right wing source would ever make any nasty comments about someone who has just died.

    Comment by Dianne — May 16, 2007 @ 3:59 am | Reply

  8. Hell, just about any site here on the left-osphere, particularly in the comment section after one of the “The dude just died. I ain’t gonna bash him.” posts, is bristling with thoughts like those.

    Yeah, cause right wingers would never bash a recently dead person. Of course, the victim of this bashing was a 12 year old kid who died because his mother couldn’t get the money together to get a tooth extracted when it abcessed. I guess he’s a lot less worthy of love and respect than a millionaire televangilist who used to enjoy condemning gays, women, and anyone else who didn’t meet his “standards” to hell. Not to mention telling “funny” stories about killing a pet cat and serving its remains to its owner. Great guy, Falwell. So full of right-wing, Christian compassion. So sorry he’s gone.

    Comment by Dianne — May 16, 2007 @ 8:35 am | Reply

  9. Dianne:
    IMO, there’s a big difference between speaking ill of the dead and actually celebrating someone’s death. Not that I think the latter is always wrong—if someone makes the world a worse place by continuing to draw breath, I don’t think it’s entirely inappropriate to be happy about his death, though it may be a bad PR move to express too much glee. That’s a general statement and not intended as a comment on Falwell specifically, about whom I don’t know much.

    And the post you linked to didn’t bash Diamonte Driver; it bashed his parents for not properly caring for him. Without knowing the details of the story, we can’t say for certain whether this was misdirected. But I think “his parents failed him” is a much better guess than “we as a society failed him.”

    Comment by Brandon Berg — May 16, 2007 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  10. The comments on Common Sense Political Thought concerned the assertions of one of our far-left commenters concerning socialized medicine, and how socialized medicine would have saved Diamonte Driver.

    Yet Mr Driver was covered by Medicaid, our socialized medicine system for the poor, but when his mother moved out of the homeless shelter in which she had been staying (and the address she gave for the Medicaid application), Medicaid coverage lapsed. Perhaps more importantly, when she sought a dentist to do several extractions on his older brother, she could not find a dentist who would accept Medicaid patients because the federal payments are so low.

    Comment by Dana — May 16, 2007 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  11. And here’s yet another voice of reason and solemn respect weighing in on the issue.

    Seriously. Can the Web 2.0 programmers figure out a SARCASM tag for XHTML? I know I’d appreciate it.

    Comment by Off Colfax — May 16, 2007 @ 11:55 pm | Reply

  12. Can the Web 2.0 programmers figure out a SARCASM tag for XHTML?

    Web 2.0 is a sarcasm tag.

    Comment by Dianne — May 18, 2007 @ 6:39 am | Reply


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