Originally posted by der Kopf
...and my post there wasn't really relevant to the matter at hand.
Thanks for copping to it.
My real beef would be that you take on a holier-than-thou stance that I find unjust.
That's funny. My "real beef" is quite an ugly, malicious streak I've discovered in a few of my fellow AI'ers, regarding someone dying. Ouch. Expressing dismay at such mean and callous displays of joy doesn't make me "holier than thou". Makes me pretty damn normal, I'd think.
I don't think it's a bad thing to rejoice over someone's death.
Ugh...pretty morbid, if you ask me.
It's just odd. Take my most despised, rant-causing arch enemy, Jesse Jackson, for instance. If the man dropped dead tomorrow, it would never even OCCUR to me - as much as he repulses me and seems to stand against everything I
believe in (echoing a few people above) - to come here and treat it like a good thing, or find it as a cause to celebrate and say mean things.
That's just weird to me. Not to mention, kinda tacky. I was taken aback to see it done by some here, that's all. Yeah, the old guy is certainly an easy target, no doubt. But hold on to that "holier than thou" tag a bit longer, and apply it those who - while celebrating and joyous today - will be the first ones to speak of "venomous, hateful speech" and "disrespect for the dead" if someone makes a tacky, unfortunate comment about the death of someone they look up to or admire (NOT that I look up to or admire Thurmond...I'm barely even aware of him, other than knowing a bit about his past and knowing he was quite an old man).
It could've been Tom Hanks, Lance Armstrong or Gloria Steinem that could've died and I'd still be just as bugged by the notion of people happy and celebrating the fact.
Remove Thurmond from the equation for a moment...it's not about him. It's about some of YOU.
In ANY case, it's nice to see the tolerance and compassion displayed by those who - at other times - like to imagine their side has the market cornered on those two particular traits.
When Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Byrd or other prominent Dem dies, I'll be keeping a close eye on the proceedings around here, to see who displays the most glaring example of hypocrisy and "two-faced-itis". And it ain't gonna be me...