It’s OK to Speak Ill of the Dead When They Deserve It

In a sick society, two types of leaders are dominant.

One, the type who perpetuate popular delusions. In politics, those are socialists and others who promise something for nothing — results without effort. Our society is full of such fools, and millions applaud them.

Two, the type who enable and make it easier for the people who perpetuate popular delusions. People like John McCain.

All the crying, whining and slobbering over McCain’s death reveals just how sick — and even twisted — elements of our society are.

First there are the leftists. They brutally attacked McCain in 2008, the year he ran against Obama. Now those same leftists can’t say enough good about him. They know he protected Obama’s legacy. First, by losing to him. Second, by ensuring — with his critical vote — that Obamacare remained law, despite his repeated promises to repeal it.

Leftists also can’t help but notice that McCain was an early sponsor of political speech control, known at the time as the McCain-Feingold law. This law established a dangerous and unprecedented premise in America. The premise is that government may control the content of political speech if people promoting ideas “spend too much”. It’s like saying people may buy whatever homes, cars, or clothing they wish — so long as they don’t spend “too much” according to the government. Why are First Amendment freedoms not sacred, while the right to spend on material goods is? Both should be sacred. And John McCain was among the first to challenge the First Amendment in such a fundamental way. He won’t be the last, and his successors will point to his now-being-created Sainthood to justify what they attempt in the future.

And consider this bombshell from earlier in the summer:

Judicial Watch today released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain’s former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to “audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous.”

Then are those who think having been in the military is an excuse for anything you do afterwards. That’s a terrible injustice to the vast majority in the military who not only served honorably, but who didn’t do anything bad after they left the military. Why should John McCain, who did a lot of bad as a career politician after leaving the military, be lumped together with the far greater number of veterans who preserved their honor and integrity AFTER leaving service?

Is it wrong to speak ill of the dead? If it’s wrong to speak ill of the dead within 24 or 48 hours of their passing, then why isn’t it wrong to speak ill of them forever? No logical answer is provided, because people making this claim don’t care about the logic or facts involved. They only care about emotion.

If a politician did harm to the rights of individuals and to the U.S. Constitution, as John McCain decisively did during his career, then why not celebrate the fact he’s no longer able to do so? It’s not “dancing on his grave”. It’s celebrating that we survived the reign of yet another tyrant. Granted, there are plenty of others standing in line to do the same, and plenty in both parties who have done the same along with John McCain during their insufferably long careers. But that doesn’t mean you grant false sympathy and deference to someone who does not deserve them.

Refusing to speak ill of the dead is an ancient and irrational superstition. It’s not wrong because it’s ancient, but it is wrong to be irrational. Chill out! What you say about a person who recently died has no bearing whatsoever on what will happen to you in your own life.

You should not be afraid to speak truth whether the person you’re speaking about was a bad person, or a good person.

John McCain was not a good person. He did a lot of harm to the country. Perhaps the most telling sign? That statists and fellow tyrants like Obama now rush to the microphone to declare how great McCain was. Of course they think he’s great. He enabled them every step of the way. Without pseudo-Republicans like John McCain, Democrats would not end up getting everything they want, in the end.

Like so many of our politicians, McCain put his own power above the rights of individual human beings. He was so immersed in his career in our nation’s Imperial City, I’m sure he didn’t see it that way. But arrogance is no excuse for wrongdoing. And dying of a horrible disease is no justification for whitewashing facts.


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