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Tuesday

Imagine that someone you love is dying. You know they'll be gone soon, you've known it for a long time. Years even, while they've been in steady decline. You can't even remember the last time they were really themselves, though you see flashes of it every now and then. Fewer and fewer of them as time goes by, but enough that they allow you, for a brief moment, to hope that dear old Dad, or Grandma, or Uncle Sam might brighten up enough to recognize your face, your voice, and at least offer a word, a look, an acknowledgement that he is still in there somewhere, that he is aware of what is happening, that he appreciates you sitting next to the bed all this time.

Now imagine the whole world cheering on the cancer cells, or the neural plaques that slowly, inexorably are stealing your loved one's mind, body, and soul. Everyone you meet, cheering. Turn to any channel, news or otherwise... cheering. Rooting for the cancer that is devastating a life and everyone it has ever touched. Not even because they hate your Dad or Uncle, or Grandma, they just love cancer, love disease.

You wait, probably in vain, because you know this is the last day. The graphs on the monitors went flat months ago, yet the body still sometimes quivered, sometimes gasped or rolled its eyes, and you hung on every movement as if it were a sign of life when you knew it could no longer be. All that is left is the small, quiet ritual of pulling the plug... except this time millions are watching, and cheering it on, and all you can ask is "what did we ever do to you, to deserve this?"

Keep a watch on Billy today, he seems to be handling it better than I am, almost, ironically, "live-blogging" a death... no, an execution.

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Would McCain really, truly have been preferable?

Posted by RWW at Tuesday, January 20, 2009 06:39 PM

Who said anything about McCain?

Jesus...

Posted by kylben at Wednesday, January 21, 2009 05:52 AM

Pow a parable.

Posted by ron at Thursday, April 02, 2009 02:12 PM

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