Democrat to ailing GOP Congressman: Resign or be victim of "Dr. Kevorkian style euthanasia"
Are politics ever trumped by Decency?
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Dan Matthews, Jr., who once chaired the Democratic Party of Oconee County, Georgia (inside the state's 10th Congressional District, which is currently represented by ailing Republican Charlie Norwood), and who blogs at Oconee Politics (hosted at OconeeDemocrat.blogspot.com), posted some very poorly-thought-out comments about Representative Norwood, who, as was reported by Peach Pundit, last week declined further treatment in Washington for his failing health, opting to return to hospice care at his Augusta, GA home.
Showing his personal stripes as a callous, hateful "progressive," Matthews, under the title "Charlie Norwood coming home; won't resign seat," made such sensitive and appropriate comments about Norwood as, "Oddly he may actually make a case for Dr. Kevorkian style euthanasia in his waning days," and "...if he is refusing treatment, the least he could while still alive is to resign the seat with dignity intact" (emphasis added). That last had the obligatory "We certainly wish the best for Congressman Norwood" tacked on to the front of it, but, given the context, it does not seem possible that any eight-word phrase could ring more hollow.
But there's more. Read on.
Referring to options in that seat in the event that Norwood passes away during this term in Congress, Matthews said that "Governor Perdue will have to call a special election after Norwood's evidently eventual extinction" (emphasis added), and offered up Terry Holley, the Democrat nominee whom Norwood defeated 67.4% to 32.6% in November, as a candidate for the potentially open seat, citing the fact that it will be "a non-partisan election so he may actually have a chance this time."
Unfortunately for Mr. Holley, that last is not entirely true. In actuality, Matthews is calling on Holley, should he choose to run, to do so under the blatantly dishonest pretense that he is a non-partisan or independent candidate. The qualifying form for the special election specifically asks party affiliation, leaving it as a blank to be filled in. However, a candidate can voluntarily check the box next to "independent" and run as a non-partisan -- even if he was the Democratic nominee only three months ago, and even though doing so would clearly be an attempt to blind the people in a recent-historically Republican district to Democrat ties, and thus to literally trick them into electing him to Congress by hiding his wolfness under, if not sheep's clothing, then something similarly, dishonestly harmless.
With regard to the post in question, though, Matthews ends with this incomprehensible conclusion: that the sickness of a man whom he has just called on to resign or face being the victim of "Dr. Kevorkian style euthanasia" as a means of forcing his "eventual extinction" somehow "proves an old adage one step further: Republicans want to control how you are born, how you live and how you die, and now it seems control your life after they die."
Figure that one out. To me, the only thing conclusive and comprehensible about that comment - and about the post that preceded it - is this: Dan Matthews, Jr. is so full of sickening hatred for an unwell old man that I really do, very simply, feel sorry for him. It must be excruciatingly painful to live every day under the weight of that much hate.
Before his fellow righteously outraged (and enlightened) "progressives" attempt to morally equivocate about this by bringing up Senator Tim Johnson's unfortunate medical condition, let's look at how we here at RedState responded to that situation: by uttering such hateful, repugnant statements as "Our thoughts and prayers are with the senator and his family. We wish Senator Johnson a speedy recovery," and, "Our thoughts and prayers remain with Senator Johnson." Yes, that's the same.
Again, best wishes to Senator Johnson, and best wishes to Mr. Norwood and his family -- may they be comforted, at peace, and sheltered from vitriolic rants such as this in their final time together.