There was a time when the phrase “too soon” was used against those who vilified someone shortly after they died. It was assumed there’s a grace period in which those who are mourning do not have to suffer through insults by those opposed to their loved one. Those days are behind us, as clearly seen in reactions to David Koch’s passing.
News that Koch, the younger of the famed “Koch Brothers” known for being Republican mega-donors, has died will be addressed by the various news publications and talking heads with varying degrees of reverence or hatred. To most on the left, he was an enabler who helped many Republicans win elections. To many on the right, he was an icon who used the system to promote his political agenda, but who also engaged in undeniably philanthropic causes.
David Koch has done more for this nation than the people who will celebrate his passing. He gave thousands jobs; helped save the lives of many, many more through his philanthropy to hospitals; elevated the arts; and fought to lift millions out of poverty. He is a great a man.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 23, 2019
Even as Erickson’s Tweet speaks truth about the man, the comments below it demonstrate the worst of American society as we dive deeper into the abyss. The words “too soon” no longer apply.
I was going to post some of the Tweets of progressives being vile, but it’s not worth it. Trust me. They’re horrible.
I’ve had my share of disagreements with some of the policy stances the Koch brothers espouse. I haven’t always been happy with the candidates they support. I’ve criticized them in the past and I’ll probably criticize Charles Koch in the future. But today and for a time, criticism should be withheld. A human being has died and his family deserves the respect of our condolences and prayers at best or our silence at worst. To attack now is a pathetic display of the worst side of humanity.
Whether you agreed with David Koch’s politics or not, members of a civilized society should not immediately engage in hate-filled rants saying the worst possible things about the newly deceased. Civility has clearly lost to tribal feuding.
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One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
When I finally stumbled over to my computer in the evening, I was met with a deluge of concern from readers. They asked what had happened as only one article had been posted that day. Generally, we post between 10-20 daily between all of the sites, not included curated and aggregated content. Seeing that we’d only posted my super-early morning article before taking the rest of the day off had readers assuming the worst.
We have a wonderful and talented group of writers who volunteer their time for the sites and their readers. Sharing their amazing perspectives has always been a blessing to us because we cannot afford to hire anyone at this time. But having great writers is meaningless if we don’t have great editors, or at least one additional. My wife helps me read and edit stories from time to time, but I’m a one-man show when it comes to getting the stories posted.
Whenever I highlight our desperate need for donations, I note that we do not receive money from Google ads even though most in conservative media are beholden. I often ambiguously note that the money donated will help us grow. Today, I’m highlighting a specific need. We must get an editor to help take some of the load and to expand on our mission of spreading the truth to the world. One sick day proved that.
The great news is that there is no shortage of people who CAN help. I am emailed variations of resumes every week by people who are much smarter than I am. As much as I’d love to hire some of them, we simply cannot. That takes money and as blessed as we’ve been to receive donations and collect ad money (though not from Google or Facebook), we have still fallen short.
Those who have the means, PLEASE consider donating. We have the standard Giving Fuel option and people can donate through PayPal. We are also diving into what we believe is extremely disruptive technology at LetsGo.finance, the world’s first major donation portal for crypto. I’ll be talking a lot more about them in the near future. Those who prefer Bitcoin can send to my address here: 3A1ELVhGgrwrypwTJhPwnaTVGmuqyQrMB8
We can get the voices out there and we’re willing to shine a spotlight on new talent. We just need the resources to make it happen. If you can help, we would be extremely grateful.
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