Saint Wellstone - Jay Maynard

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Tuesday, 25 October 2005


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0653 - Saint Wellstone

I've never understood the beatification of Senator Paul Wellstone. He was a charismatic politician, true, but the level that veneration of him has reached in Minnesota since his death three years ago today has reached truly mystifies me.

Dan Ritchie of The American Enterprise magazine attempts to explain in an article in the latest edition. I understand what he's saying...but I still don't get it. I probably never will.

Wellstone is dead, people. Get over it.

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From:shelbystripes
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Wellstone is dead, people. Get over it.

This is honestly one of the most thoughtlessly stupid comments I've ever seen, from you or anyone.

Everyone has heroes, many of whom are dead and gone. People look to those who came before them for inspiration. When someone lives a life that accomplishes something good, you don't just "get over" them once they're dead, you try to keep living by their example. And you definitely don't tell other people to just "get over it" when someone they look up to dies.

Maybe people are taking things a little too far. I wouldn't know, I'm not up there to see how people are acting, and I'm not gonna presume to comment on something I can't see for myself. But universally, "get over it" is the shallowest and most malicious response that can be given to anyone who's lost something they valued.
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From:jmaynard
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I don't object to people holding Wellstone as a hero. They're entitled to do that with anyone they pick, and doing it with Wellstone makes more sense, at least, then picking a sports figure like Randy Moss.

What I do object to is the insane degree they're carrying it to. That's way, way over the line.

His death was before its time, and is as regrettable as anyone else's untimely death is. The people who are venerating him need to accept that he's gone. They haven't yet.
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From:shelbystripes
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What do you mean, though, by "accepting he's dead"? It's possible that people are being fanatical about using him as a role model, but that doesn't seem to have to do with anything that they'd want to "get over".

For instance, the mention of bumper stickers saying "What Would Wellstone Do?" Well, if you believe someone was a good person, then a good way to at least start with figuring out what to do in a situation is to ask "What would they do?" Which is the whole point of those "What Would Jesus Do?" stickers. It's a good concept, and one that people could adhere to more often--if more people in this country actually followed Jesus' example instead of just waving his name around, then that'd be a good thing.

Ronald Reagan is dead. Should I tell you and everyone else on the right to just "get over" him, stop holding him up as a hero and "accept he's dead"? He's gone and therefore no longer politically relevant, let's not bring him up anymore!

Maybe some people are going over the line. I wouldn't know. But telling people to "get over" someone's death and move on certainly sounds like going over the line the other way.

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