Not So Restful After AllA new obituary trend (so far six people, so let's call it a trend!) has rattled journalists and comedy news hosts as well. As people are dying, instead of making peace, they're firing a shot across the battlefield right towards President Obama. A perfect example of this outrageous new method of announcing your death comes from dead Texan, James Harrison:
In lieu of flowers, at Jim's request, please make a donation to ANYONE running against Barack Hussein Obama, or the American Cancer Society.
I haven't died yet, so maybe I just don't get it. But if I'm still obsessing over politics when I'm on my deathbed -- somebody please kill me.
I realize not everyone dies surrounded by friends and family, holding hands and peacefully drifting off into whatever is next. But to actively illicit negativity after you die seems, oh, I don't know, like a waste of your last moment on earth. Perhaps I'm also romanticizing death and thinking people who hate suddenly stop hating at the end of life, and finally get the big picture. It's incredibly sad to me that these people aren't able to reflect on what is truly important and instead spew nastiness from beyond the grave.
If politics are incredibly important to you, why not ask people to donate FOR something, instead of against? How about: "In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Romney/Gingrich/Palin 2012 campaign fund"? Or even the Republican National Committee or Tea Party? Instead, these obituaries come off as hate-filled rants. And that's what you want your last words to be?
They say when you're facing your last days, no one says they regret not spending more time at the office. I'm also guessing no one (except perhaps these six people) regret not spending more time attacking others with whom they disagree. Let's try to die with dignity, America. Shall we?
Would you put a hateful message into your obituary?
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