Death is very much in the news this week. Former president Gerald Ford died, which saddens me because he was a decent man, and certainly a far, far better president than the two who preceded him, something I hope (but don't expect) will be said of the president who takes office in 2008.
Come to think of it, Jerry Ford was better than the one who followed him as well.
James Brown died too and that makes me very sad. I always dug "the Godfather of Soul" and always will.
And of course Saddam Hussein is likely to get his neck stretched at any time. It's a far more decent death than he allowed any of his victims....
I wasn't feeling angry about any of this until I went to the post office a while ago and saw a sign taped to the front door. It seems Tuesday has been declared a "national day of mourning" for Gerald Ford.
How do we mourn for him? The government employees among us will show their grief by taking a day off from work. With pay. Some members of Congress will pay their respects to him by partying in South America on a "fact-finding" trip.
Damn, that shows true reverence for the man, don't you think?
The rest of us can feel sad that he's gone, say a prayer for him if we're so inclined, and maybe even watch the funeral on TV.
While we work.
And while we do without, for yet another day, government services we pay for.
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