Friday, December 29, 2006

Mourning?

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.

12 comments:

kelly said...

dang it I was gonna get a new social security card on Tuesday! crap!

Chuckabiddy said...

I don't like the publicity Sadam's getting. They're making him out to be another Hitler.

likeisaid said...

I loved Gerald Ford. He was probably one of the nicest and most honest men to be president.

As for Saddam, I hope he thinks about all the people he killed while he's going wherever it is people like him go.

lowandslow said...

On the other hand, every day Congress is in South America, Antarctica, Siberia...the farther away the better...is fine with me. They're less likely to pass any moronic laws or raid my pocketbook if they are NOT in Washington, DC, aka the "logic-free zone". :)

MrScribbler said...

I agree, l&s...except that we're paying all their bills no matter where they go!

chuckabiddy -- Saddam's career ended before he could get much past 25% of Hitler's total.... I'm grateful for that.

Justfly said...

The message I just got: "Your request could not be processed. Please try again."

$#%^@ and I am too lazy to remember what I had written. It was something to the effect that my husband is deeply sadden that he will not be able to work on Tuesday. NOT!

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kathy said...

I miss getting paid days off! Maybe I should become a beaurocrat :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah REALLL? WTF? Another day without the mail... great. Now my bills will be late and I'll have to pay LATE fees...

Gill

MrScribbler said...

Ditto for me, gill....

chuckabiddy said...

So am I, but considering where I am the death penalty doesn't happen, it seems kinda hypocritical to be so...happy about it.

MrScribbler said...

chuckabiddy -- I won't say I'm happy about it. I'd be happy if Saddam (or others of his particular vicious kind) had never existed.

At least he, himself, can no longer commit atrocities.