Last Light

I’m watching the Ted Kennedy funeral procession make its way to Arlington National Cemetery, and particularly the area adjacent to JFK and Bobby Kennedy’s grave with the rough stones and the eternal flame with the biege-colored Custis-Lee Mansion atop the sloping green hill. I’m listening to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews talk about Jimmy Breslin writing that 11.25.63 interview/profile of Clifton Pollard, the guy who dug JFK’s grave. Here‘s that story.

18 thoughts on “Last Light

  1. God bless Ted Kennedy. His latter work was a testament for the downtrodden and the ignored.

    No true American wants a fellow citizen to suffer. Yet in 2009 we have allowed ourselves to carve an unfair and abominable rift in our society that leaves all important and moral decisions in two areas: black and white. (Obviously, I’m not talking about race.)

    It SEEMS die hard liberals such as you, Wells, and hard core righties such as Beck and Limbaugh and their ilk, only look at all issues in such a manner. And that is what splits this nation and prevents true progress and reform.

    The middle ground is a space seemingly unventured and unappreciated these days.

    And it is the ONLY area where true progress can be made.

  2. Matthews ruined it with his cackle/laugh. Someone at MSNBC should talk to him. Overall there was too much coverage! He wasn’t a president, and for 3 days it has dragged on. I know he was a great senator, but damn, 3 days! Too much.

  3. “No true American wants a fellow citizen to suffer”? What am I then? Because in all honesty and with all the sincerity I have in my heart, I want Beck, Limbaugh and that ilk to suffer horribly. I want them on their knees weeping and begging God to make the pain stop, and then I want to really turn it on and make it hurt worse than anything in the darkest imaginings of Satan’s horsemen. I’m sorry but they deserve this, and if there’s a God it will happen to them sooner or later. Then and only then can there be peace in this land.

  4. The letter Teddy wrote to the Pope was pure magic. The fact that he got the last word in, even at the foot of his grave, was truly inspiring. I just hope that someone/anyone on Dems side picks up the damn ball and make Teddy Health Care mission/dream a reality.

    Bloody great eulogy by Teddy Jr, almost as good as Teddy’s for RFK, his Father would be very proud.

  5. I watched the mass and internment on C-SPAN. One can only tolerate the chattering class for so long, particularly during a solemn occasion and on notorious places line MSNBC and CNN.

  6. I don’t think, based on the years I’ve been reading and respecting your work Jeffrey, that — deep down — you want that for Limbaugh, Beck, etc. Surely there is a shred of some type of Catholic forgiveness rooted somewhere in your soul. (Then again, based on your past writings, maybe not.)

    Beck, Limbaugh, the dumbass racist teabaggers, etc. have exhibited horrific and loathsome behavior, and I probably wouldn’t have them for dinner in my house for love or money because of their inane and hateful views.

    But, my point is that we’re never going to crumble this almost schoolyard antagonist wall both sides have erected and, thus, divided our country until we agree to meet in the middle somehow.

    I might be blind and self-righteous, but I refuse to allow myself to fall into a pessimistic pit regarding the state of our world. These days, it seems hatred — for the most part — can do nothing but alienate and divide even more.

  7. Interesting you write such moving, “can’t we all just get along” prose mere moments after saying “dumbass racist teabaggers”.

  8. “But, my point is that we’re never going to crumble this almost schoolyard antagonist wall both sides have erected and, thus, divided our country until we agree to meet in the middle somehow.

    I might be blind and self-righteous…”

    You probably are…Which side of States-Rights/slavery do you fall on?

  9. “I’m sorry but they deserve this, and if there’s a God it will happen to them sooner or later”

    And if there’s no God?

  10. Jeff, no matter how much you despise the Limbaughs, Becks and Coulters, they despise themselves even more. When they look in the mirror, they hate themselves so much that that hate spews out into the rest of the world and infects others who are like minded and equally overcome with self-hatred. Sleep well with that knowledge in mind.

  11. Obviously in the sense of someone or something guiding and administering over the moral affairs of men and women, we are burdened with a void. The gum-up-the-works, spread-the-lies and marshall-the-forces of hee-haw ignorance-and-hate effect of the crazy right is proof enough of that.

    All we’ve ever had, I regret to say, is a silent, Ingmar Bergman-esque, acquiescent and non-interventionist God. A force authoring cosmic and celestial unity, science, eternal cycles of creation and death, mystical mathematics and all that jazz.

    This is why I’ve always loved that crazy-genius ending of Breaking The Waves because Lars Von Trier had the insane nerve to imagine a morally participating God — hah! — who actually inserted Himself (or Herself) into earthly affairs by offering editorial comment about the death of Emily Watson‘s character. Editorial comment! Just like the roll-up-your-sleeves and pitch-in and help-once-in-a-while God from the Old Testament days. Who never existed in the first place! This is why you need serious madmen like Von Trier making films.

  12. “Jeff, no matter how much you despise the Limbaughs, Becks and Coulters, they despise themselves even more.”

    Really? Is that why polls show that Conservatives are happier people?

  13. Polls only show what people tell pollsters – and just like on the race issue, most of them lie. Haters typically hate themselves first. I know these hypocritical, soulless fucks do.

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