We all face our Maker some day. I know some are rejoicing at Sen. Kennedy's death, and my intention here is not to wag a finger of judgment at them. As for me, I am glad that he will not be in the Senate any more. And there is some measure of closure for the Kopeckne family, as well, as Nick notes with his tribute.
Still, moving through the curtain of of the temporal to the eternal should give us all pause. We would do well to remember the humanity of every one, even those with whom we bitterly fought in life.
For example, we are capable of capitalizing on the death of an icon for political gain, a la the Wellstone Memorial. Remember that disgrace?
For the post-modern Left, whose religion and lifeblood is governmental control, Kennedy's death will likely prompt a resurgence of energy in the healthcare debate and an attempt to flood us with even more emotional appeals "in Kennedy's honor."
They are already talking about it. Call them on this. For in doing so, they fail to respect the dead -- even one they claim to love -- and they devalue human life to the level of a craven political act.
Life is bigger than government. Let's live like it.