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By: Frederick Meekins

There is one less Democrat to worry about. A kook from Georgia is believed to have shot and killed himself at the World Trade Center Site in despair over President Bush's reelection victory. While sympathies natural go out to his family, frankly, this nut got what he deserved. Is any election in this country worth taking to such an extreme?

Life here is not yet that onerous. Nor should it have been for this self-inflicted victim, who is reported to have had a decent job in a university computer lab and was engaged to be married.

Sounds to me like he had a lot to live for. Hope he thinks George Bush was worth it.

In a system such as ours, political suicide would seem to be a pointless, wasteful act with other outlets of expression readily available to citizen inclined towards activism. Hadn't this nitwit ever heard the adage "He who fights and runs away lives to fight another day”?

Starting a blog would have been a lot less painful and possibly more persuasive, you‘d think..

Frankly, killing oneself over politics is about as pointless as one of Jesse Jackson or Mitch Synder's hunger strikes. Don't you want your opposition to do themselves in and if done so by their own hand, they have no one to blame but themselves.

One of the dangers of liberalism has been to elevate politics to a place of centrality at the expense of other areas of life. Sometimes it's just to hard for sane, balanced people to see just how far the disturbed are willing to take things in pursuit of a cause.

"Published originally at EtherZone.com : republication allowed with this notice and hyperlink intact."

Frederick Meekins is a free lance writer and a regular columnist for Ether Zone.

Frederick Meekins can be reached at: americanworldview@hotmail.com

Published in the November 9, 2004 issue of Ether Zone.
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