Ted Kennedy’s Canonization
I came across this article, which I thought was extremely good.Makes sense to me.
Kennedy’s canonization is too much. Every day brings the deaths of
thousands of people, the vast majority of whom are known only to their
families and friends. These people aren’t mourned by politicians,
reporters, or the general public.
Yet almost every one of these unheralded persons has been more
productive than has Ted Kennedy – or Chuck Grassley, Nancy Pelosi, the
Georges Bush, or any other politician you name, whether he or she be
still breathing or buried.
Who installed the windows in my house? I don’t know. Yet he
provided value to me and never forced his hand into my wallet or his
nose into my eating habits. Who will fly the plane that will carry me
home tomorrow from Michigan to Virginia? I have no idea. Yet that
pilot will render unto me (and dozens of others) a valuable service in
exchange for funds that I voluntarily paid to his or her employer.
That pilot doesn’t force me to fly. Nor does he or she presume to know
better than I do what is best for my family and me.
Who caught the fish that I will eat tonight? Who trucked it from
the sea to my hotel? Who will cook that fish? Who designed the
dishwasher that cleaned the plate and utensils that I will use?
I know almost none of the millions of people whose daily efforts
make possible my life and that of countless other Americans. These
people don’t hatch grand plans for arrogantly re-working society. They
offer only to deal voluntarily with me and with others, never
pretending – unlike Mr. Kennedy – to be endowed with a mysterious
genius and a saintly inspiration justifying haughty intrusions into the
affairs of others.
Politicians are mortals. But as their greedy lust for power and glory reveals, they are mortals especially flawed.
Donald J. Boudreaux