I read it in the Virginia blogosphere ... hate-filled comments from those left of center about Republican Sen. Jesse Helms from North Carolina who died on the 4th of July. It seems that whenever a conservative dies -- Jerry Falwell, who passed away last year, comes to mind -- the liberals in this country go on a bashing spree -- and get away with it.
Democrat Sen. Ted Kennedy is currently undergoing chemotherapy for a malignant brain tumor. The prognosis does not look good. Will the rightospehere laugh and heckle and dance on his grave when he passes away?
By and large I have not seen that kind of behavior from conservatives. All too much I have seen it from liberals.
Where is common courtesy and respect?
I lived in North Carolina for 12 years during Sen. Helms' time in office. I was in the mountainous rural area ... and people there loved him. He spoke the common sense they knew and that was what he was elected to do -- represent the people of his state.
So while the libs may howl with glee that he has now passed on to a greater reward, the sadness of those who will miss him is louder ... and his representation of those everyday working folks from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean to the mountains of Blowing Rock and Asheville ... will be remembered.
Jesse Helms -- 1921-2008.