As everyone gathered to honor the life and legacy of former President George H.W. Bush, it seemed as though many people were incapable of the smallest gesture of human decency. Social media, and news outlets, were flooded with nonsensical stories about basically everything other than the life and legacy of the former President.
In a story from Slate, the website actually took the time to remind us that Bush’s service dog, Sully, was only a part of his life for the last 6 months, and not his lifelong partner. The article is referencing a viral tweet that shows Sully sitting in front of the casket of Bush. Assuredly, everyone appreciates the reminder that this dog, is not, in fact, 94 years old.
In another controversial moment, the Associated Press tweeted the following statement regarding the death of George H.W. Bush:
George H.W. Bush, a patrician New Englander whose presidency is soared with the coalition victory over Iraq in Kuwait, but then plummeted in the throes of a weak economy that led voters to turn him out of office after a single term, has died. He was 94.
AP has since apologize for the tweet, since it “opened with referencing his 1992 electoral defeat and omitted his WWII service.”
Apparently that tiny detail of his service to his country, must have just slipped their mind.
Another moment of poor judgement and bad timing came from Ben Shapiro. Ben tweeted the following tweet the afternoon of Bush’s funeral service:
Ben has since apologized for the timing of this tweet, but not necessarily the content.
Not to mention the handful of articles discussing the awkwardness of the Trumps, Obamas, and Clintons. I am not going to speculate on whether Hillary was trying to snub President Trump, or Melania. I am not going to speculate as to why President Trump did not participate in the Apostles’ creed, or the hymns. Both of which, were actual stories by the way. It was very discouraging to see all the things posted that were not directly related to the former President. Especially from journalists, pundits, and others with large platforms. To me, this shows that civility in politics is gone with no chance of returning soon. These sorts of cases, while not representing the entire picture, seem to be more common and normalized, as everyone is increasingly focused on partisanship and differences.
I encourage you to avoid falling into this trap in your own life. Be mindful of these tendencies, and work towards civility. Take time to put politics side, and just have human connections. There is plenty of time for partisanship. A moment like this is a great opportunity to put differences aside, and just stand together to honor a man who served his country in the military, as a dignified public servant, and as a devoted husband, father, and friend.
Let’s all be better in that way.