Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Beau, has died of brain cancer. As you may know, Beau survived the horrendous tragedy that killed his other and sister when he was a child. But some FoxNews.com readers would not or could not put aside their hate even for this.
From the New York Times:
Mr. Biden’s death marks a second tragic loss for the vice president, whose first wife, Neilia, and 13-month-old daughter, Naomi, were killed in a car accident in 1972 when the station wagon they were driving in to go Christmas shopping was hit by a tractor-trailer. Beau Biden and his brother, Hunter, were also injured in the crash, but both survived.
…In a short, emotional speech introducing his father at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Mr. Biden recalled the tragedy that had touched his family, describing the moments after the crash.
“One of my earliest memories was being in that hospital, Dad always at our side. We, not the Senate, were all he cared about,” Mr. Biden said. “He decided not to take the oath of office. He said, ‘Delaware can get another senator, but my boys can’t get another father.’ However, great men like Ted Kennedy, Mike Mansfield, Hubert Humphrey — men who had been tested themselves — convinced him to serve. So he was sworn in, in the hospital, at my bedside.”
In the comments to a FoxNews.com article about Biden’s death, many of the readers expressed sentiments along the lines of “I may hate the vice president’s politics but I have nothing but sympathy for his family at this time.”
But plenty were shockingly mean-spirited. A sample below:
Biden photo from WhiteHouse.gov.
(H/T reader Lawrence G. for the title)
1. The comments above came from an article on FoxNews.com, not Fox Nation. When I wrote this post, there wasn’t anything on Fox Nation about Beau Biden’s death.
2. I know that conservatives do not have a lock on the hate market. However, part of my point in posting these comments – which I probably should have said in the post – is that Fox allows them to stay. Whether they are too cheap to get a moderator or just don’t care what kind of awfulness goes on in their threads doesn’t really matter, it amounts to the same thing.
I seriously doubt that the same standards will apply.
“You ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Just wait for the day Jimmy Carter dies.”
Oh boy doors17, YOU SURE AIN’T WHISTLING DIXIE! Mark my words: What we’re seeing right now from “FoKKKs Nashun” is a day at the beach compared to what they will unleash the instant Jimmy Carter dies (just in case you don’t know yet, he turned 90 last October 1). Like I said before in my prior post, the fact that we still have TENS OF MILLIONS OF IGNORANT AND POSITIVELY DUMB AS ROCKS redneck Americans out there swallowing the sewage that pours from the “FoKKKs Nashun” website daily and raising Jesse Watters (in case you forgot, he runs the “FoKKKs Nashun” website) and his boss Bully O’Lielly almost to the level of divine beings is simply a VERY DANGEROUS AND TROUBLING THING. It tells us much about perennially frustrated people with TWISTED AND VERY WARPED MINDS — these are people who will often seek out scapegoats to blame for their problems and their position in life just like Germans living in the early 1930s, right before Adolf Hitler and his Nazis seized total power.
“It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life. The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us—especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children, Natalie and Hunter. Beau’s life was defined by service to others. As a young lawyer, he worked to establish the rule of law in war-torn Kosovo. A major in the Delaware National Guard, he was an Iraq War veteran and was awarded the Bronze Star. As Delaware’s Attorney General, he fought for the powerless and made it his mission to protect children from abuse. More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brother. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did. In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”
“But plenty were shockingly mean-spirited. A sample below:”
Mark my words: I am TOTALLY SICK TO MY STOMACH after upchucking in my bedroom toilet from reading that small sample of HORSES**T from Jesse Watters’ “FoKKKs Nashun” sewer hole. It’s a VERY DANGEROUS AND TROUBLING thing when one takes into account the fact that there are STILL TENS OF MILLIONS OF RACIST AND REDNECKED AMERICANS OUT THERE WITH VERY TWISTED AND EXTREMELY WARPED minds who raise Jesse Watters and his boss Bully O’Lielly almost to the level of divine beings.
I was glad—no, ecstatic—when Falwell died—I hold him largely responsible for the millions who died from AIDS because he wielded his religious ideals as a club against the LGBT community. (When Pat Robertson finally croaks, I’ll be celebrating then too.)
That said, when principled conservatives, like William F Buckley Jr and William Safire, died, I felt no pleasure in their deaths. I didn’t agree with their politics but they were both incredibly open to discussion with political opponents, rarely devolving into personal attacks on them. They were highly articulate about their ideology and were pretty witty and even charming. Even when Barry Goldwater died, I didn’t feel any reason to be glad he was gone. Again, he was a principled conservative whose politics were largely anathema to me but he somewhat redeemed himself after chiding his fellow GOPers for their tying themselves to the Religious Right’s social agenda (which Goldwater thought was contrary to his view of conservatism—which wanted VERY limited government involvement). Given the current state of conservatism in this country, I don’t foresee myself feeling the least bit of sorrow or regret when any more right-wingers die.
But Beau Biden NEVER did anything to cause distress to anyone. And any self-described conservative who takes any pleasure in his death is a boil on the collective butt of humanity (and the sooner those people die, the better).
Seriously… It’s really tacky that you have more to say to us for shaming this talk, than to them for speaking it, almost like you don’t have a problem with what they’re saying. This is in especially bad taste since you’re playing up that it should be about respect to Beau.
Fox viewers don’t- They’re celebrating the death of a vice president’s son, and praying the VP joins him ASAP. I don’t even have snark for this, because there is no sane universe where this is anything but sickening.
RIP Beau Biden.