Monday, February 08, 2010


I don't usually speak ill of the dead too much. After someone dies, there is nothing that can be done or said, to change the fate of the dearly departed....either in relation to his image or as it applies to his eternal rest.

But I need to say something here, as part of my process.

I do not want to feel the ill I currently feel towards Jack Murtha.

But I do.

I am bitter about the way he treated those Marines without knowing the entire story. While many of his foes in Washington are saying nice things about him only because he is dead, I won't do it.

So what if he was once a man of valor serving this great nation as a modern day knight in the U.S. Marine Corps? Once a Marine always a Marine.... and this Marine turned his back on his brethren. I don't say that he should support someone who commits atrocities for the hell of it, but he sold these men up for his political advantage.

So let me summarize this in plain terms:

I do not celebrate his death. However, I am not going to be a hypocrite.

I am not going to say a bunch of stuff that I cannot say in good faith, about a man that lost his soul in Washington politics. You are all free to to if you wish. But I cannot do it and maintain any sense of integrity.

If I am wrong, may God forgive me. I will answer for it. But right now, it just isn't in me.


Z said...

Well said, LA. We don't and shouldn't rejoice over his passing but the way he jumped to conclusions about our boys REALLY hurt all of us....them, and their country.
And today Yahoo's headline was "Murtha, friend of vets"...horrific hypocrisy.

LASunsett said...

//"Murtha, friend of vets"//

"Enemy of those still in combat" should have been the ending.

Greg said...

Even the news stories that mention Murtha's slander of the Marines caught up in the Haditha hoax (and most don't mention it) fail to mention the most important fact: that none of those Marines was convicted of anything. Also, Murtha never took back the awful things he said about those men. He died a bitter, lying p.o.s. That's how I'll remember him. [spit].

Mustang said...

I completely agree with Greg; Murtha was an arrogant SOB and as corrupt as humanly possible. I understand men like this; I don’t understand the morons who continually elected him. Ah well, death comes for us all … Murtha’s behavior was deplorable, but I am not his judge. Like Ted Kennedy, who gave up drinking 200 or so days ago, I’m sure Murtha will change his ways now, too.

Mary Ellen said...

Murtha was a who was knee deep in the dirt, slime, back-stabbing and downright hateful rhetoric in order to advance his agenda. But I can't bring myself to say that this is all he was because I didn't know him personally and to be frank, I've found that the media rarely tells the whole story. So I'll just say, "May God have mercy on his soul."

LASunsett said...

//Murtha never took back the awful things he said about those men.//

And the sad thing is, it's not like he hasn't had ample opportunity.

LASunsett said...

//I’m sure Murtha will change his ways now, too.//

He will when he hears that voice say, "roll the tape".

LASunsett said...

//"May God have mercy on his soul."//

Like Mustang said, I am not his judge. Hopefully Mr. Murtha had qualities unseen by us.

Chuck said...

I agree with all who have posted already (and your blog). I will not rejoice in his death either but I also will not miss him much. He was a crook and the way he treated the Marines, and continued to treat them in the face of contradictory evidence, was inexcusable. It's just too bad he wasn't around long enough to face these men in civil court or for the corruption investigations to end.

LASunsett said...

//It's just too bad he wasn't around long enough to face these men in civil court or for the corruption investigations to end.//

I am not exactly an oracle of God. But maybe he will.