2018-06-13 / Editorials

Krauthammer matters

All That’s Fit to Print
Brenda Wall

Charles Krauthammer has announced he has only a few weeks to live. The columnist and commentator was a regular panelist on Bret Baier’s Fox News program before Krauthammer fell ill.

Krauthammer is one of my favorite writers. He writes beautifully and thoughtfully. Before I read his book “Things That Matter,” I thought I knew about all things that matter. I didn’t.

The old saying “to walk a mile in another man shoes” doesn’t even begin to describe the journey that is Krauthammer’s life. A gifted athlete and a brilliant student, he was paralyzed in a diving accident in his first year in medical school at Harvard. During his long recovery time, he finished medical school and had a career.

He said that after the accident, all it means is whatever I do is a little bit harder and probably a little bit slower.

“And that’s basically it. Everybody has their cross to bear — everybody. I made a promise to myself on day one. I was not going to allow it to alter my life.”

In 1980 he was writing, getting published and starting a career with his spot-on opinion pieces. He served as a magazine editor and won a Pulitzer Prize when they mattered.

On both sides of the political aisle and the opinion row, people sometimes strongly disagree with his writing, but there is a lot of respect for this man. Since he announced his condition, there is an outpouring of sadness and gladness from people that worked with him, read his work and watched his commentary.

In Charles’s words…

“Washington is the only place in the world where a gaffe is when a politician accidently speaks the truth.”

“There is a reason why in New York Harbor there is a Statue of Liberty and not a Statue of Equality.”

“Great leaders are willing to retire unloved and unpopular as for the price of great exertion.”

“Orwell was wrong. You don’t need repression. You need only the sensory overload of an age of numbingly ephemeral social media.”

“What matters? Lives of the good and the great, the innocence of dogs, the cunning of cats, the elegance of nature, the wonders of space, the perfectly thrown outfield assist, the difference between historical guilt and historical responsibility, homage and sacrilege in monumental architecture, fashions and follies…”

“One modern conceit is that the inner man is more important than the outer man. The second conceit is that somehow, thanks to Freud and modern psychobabble, we have real access to the inner man.”

If fences don’t work, why is there one around the White House?”

Simple, but true.

Have a good week.

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