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June 21, 2005
Bush Derangement Syndrome Claims Another Victim (Updated)

Michelle Malkin points out an obituary from Tucson which should embarrass the family, except that they apparently wrote it. They claim that living with conservatives caused Corwyn William Zimbleman's death through a series of heart attacks from the political stress:

An avid atheist, he studied the bible and religion with more fervor than most Christians. He had strong political opinions and followed Amy Goodman's radio broadcast "Democracy Now." Alas the stolen election of 2000 and living with right-winged Americans finally brought him to his early demise. Stress from living in this unjust country brought about several heart attacks rendering him disabled. Cory, a great man, so very talented, compassionate and intelligent, dedicated to the arts and humanities and the environment, will be greatly missed by his wife, family, and friends.

While it's never a good idea to speak ill of the dead -- and after all, Cory Zimbleman didn't write this himself -- the above passage just begs for a good fisking. First, if living with conservatives caused this sensitive artist so much pain and anguish, why not just move to San Francisco, or the closer option of Taos? That doesn't sound terribly "intelligent" to me. If political stress consumed him, then listening to Amy Goodman doesn't sound like a very healthy pastime -- not that I'd recommend it under any circumstances. And for a man who studied the Bible fervently, apparently neither he nor his family learned the lessons of humility that the book teaches.

Regardless of his atheism, I'll pray that Cory is in a better place today. His family should check themselves into a clinic for the perpetually dyspeptic, however. The bitterness of this screed and the effort they put into insulting everyone they obviously hate shouldn't stand as anyone's obituary. If that's the way they want Tucson to remember their loved one, the Zimblemans must be sad, lonely, and incredibly petty people, who (if their premise is correct) will soon be following Cory into the hereafter as victims of heart failure due to Bush Derangement Syndrome.

On the other hand, perhaps this might be good news for the Left. They could use it to explain how Dick Durbin lost his mind, and the rest of the Democratic leadership lost their judgment in supporting Durbin. It sounds as reasonable as any of their rationalizations over the past week.

UPDATE: I see from the trackbacks that one of the Kos denizens objects to Michelle and I criticizing this obituary. Perhaps the outrage should be directed to Zimbleman's family members who went out of their way to insult people in his valediction. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from criticism.

UPDATE II: Let's not wish death on anyone here, OK? My answer to the phrase, "The only good Moonbat is..." is "one that Bill at INDC photographs in its native habitat." Otherwise, pray that they receive wisdom and enlightenment, and while we're at it, pray that for ourselves, too. I wouldn't mind more of it.

UPDATE III: Today, I received this e-mail from Mike Zimbleman, Cory's brother and apparently a CQ reader. I offered to reprint the e-mail in its entirety without comment as a rebuttal to my post and the comments made by CQ readers, and Mike graciously agreed.

Captain Ed-

I am rather offended by the commentary upon my brother Cory's obituary. Actually more so in a general vein than personally, as I believe that the contents of most any obituary for a non-celebrity ordinary citizen should be left alone. This may be one area where the blogs and some other commentators still have something to learn in terms of style, good form, and appropriateness from the MSM. Essentially whenever one knows nothing of what one is speaking it is better to keep quiet.

I am not pleased with my brother's obituary but at least I know that it was written by a family member who had endured the stress of three weeks watching him die from the effects of brain damage from a probable massive heart attack, while working with doctors to attempt to find some way to save his life. Generally in situations like this an obituary would be tempered by the dispassionate support of a funeral director. In this instance such support was not present (due to choices made by his immediate family on processes following his death) and the obituary as written came directly out of a state of shock and grief.

Yes, my brother and some members of the family are politically far left. And just as some do on both the left and the right, he took it much too personally. The obituary reflects this personalization of politics. I can just as easily see something similar coming from many on the right given similar circumstances. It is an unfortunate sign of our times and the extremes gone to by both sides. Which is why a degree of good judgement is required in commenting or not commenting upon such an expression in something as personal as an obituary.

As it happens my brother and I disagreed politically on virtually everything. I happen to be a regular reader of CQ and was bemused to discover my family a subject of discussion. I would be considered a conservative leaning libertarian; another in the family is near middle-of-the-road. I was a veteran and retired from a DoD agency. So politics was subject generally avoided in our discussions. From my perspective I would attribute Cory's cause of death to a hereditary family history of heart trouble exacerbated by behaviour such as heavy smoking in his earlier life. But I'm willing to let others in the family ascribe it how they will, because we are after all a family. I only wish that other people could behave as well.

Mike Zimbleman

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