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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #40)

Tue Jun 4, 2013, 01:54 PM

50. Well, Michael Douglas was cured of his cancer.

So if there's any karma or deity or other magical absolution happening with regard to cancer (though I rather doubt there is), somebody up there evidently LIKES him.

And funny, you may be "reminded how DU reacts when a conservative has cancer" but I haven't seen that shit happen much if at all. In fact, what I see is that MOST DUers are both decent and compassionate even when a complete asshole gets cancer. Sure, the usual low post count trolls with some iteration of 'liberal' or 'left' in their user names will come in with a zinger, but we know where they come from and you just have to consider the source.

I don't see a "kick him when he's down" theme in this thread, for example:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/1014266303

and look at the "piling on" after this cancer news:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x7650073

Cancer doesn't give a shit what your politics are. I think most people here understand that. Who here hasn't been affected by cancer? I don't know anyone who doesn't have a family member or friend who battled that disease--or who had to deal with it themselves.

Even when a jerk dies, most people can separate the politics and the stances the deceased took from the disease that killed him or her (save those low post count trolls)--and it's not realistic to pretend that a jerk was a saint just because they died of this ailment or that.

I also don't think "pre-emptive scoldings" work very well in this community. You're tarring people with collective guilt ahead of any event, and all that does is make people resentful that you are casting aspersions upon their characters without any reason. Wait until you have your cancer victim from the right wing, wait until someone says something shitty, and THEN speak your peace--to that person who says the crappy thing, not with a great big soppy broad brush to all and sundry. Don't anticipate lousy behavior before it even happens.

IMO, anyway.

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