Is it over yet?
John McCain may have been dear to a few people, but for the rest of us (and most likely 99% of the people invited to be part of his ostentatious Display of the Dead), he remains a clear and present exemplar of a petty plutocracy and blatant self-service. An insatiably vindictive man, his equally malicious family, and all those eager to participate in a six-minute trash-talk tribute have radically transformed one of the last public opportunities to share our humanity. We do not mourn, we cannot mourn, and we should not mourn one who in death chose to even a score only he was keeping.
It was the observation of a high-school junior that explained a certain hollowness to every news anchor's claim that a nation mourns. CJ Pearson wrote: "At most funerals I've attended, it's God's love that fills the room, not hate and animus for a person who is not even in attendance."