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“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” 

                   John Donne Devotions 17

Mrs. Manor and I are approaching 40 years of marriage. We sincerely hope to surpass 50 years, for our love, one for the other, deepens daily.  To be married 72 years, as Barbara and George H. W. Bush were, is extraordinary, a testament to the ethics of a different time, an older generation, to a truly great love, yet my lesser experience provides at least a little insight into the tragedy of Barbara’s death at 92.  Tragedy, and joy in the certainty she’s with the Lord.

That joy must be tempered, however, by the never-ending, increasingly vicious culture war turbulently raging around us.  One may, as George and Barbara Bush did, live life well, harming none, and in fact, giving greatly to others without thought of identity politics, and still be the targets of progressive venom.  Few know, for example, that when Mrs. Bush’s book—written by their dog Millie—made nearly $800,000 dollars in royalties in a single year, they gave nearly all of it to charity, some 62% of their income for that year alone.  But that wasn’t sufficient for a leftist professor of English at Fresno State:

Randa Jarrar

That wasn’t sufficient cruelty for Prof. Jarrar:

The blocked out word is “shit.”  Jarrar is apparently unaware that Saddam Hussein and his psychotic sons murdered thousands of his own people, as well as thousands of other Muslims, and it was a very large coalition of the world’s nations that ended his despotic rule.  Or perhaps she is aware of that, and is merely filled with hate?  She wasn’t done:

I wish I could say Jarrar isn’t representative of the contemporary left.  Our future prospects would be much brighter were that so.  It is that kind of screaming, spittle-slinging hatred and cruelty that brings us ever closer to civil war.  This, gentle readers, is the nature of the Democrat Party should they ever again seize the White House.  This is the humanity with which they will treat normals.  This is diversity and tolerance.  But Jarrar still wasn’t done:

She also boasted that because she is a tenured professor, she couldn’t be fired over her views. ‘I work as a tenured professor. I make 100K a year doing that. I will never be fired. I will always have people wanting to hear what I have to say,” she wrote on Twitter.

Tragically, she’s right about all of that, particularly about people wanting to hear her vile expressions of cruelty.  Among the left, there seems a bottomless pit of such wretched souls. One must, however, give her university administration at least some credit for decency, something all too rare these days in overwhelmingly leftist “higher” education:

On behalf of Fresno State, I extend my deepest condolences to the Bush family on the loss of our former First Lady, Barbara Bush,’ Fresno State President Joseph Castro said in the statement. ‘We share the deep concerns expressed by others over the personal comments made today by professor Randa Jarrar, a professor in the English Department at Fresno State.’

Castro stressed that Jarrar’s comments were ‘as a private citizen,’ and don’t represent the university. ‘Professor Jarrar’s expressed personal views and commentary are obviously contrary to the core values of our University, which include respect and empathy for individuals with divergent points of view, and a sincere commitment to mutual understanding and progress,’ he added.

The study of literature should serve to make one acutely aware of the human condition, to instill empathy and humility, and to know, as Donne said, the bell—the church bell sounding to announce a death–tolls for us all.  It would appear Professor Jarrar has never learned those lessons, or has chosen to discard them.

I would like to believe that Jarrar is an aberration, an anomaly in the ranks of otherwise tolerant, civil and reflective progressives, but there are far too many like her, and the fuel of their hatred seems inexhaustible.  While normal Americans commonly forgive, feel sorrow for others, and pray for them, far too many leftists think normals deplorable, irredeemable, fit only to be resisted.  More and more, that resistance is violent, motivated by a simmering fury and desire for conquest.

May the sincere empathy for George Bush and the entire Bush family, and the sorrow at Barbara’s passing expressed by caring, normal Americans comfort them, and blot out the unhinged and ugly ravings of an empty, leftist soul.  May it always be so when the bell tolls for each of us.

UPDATE, 04-19-18, 1700 CST:  Just in case anyone was thinking Jarrar was a lone ranger in her inhumane leftist cruelty…

Jen Spyra

A writer for ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ has found herself in hot water over a tweet she wrote about the death of former first lady Barbara Bush.

The overwhelming majority of respondents were not impressed with Spyra:

A rep for the ‘Late Show’ did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.

There’s a surprise.

However, Spyra’s tweet did receive a positive reaction from comedian Josh Weisman who simply replied, ‘Awesome’ to her tweet. She answeredthe ‘Corporate’ star, ‘We all do our part.

Particularly sickening is the blithe comfort with which people such as Jarrar, Spyra and Weisman toss off such barbaric and ugly remarks.  One can only conclude this is the daily, understood undercurrent of the social interactions of such people.  They all think this way; they all speak this way, and they all pat each other on the back for their hip, elite, and oh-so-clever cruelty.  People that don’t think and vote as they do aren’t really people at all.

It has been observed that the worst and most fanatical monsters of the Nazi regime were, rather than large, screaming zealots, quiet, unremarkable and even plain little men, people who would never stand out in a crowd. The term applied to them was “the banality of evil.”

I am not calling Jarrar, Spyra and Weisman Nazis.  That’s a favorite fall back argument of the Left. I merely point out that when one moves in circles where abject cruelty is thought to be not only acceptable, but evidence of an evolved social consciousness, an identifier and sign of acceptance in elite progressive society, terms like “the banality of evil” would obviously seem to apply.