Farewell Charles Krauthammer

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by Patricia Feager, 6/21/18

 

Charles Krauthammer, a star reporter and American political commentator, one of the most respected voices in the media died on June 21, 2018. He was born on March 13, 1950, under the sign of the Pisces. He came into the world when Harry S. Truman was President and died during the Trump Administration.

 

"I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest 

debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking," 

Krauthammer wrote in the Washington Post

 

The story of Krauthammer is described as a man who stood for principle at a time in history when controversy boiled over in foreign policy and current political affairs. For many, he was the voice of the American people who stood for justice and the American way. For millions of Baby Boomers he was their political Superman, graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1975, while hospitalized for a diving board accident during his first year of medical school, leaving him paralyzed. Living as a quadriplegic he wrote the hard commentaries that others couldn't effectively communicate. With his head held high, he accepted no pity.

 

"Some people are walking around with full use of their bodies 

and they are more paralyzed than I am."

--- Christopher Reeves

 

As a critical commentator, Charles Krauthammer had nerves of steel. He did not spread fake news, his reflections conveyed thoughts and ideas that many couldn't express. A good writer does his due diligence, never plagiarizes, does research, and speaks the truth. As a psychiatrist, he could understand people and wrote weekly columns that reached worldwide publications. He was not afraid to write what needed to be written.

 

"I don't mind going into the lion's den.

That's where you test yourself.'

--- Charles Krauthammer 

 

Krauthammer won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary in the Washington Post in 1987. A Writer takes responsibility for what they write. Charles was a critical thinker who conveyed information to the general public by helping them to become more conscious and aware of worldly problems calmly and logically. His values resonated with many and earned him the well-deserving Pulitzer Prize and the respect of people throughout the world during his entire career. The world now mourns for the man who effectively used critical analysis for political news. His contributions to political science and economics was a gift to the American people and foreigners alike. Although his body is not here, his words will live on. It is now up to us to do our own "path-finding study," on critical thinking, problem solving, and use of effective communication.

Patricia Feager, 6/21/18   

 

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Jim Harper
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Thank you Patricia Feager for your feature, well written indeed. Mr. Krauthammer was an amazing man as has already been well described. As one commentator put it this week, "he always spoke in complete paragraphs." He made his points without rancor, without interrupting anyone, without speaking ill of the opposing point of view, and with humor. Just when we need more of his ilk we are now missing one of the very best. A very sad day.

Jun 23, 2018 11:22 AM #72
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Dan Tabit
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In an era of opinions spoken loudly and often with little to back them up, Charles was calm, reasoned and honest.  He stood out in the crowd of brash and obnoxious in today's political talking heads. He will be missed. 

Jun 23, 2018 03:51 PM #73
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Jill Sackler
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He and his family were from my Long Beach, NY community and were very well respected.

Jun 23, 2018 06:48 PM #74
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo - I thought the special was done in good taste. He leaves a legacy and big shoes to fill. He truly was an inspirational man. 

Jun 23, 2018 07:47 PM #75
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Jim Harper - His grammar was impeccable! We could all learn a lot by using his standards as guideposts when writing, editing, and speaking. Texting, emoji, and acronyms are spoiling the beauty and intent of the English language. I wonder how many adults 21 years old and over would pass an English grammar test today?

One of my pet peeves is trying to say something while someone interrupts.  

Jun 23, 2018 07:54 PM #76
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Dan Tabit - It takes a lot of self-control to not go off the handle when you disagree with someone. Charles Krauthammer perfected the art of listening and showing respect when others spoke, even when he disagreed. Taking emotion out of dialogue makes a big difference in how others respond, doesn't it? 

Thanks for your comment. 

Jun 23, 2018 07:58 PM #77
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Jill Sackler - Your community must be very sad about his passing and also very proud of him and what he accomplished throughout his career. I hope something memorable will be constructed in Long Island in his memory. 

Jun 23, 2018 08:01 PM #78
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Everytime I heard him speak I felt like I was listening to the voice of reason and extreme wisdom. I don't know of anyone that can take his place. He will be missed.

Jun 23, 2018 09:01 PM #79
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Debbie Reynolds - Charles Krauthammer lived with purpose. There will never be another Charles Krauthammer but hopefully enough people will change and emulate how he behaved in public. Bot Krauthammer and Stephen Hawking are missed a lot!

Jun 23, 2018 09:25 PM #80
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Tom Bailey
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Well said Patricia! He will certainly be missed! I didn’t always agree with him, but I love his analysis!

Jun 23, 2018 09:35 PM #81
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Tom Bailey - Thanks! I didn't always agree with him either; however, I respected him. He will go down in history books, that I am sure of!  

Jun 23, 2018 09:43 PM #82
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"If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters." I didn't agree with all of Krauthammer's positions, but I could still tremendously respect him.  He believed in the truth and he believed in integrity and these are traits that he, unfortunately, had to watch his political party largely abandon in his lifetime.  I'm willing to bet his wisdom will transcend, however, and I'm very happy to see your post featured.  He's a writer that deserved such a fitting tribute.  Well done.

Jun 24, 2018 06:01 AM #83
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I always loved his commentary Patricia Feager , very nice blog today

Jun 24, 2018 07:31 AM #84
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This man was an example to all that disability is not a limiting condition.

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He was an awesome man and the world has lost much with his passing.  

Jun 25, 2018 09:54 AM #86
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For some reason I missed his passing.  So grateful you wrote this post.  I skipped over to Youtube to find his interview.  What a great man who influenced countless others! 

 

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 I listened to his farewell letter read on TV. Very honest, very moving... He was out of the spotlight for the last year. They say it was because he was ill. Maybe. But I think he simply was honest enough not to participate in the shameful today's Fox News, where he used to be an excellent commentator.

Deep, clever, honest...

 

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His name does not ring for me, I may very well have read some of his pieces over the years, but I thought this was an insightful post, well written and heartfelt. Glad it was featured, a challenge to all of us to write well and encourage us to think clearly.

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Hi Patricia, 

It is rare that I read every comment on a post but this post is very special. (I am up to 50 and will have to come back!)

For the last year, I have missed his daily commentary but we always thought he would be back to participate and and elevate the conversation to the highest level. Unfortunately that was not to be...

In this time of political acrimony, Charles was the safe port in the storm. Reasonable people could listen to his words and come away with an understanding that helped them cut through the biting emotions of the time. He provided clarity even if you disagreed with his assessment. He was not like the partisans of today. I respected and trusted his point of view because I it came from his heart! I so enjoyed his humorous anecdotes... He often recalled, "he was a psychiatrist in remission" !

One more point... In my opinion, I do not believe Charles suffered from adversity. He rose above all of that noise. Many people didn't even know he was a paraplegic.  I believe that Charles would not even want to be associated with the thought that he had to overcome obstacles from his accident. He in fact, graduated on time with his class. 

They say that sunlight is the best disinfectant.  Then I say that Charles Krauthammer was a piece of that sun. Somehow, it seems fitting that he passed into the light on the summer solstice...

Jun 26, 2018 07:06 AM #91
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Incidentally, I find it interesting that two of the most brilliant minds of the 20th and 21st century passed within 3 months of each other...(Stephen Hawking). 

Jun 26, 2018 07:14 AM #92
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