“I have never killed any one, but I have read some obituary notices with great satisfaction”
— Clarence Darrow
That quote has been making the rounds on my Facebook feed today in light of Rep. Franklin’s death. He died young, probably from a heart attack. I’m not one to celebrate over people dying, because it makes me uncomfortable to basically dance on people’s graves. I feel for his family and it sucks losing someone like that. Having said that, I don’t blame a single person who posted that quote and I don’t blame progressives who are breathing a sigh of relief at his expense. I can’t say that I’m going to bat an eyelash or shed a tear, and I’m not going to comment on women in Georgia who have a slight boost in hope now. I’m not going to talk about how some people are being downright ghoulish about the whole thing either.
I’m too pissed off about the revisionist history bullshit that the media is pulling with this guy to comment on those things. People are saying that he was kind, gentle, principled and that he was a great man. Fuck that. This is a man who wanted to demand proof of natural miscarriage from women, which is not that easy to prove. He wanted to restrict women’s right to exercise their reproductive freedom. This is a man who demeaned victims of rape. He didn’t want gays openly serving in the military, or getting married. This is not kind, gentle, or great. I don’t know why it’s okay to speak ill of the dead in some cases, but there’s the urge to silence those who are calling out the shit in this case. His ideals and policies, what he wanted for the US, were no better than the Taliban. But somehow, for no good reason, he’s being propped up as an amazing man and politician.
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t look at his death and feel like it sucks, that it was too soon or that it doesn’t have some measure of tragedy….but let’s remember Rep. Bobby Franklin for who he really was. He was a misogynist, a bigot and perfectly worthy of the tag assweasel. Let’s remember him for the douche he was and hope someone like him doesn’t get elected in his place.