I hate that he is gone and I am so saddened by his family’s loss beyond words.
What added insult to injury for me was Sen. John Danforth’s liberal spewing of hatred at the funeral on Tuesday... in his eulogy. Not only did the former Senator-turned-Episcopal-Priest fuel the fire for our local media to push their agenda of dividing Missouri Republicans, but he also laid the blame at the feet of other human beings—who no doubt—feel horrible about this tragic loss.
Interesting though, how Sen. Danforth can in one moment criticize the harshness of politics and demand that we pursue a kinder, gentler way of campaigning—all the while he shamelessly lays blame of Tom’s death on fellow Republicans. In my opinion, John Hancock is no more to blame for Tom’s death than John Danforth. Senator, you admitted you didn’t think Tom could handle the life of public politics. Yet, what did you do to stop him? How far back do you want to go in blaming others for the actions of an individual with free choice? This “anti-bullying” BS is what needs to stop. No one is responsible for another person’s suicide. In the end, we all make the choice based on our emotions, mental state, fears, and faith.
I am so upset—like many others—that this happened. It sounds crazy, but it would be easier to accept that someone murdered Tom than to accept his suicide. My “well-balanced” brain finds it difficult to understand why someone goes to this extreme. It’s a natural tendency to want to blame others when things like this happen, but sometimes we have to accept the unacceptable.
It is a tragedy…an utter tragedy. Maybe what the Reverend Danforth should have said (if his words had truly been guided by God) was that this is an opportunity for us to draw together, instead of pushing us apart. God bless you, Tom, and thank you for your service to us.
Where there is love there is triumph in tragedy.