Daily Archives: September 15, 2010

When People Speak Politics Beyond The Grave

Obituaries and headstones can be so illuminating.

Oh, had Nathaniel Grigsby been alive today.  His request would have been even more vehemently made nowadays, considering the hyper-partisan Democratic party emboldened since 2008.  

The farmer and  Civil War soldier that served in the Indiana Calvary, was a good friend of Abraham Lincoln.  But the behavior of the Democratic Party in the 1800’s made Grigsby enough of a skeptic and disbeliever, that he wanted all those that came after him to beware.

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“N. Brigsby.  DIED April 16, 1890.  Aged 78 Yrs. 6Ms. 5Ds.  2nd Lieut. Co. G. 10th Ind. Cavy.”
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“Through this inscription I wish to enter my dying protest against what is called the Democratic party I have watched it closely since the days of Jackson and know that all the misfortunes of our nation has come to it through this so called party therefore beware of this party of treason.  Put on in fulfillment of promise to Deceased.”
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One last time to take a stand.  So the idea of passing on some wisdom has been reprised.  Forget the flowers, send $$$ to anyone running against POTUS!.  McNorman tips us off to Obit: In lieu of flowers, donate to anybody running against Obama in 2012.  WISTV in Columbia, SC.   

Don Unsworth was a lively politically conservative resident of the area, a family man who had a great sense of humor.  He wanted to have the last word through his obituary.  Image and video here.

“In lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, or to the campaign of anybody who is running against President Barack Obama in 2012.”

“He was not really a big Obama fan,” said his daughter Donna Barnes.

Grigsby and Unsworth are probably slapping down a big high-five on the other side, over their suave manner of reaching beyond the grave. 

Nice to see survivors respectfully honoring the wishes of the dead.  Even for politicking. 

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