Wishing Senator Tim Johnson a Speedy Recovery

Democratic Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota suddenly fell ill yesterday during a conference call. He became disoriented during the session but appeared to get better. After seeing the Capitol physician it was decided that he should be taken to the hospital. He underwent surgery for an undisclosed condition though spokespeople have stated he did not have a stroke or cardiac event. He was not even settled in the hospital before rumors started to fly about the possibility that if he could not continue to serve, for whatever reason, he would probably be replaced by a Republican thereby giving Republicans control of the Senate.

On any given day the control of the Senate is an issue with me and I write about it. Today is not one of those days. I don’t care about something so trivial when compared to the life or health of another human being. Tim Johnson is not just a Senator, he is a father, husband and too many, a friend. His health is far more important than what party controls the Senate. People who only think of those things at a time like this are really pathetic individuals and should be ashamed.

I know there are a lot of people like this. There are people who cheered when President Bush gets assassinated in a movie and there are those who hoped he would be killed. Every time Dick Cheney goes to the hospital the fervor grows to fevered pitch as the death watchers come out in droves. People who think this way are totally absorbed in their own pathetic lives and can only think far enough ahead to worry about how something affects them or the party.

It has been said that party trumps race and religion and that might be true but party does not trump a human being and no party is worth the life or health of anyone. I wish Mr. Johnson a speedy recovery and I hope he can return to his duties to represent the people who elected him. I will keep him and his family in my prayers.

New York Times

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One Response to “Wishing Senator Tim Johnson a Speedy Recovery”

  1. Rosemary says:

    Beautifully stated. I agree. I had to turn off the TV and even some talk radio shows. It made me very sad and disgusted.

    Is this party of pro-LIFE? I guess that’s only as long as the child is unborn or a Republican. Where are we going to go? What can we do?

    We can join America’s Victory ’08. It’s a start, anyway. In the meantime, we really must get together and have some serious brain-storming…

    God bless you, Senator Tim Johnson. Get well soon.