Saturday, September 9, 2006
Personal Asides: Ryan Should Have Had a Life and Should Have Gotten Life Society of St. Vincent de Paul Marks 149 Years
If there was ever any lingering regret for George Ryans troubles, it was snuffed out early in his trial. When one session ended and the former governor was gathering his things into a briefcase, ready to depart, he was approached by the Rev. Duane Willis, the father of the six children who were burned to death after a car accident caused by a part falling off a truck driven by a illegal immigrant who got his commercial license by bribing one of Ryans driving examiners. Rev. Willis, a gentleman, approached the defendant and asked Ryan to at least express remorse for his part in the accident. Ryan growledas only he couldwhy dont you get a life?
That enormous cruelty puts Ryan on par with a number of miscreants who have utterly no redeeming social valueon the same level as a shark who assaults people out of blindest instinct. And still there are wimpy liberals who like to fancy that in his nature there are, as there are with most other human beings, a mixture of goodness and venality. First, that mixture doesnt always test out. You cant make that observation for Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler or William Heirens. You dont say that H. H. Holmes, the villain who married and butchered young women in the true story The Devil and the White City was good to his mother or turned to sniffles when he saw a beautiful sunset. Yet there a contemporary liberals who like to point out that these humanitarian ingredients exist in the snout-faced pig who snuffled up as much slop as he could ingest from the trough.
They point out that he freed prisoners on death row in one collective gulp, that he went to Cuba to protest the embargo against Castro, that he turned overnight from a pro-lifer to a governor who vetoed a pro-life bill because he was converted overnight to womens reproductive rights. John Kass article about the blunderbuss who chortled after the trial in the Mens Room about what Dan Webb would tell the media who stooped to see if anyone was in the stalls was sufficient. To them I repeat Ryans unutterably callous and unfeeling statement to Rev. Willis: why dont you get a life?
George Ryan was a man in whom no earthly light of beneficence has shown. Liberals who are touched by his overnight accommodation of their prime views either know or are too naïve to realize that he did itas he has done everything else in his public lifeto beat the rap, following the disclosure of his insufferably rotten public life. Nor was he the spectacle of an innocent twisted by the old Kankakee Republican machine. He did it in accord with the human condition. Evil isnt so much a problem for us as a great marvela marvel springing from Gods mysterious reverence for the natures He created, a marvel that does not detract from His goodness, a marvel that requires for the perfection of the universe that some people be indefectible, others allowed to change with their nature and still others to remain unregenerate. Theologians say that God permits evil so that He may bring good out of it i.e. that if evil were to vanish, Providence could not reconstitute and replenish the integrity of things. There are some human examples that reject reconstitution to serve to us as an object lesson that man was created free and that God will not interfere with this freedom even when it is used contrary to Gods will. While none of us can ever know in the fullest of others, the unregenerate, non-penitent Ryan is an example of baseness that afflicts some who are obsessed with self to the detriment of others.
The man who cruelly said get a life to the father of six who lost their lives due to his malfeasance should himself have gotten a lifeand should have gotten life, Madam Judge. That he didnt is a crass reverse tribute to a lawyer retained by the head of a law firmone who slavishly represented the non-ideals of his ultra-pragmatic boss: a revolving set of flexible non-principles as the defendant in the dock and who was justifiably ordered to sacrifice the law firms chairmanship by his colleagues who had had enough.
Even if certain elements of the liberal media have not.
St. Vincent de Paul.
In contrast to the venality of the above subject, lets end this weekday on a happier note: the fact that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the citys non-profit charity, is marking its 149th year of helping the unfortunate, homeless and poverty-stricken in this area. In 2005 the Society helped out 700,000 Chicagoans with $1.9 million in assistance and dedicated 43,000 volunteer hours to personal assistance. On September 9th the Society will be collecting donations from pedestrians at over 40 locations across the city. To donate or volunteer, please call Phil Malfese at (773) 927=1090 at Grainger-Terry which is assisting the Society to reach out for the poor.