BETHESDA, Md. — On Tuesday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell died at the age of 84.
In addition to the accomplished statesmanship that comprised his later life, Powell was a four-star general whose remarkable career in the United States military spanned three decades. In that time, he was awarded a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, served as Deputy National Security Advisor and later National Security Advisor during the Reagan administration, and served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993.
After his appointment by former President George W. Bush, Powell was sworn in as Secretary of State in 2001, he became the first Black man to hold the position.
Powell’s legacy was defined by his trailblazing career, and that is what we should be talking about. Unfortunately, what we have found ourselves talking about is the farthest possible thing from Powell’s legacy.
After a statement from Powell’s family revealed that he had died of complications from COVID-19 after having been fully vaccinated, any air of mourning that there may have been quickly dissipated. Like clockwork, leftists began using Powell’s death to promulgate the brazen lie pushed forth by the Biden administration that people who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID pose an existential threat to those who have.
Colin Powell didn't die because he was vaccinated. he died because you weren't
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) October 18, 2021
FYI: Colin Powell's death is precisely why getting vaccinated is not a "personal choice"
Unvaccinated people are far more likely to contract and spread COVID
And there are millions of people like Powell w/compromised immune systems who don't have a robust response to vaccines
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 18, 2021
CNN's Alisyn Camerota: "Would the booster shot have saved his [Colin Powell's] life?"
CNN Medical Analyst Leana Wen: "It might have helped…"
"…Yes the vaccine does protect you, but it protects you even better if everybody around you is vaccinated." pic.twitter.com/yD92bhv6e0
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 18, 2021
The fall of a contemporary titan is something that should inherently transcend the realm of the political.
Powell was a great man, and in reflecting on his character, the question of whether or not you or I agreed with him on public policy is irrelevant. Using the news of his death as a soapbox to push COVID policy is morally reprehensible.
But for the media talking heads and Twitter bluechecks using Powell as a political prop and suggesting that he died because of the selfish, conspiratorial rubes opposing vaccine mandates, Powell was less of a man than he is a pawn; an ace up the sleeve of the intellectual barbarian.
In short: Powell died, and they saw it as a means to push an agenda.
There used to be a line defined by a commonly understood sense of not only decency, but humanity, that both sides would largely agree not to cross — and death stood on the other side of that line. However, that is now a relic of an era that has long since gone by, as the left have since embraced a philosophy of subjective morality.
The problem with that moral relativist school of thought is that when there exists no objective moral standard to which something can be held, its value becomes meaningless and everything is expendable. Instead, the left have defined their political convictions as so integral to human existence that their intellectual thuggery is not only justified, but righteous. Civility, decency, morality, and a basic understanding of our shared humanity, meanwhile, are simply roadblocks placed in the way of utopia.
As such, the sanctity of life is now only relevant in our discourse when it can be ghoulishly used to make cheap political points.
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