I read the news today that President Ford passed away.  My condolences to the Ford Family, especially his wife Betty.  The media seems to be working overtime to remind us that President Ford was the only unelected U.S. president and that his pardon of President Richard Nixon may have cost him the presidency in 1976, a debatable contention.  A couple weeks ago, the media turned South Dakota’s U.S. Senator Tim Johnson’s courageous fight to survive brain surgery into a balance of power struggle in the U.S. Senate.  What a shame. 
 
It’s a shame that the media always seems to find a political angle to every story, even when lives are at stake and deaths are involved.  President Ford, a Republican, deserves to be remembered as a U.S. President, without asterick or caveat, just as much as the other 42 men who served in the office.  Likewise, Senator Johnson, a Democrat, deserves the dignity to be left out of politics while he recovers from surgery.  No one should focus on the balance of power in the U.S. Senate and whether it will tip in favor of the Republicans or Democrats–Senator Johnson deserves a chance at full recovery.  Democrats should not be rooting for him to live in order to pass bills, and Republicans should not be wishing the worst to befall him.  The business of Congress can wait.  The media should focus less on making a political story out of human tragedy.  Matters of life and death should not be politicized.
 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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