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Liberal Friend Passes Away
Myself | 05/03/2009 | Captain Peter Blood

Posted on 05/03/2009 7:44:46 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood

Last weekend a friend of mine passed away unexpectedly from heart disease.

He was only 65 but had suffered from heart problems for at least 30 years and had had open heart surgery at least twice.

Eight years or so he was in such bad shape he could hardly get around and had given up his psychology practice.

But he had a miracle in his life, a friend had steered him to some vitamin supplements that enabled him to get off his medications and resume a somewhat fuller life than he had.

My friend was also about as Left-Wing as you could get and it was nigh impossible to have any sort of rationial political conversation with him. So I tried to avoid them as he was a good person.

When my own Father had open heart surgery over four years ago at the age of 80 my friend went by to see him many times, helped him cope and get over the depression he was having.

Outside of his being a liberal my friend had a Big Heart and did many things for other people.

In any event as I was reading his obituary, right at the end it stated that in lieu of flowers please make a doantion to either the ACLU or Amnesty International.

Now being a Conservative that just wasn't in the cards for me to make such a donation so along with a couple of others that knew him we decided to make a Memorial Donation in his name at The Reagan Library.

My friend had a keen sense of humor and I would guess if the situation were reversed he would donate in my name to the ACLU.

Right now I hope he is having a good laugh over this one. Goodbye Roy and God Speed Old Friend.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: aclu; liberal
I would imagine many of you out there have a similar friend.
1 posted on 05/03/2009 7:44:47 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Actually, no. Nor would I. I don’t believe in compromising principles and ideology for the sake of a non-relative friendship. But I don’t fault you for your friendship.


2 posted on 05/03/2009 7:47:21 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Captain Peter Blood

RIP to your friend. After Obama was elected I cut my liberal friends off want nothing to do with them they are pure evil


3 posted on 05/03/2009 7:48:40 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Well it is a nice you did something, but it probably would have been more appropriate to make the donation to the American Heart Association or something similar you agreed upon. God bless him and may he rest in peace.


4 posted on 05/03/2009 7:49:15 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Sure. Bill Buckley had some friends that were way over on the other side. And I can’t forget the Ed Meese/Bob Beckel friendship (talk about an odd couple). Those two had quite a yuck-up on a long ago episode of “Crossfire.” Sorry for your loss.


5 posted on 05/03/2009 7:50:09 AM PDT by seatrout (I wouldn't know most "American Idol" winners if I tripped over them!)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Is there a charity that you and he could both support, like a charity for children with disabilities or children’s cancer hospital?


6 posted on 05/03/2009 7:55:33 AM PDT by Y2Bogus
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Sorry for your loss.


7 posted on 05/03/2009 8:00:49 AM PDT by svcw (There are 10 kinds of people in the world: Those who know binary and those who don't.)
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To: al baby

Thats funny. Because after the election, my liberal friends cut me off. I would think they’d want me around just so they can gloat. But no. It’s like they decided all forms of conservatism must be exterminated. So I got kicked to the curb. Maybe the fact that I am incapable of recognizing obama’s a messianic superior being and I laugh uncontrollably when others do has something to do with it too.


8 posted on 05/03/2009 8:02:25 AM PDT by mamelukesabre (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum (If you want peace prepare for war))
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To: Y2Bogus

That is an idea and I thing I will look into making another doantion along that line. Thank you for your suggestion.
He chided me when Reagan died and lamented about us Conservatives having a two week love fest over his passing.
I pointed out that if Carter or Clinton died I would not begrudge him and his side having a three week love fest. That really silenced him, no comeback remark.


9 posted on 05/03/2009 8:03:27 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Captain Peter Blood

I did, but he became so arrogant and insufferable after the election that I don’t trust myself to go near him.


10 posted on 05/03/2009 8:10:22 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Condolences to you for your loss but I would never call a liberal a friend. I have a family member who I use to be close to who is now dead to me. She can cling to her 9/11 Truther moonbat beliefs if she wants but she’ll do it without her brother in her life.


11 posted on 05/03/2009 8:14:04 AM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support The American Tea Party)
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To: mamelukesabre
“...my liberal friends cut me off. “

Unfortunately, they weren't really friends at all.

I have this problem with people who tell me, “I know it will hurt you, but we need ( ‘fill in the blank with liberal cause’). What I'm hearing in that circumstance is that they care more about ‘winning’ and sticking it to others than they do about fairness, or certainly me. Kind of inconsistent with the ‘liberal’ badges of ‘tolerance’ and ‘compassion’. In truth, with all due respect to the kindhearted liberal friend that is the focus of this thread, I have consistently found most (not all) liberals to be the least compassionate people I've encountered in life.

12 posted on 05/03/2009 8:14:18 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Captain Peter Blood
It is ironic that while the Left is always preaching "tolerance", they are the ones who practice it least. Not only will most left-wingers have nothing to do with anybody who does not fall in lockstep with their views, but they adopt a sheer hatred for those people that approaches the level of hatred that Adolph Hitler had for the Jews. Considering how quick they are to silence conservatives when they get the opportunity (such as getting talk show hosts fired), if they had the opportunity to line us up against a wall and shoot us, they'd do it in a heartbeat. In their warped minds, we should be dead for having our beliefs.

When Ronald Reagan died a few years ago, I saw a couple of liberals at work high-five each other and the joy on their faces must have been the same that the Nazis had when they herded those people into the gas chambers.

It is conservatives who truly practice tolerance and a respect for other opinions.

13 posted on 05/03/2009 8:14:23 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 17 days from outliving Andre the Giant)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

I do, and some no longer “associate” with me, but I love them dearly in spite of their political near-sightedness (history has taught them NOTHING!) and I’m sorry for your loss. I totally understand.


14 posted on 05/03/2009 8:14:32 AM PDT by MonicaG (Thank you to our military & veterans, with love & gratitude. XOXOXO)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

I can’t imagine having as a “friend” somebody who is so rude and selfish that he would stroll into the polling place on election day and vote for big government to confiscate more money from his neighbors. I admit, I do have acquaintances like that, but that’s as far as they’ll ever get with me.

FRegards,
LH


15 posted on 05/03/2009 8:15:48 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Captain Peter Blood
Sorry for the loss of your friend. Yes, I do have a similar friend. Her husband was my health teacher, she is a special ed teacher. I have co-treated with several times. She is not only liberal but an atheist to boot. Obviously, we NEVER talk politics or God. She is the warmest, most caring albeit misguided person I know. She hits all the garage sales buying up clothes & household goods for some of the low income families she works with. Once we were returning from one of these expeditions when we had a near miss with another car & she said “If I believed in God I would be praying thanks right about now” I told her not to worry as I included her in my prayer.
16 posted on 05/03/2009 8:17:38 AM PDT by moodymare
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To: mamelukesabre

I know my sister voted for the one we don’t talk politics i love her dearly but she is just so stuid she also has worked in a college for the last 25 years


17 posted on 05/03/2009 8:18:13 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

I love your sense of humor......I would have done the same thing.....


18 posted on 05/03/2009 8:21:21 AM PDT by Kimmers (Be the kind of person when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says, Oh crap, she's awake)
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To: DogBarkTree

Considering the time he took going by to see my Father and helping him through a very difficult time I think I would rather take the High Road here and not go the other way.

Even though Liberals show Conservatives no tolerance and are for the most part very disjointed all you can do is pray for them even being as misguidedas they are.


19 posted on 05/03/2009 8:24:16 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Captain Peter Blood

I have a friend who is like that too, to the point of being irrational. Only hears what he wants to hear. Obama could say he wants to blow off the head of every American and my friend would twist it to mean what he wants it to mean. Of course, he listens to Olbermann, which explains a lot.


20 posted on 05/03/2009 8:26:40 AM PDT by floridavoter2
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Left-wing political “beliefs” are all “attitude”.
And most of the people who hold those beliefs are
prime cases of arrested development.
The never talk about their experience, but are always
ready to defer to someone else’s experience, as the justification for honoring all the conceit-beliefs they have. They externalize their own paltry selves for the good
of the “collective”, while at the same time glorying in their righteousness and open mindedness for having these
theoretical and abstract ‘ideas’ in the first place.
I have a hard time even talking to these types at all any
more, since my political arguments BEGIN AT A POINT THEIRS NEVER GET TO.


21 posted on 05/03/2009 8:28:38 AM PDT by supremedoctrine (The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity---Yeats)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

“I would imagine many of you out there have a similar friend.”

I had many such friends. Interestingly, now that their incomes are threatened, Liberalism seems to have lost its fascination for some of them.

The rest are being replaced with different, non-Liberal friends.

I’m not Jesus, therefore don’t have eternity, and thus won’t suffer fools willingly.


22 posted on 05/03/2009 9:06:37 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Lancey Howard
"I can’t imagine having as a “friend” somebody who is so rude and selfish that he would stroll into the polling place on election day and vote for big government to confiscate more money from his neighbors. I admit, I do have acquaintances like that, but that’s as far as they’ll ever get with me."

I agree, Lancey.

My people, all of 'em, are dead; so, the only family I had was on my wife's side.
That is over, will never lay eyes on any of them as long as I remain alive.
Has put a stress on my wife & my 32 year marriage, but, she understands and agrees with my POV.

None of 'em probably ever get it; but, they'll also never be able to say they'd never met a man who lived what he believed, either.

23 posted on 05/03/2009 9:16:10 AM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Amnesty Int, though Left-leaning, has made efforts to help prisoners of conscience in Leftist countries.


24 posted on 05/03/2009 9:17:50 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: supremedoctrine

Brilliant!! Thank you


25 posted on 05/03/2009 9:20:09 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: GladesGuru

I don’t associate or have friends who are Nazis, Communists, pro-abortionists, or are members of the Ku Klux Klan. I am sure the vast majority of Nazi party members who were sincere in their membership did not exterminate Jews, Christians, homosexuals, or gypsies. However, they were still morally reprehensible.


26 posted on 05/03/2009 9:20:16 AM PDT by rcofdayton
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To: Captain Peter Blood

I’m sorry for your loss. May God grant you comfort now and in the coming weeks.


27 posted on 05/03/2009 9:32:17 AM PDT by BenLurkin (It's all about LIBERTY.)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Friendship transcends belief-systems. Luck and godspeed to you.


28 posted on 05/03/2009 9:33:42 AM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: Y2Bogus

I did some research and decided to make a donation to the Cleveland Clinic where I know they do outstanding research on Heart Disease. They helped pioneer heart bypass surgery and my Father had a cousin that had an early by pass procedure there back in 1967 that gave him another 20 plus years and he happened to be a doctor, last guy in my hometown who made house calls before they fell out of favor.


29 posted on 05/03/2009 9:41:16 AM PDT by Captain Peter Blood
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To: Lazamataz
Friendship transcends belief-systems.

Not for me. If I don't share the same core values with someone, there is no way I can be friends with them.

30 posted on 05/03/2009 10:56:52 AM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

RIP.


31 posted on 05/03/2009 11:24:42 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Captain Peter Blood

And to be memorialized on Free Republic! Ha! I imagine Roy would have gotten a kick out of that, too.

Politics aside (as they should be occasionally) Roy was indeed a jewel. He had a big heart, a huge brain, and an incredibly keen sense of humor. I still remember his early morning local radio show from years ago, “It’s My Nickel”.....what a hoot!

Don’t let the other responses get you down, Captain. Roy will indeed be missed by those who actually knew him.


32 posted on 05/03/2009 11:27:10 AM PDT by freedox
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To: Captain Peter Blood
Prayers for Roy, and I'm sorry for your loss.

I have a lot of friends who have about any political stripe you can think of. I find it beneficial to my world view and life experience. I sort of like being around people who disagree with me.
33 posted on 05/03/2009 11:30:09 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: teenyelliott
If I don't share the same core values with someone, there is no way I can be friends with them.

Give it a shot. You might be surprised.
34 posted on 05/03/2009 11:31:06 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: teenyelliott

I agree with you. Life’s too short to waste it on people who don’t share the same values you do. I have enough stress dealing with relatives. Why would I want to spend my time with people who want to steal my money and ruin my country.


35 posted on 05/03/2009 11:35:03 AM PDT by beandog
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To: Captain Peter Blood

Yes, we do. We have one couple, husband and wife, who stood by us when we were going through a period in our lives to horrible to even recall. Politics aside, we love them and would help them in any way we could if they needed us.


36 posted on 05/03/2009 11:39:26 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: mysterio
I have. That is how I know it doesn't work.
37 posted on 05/03/2009 12:01:39 PM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: beandog
Why would I want to spend my time with people who want to steal my money and ruin my country.

Exactly.

38 posted on 05/03/2009 12:03:07 PM PDT by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: Captain Peter Blood
My friend was also about as Left-Wing as you could get...

"Left-wing as you could get" is not exactly 'liberal'. Close, but even more extreme. Someone on the far left is also well aware of what they're doing, as opposed to the typical dopey naive liberal who is constantly manipulated by the far left.

39 posted on 05/03/2009 12:09:19 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: mamelukesabre

Maybe your liberal friends are having second thoughts about their choice last November and don’t want to talk about it

I don’t hear much from my favorite liberal lately either.

The last few conversations consisted of remarks from him like, “well, that was disappointing” or “I can’t afford to pay any new taxes” or “my 401 is in the toilet”....no word from him on the fly-over in NY, his home state.


40 posted on 05/03/2009 12:22:51 PM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve)
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To: teenyelliott

I don’t know, different strokes for different folks, I guess. For myself, I don’t find it very stimulating to surround myself with people who only act as an echo chamber for my own views. I find having to defend my beliefs to others shapes them and makes my logic sharper. And conversely, I know which friends of mine it’s better to not discuss politics with. There are many facets to life, politics being one facet.


41 posted on 05/03/2009 12:25:06 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Captain Peter Blood

I have a few friends who could be described as liberal, but I tend to more political on the internet than I am in real life. I rarely discuss politics or religion with friends, regardless of their stance. That said, I’m not very close to any one who is rabidly liberal. My left-leaning friends are mainly so because of their upbringing; the son of a Democratic state rep, a daughter of a union president, my black friends, ect.


42 posted on 05/03/2009 1:11:46 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Welsh Rabbit

A few years ago, I did stop talking to a friend who became a Truther weirdo, but there were also other issues.


43 posted on 05/03/2009 1:25:52 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Captain Peter Blood

You are a better man than I and why I could never be a good Christian. I just dont see me being able to pray for my enemy. Most libs would look the other way or approve of people like me being thrown into a mass grave.


44 posted on 05/03/2009 4:02:11 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (Support The American Tea Party)
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