We lost a giant of an American on Thursday with the passing of conservative and outspoken political commentator Charles Krauthammer.
Despite a swimming-pool accident at age 22 that severed his spinal cord and paralyzed him from the chest down, Krauthammer graduated from Harvard medical school and completed a three-year residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston – all the while confined to a wheelchair, as he would be for the rest of his life.
He left the Democratic party sometime in the late 1980s to ally with the Republicans. But political affiliations didn’t matter to him. If you expressed some boneheaded ideas, or if you took the stupid side in an initiative, Krauthammer would call you out, no matter which side of the aisle on which you might be parking your carcass.
He wrote speeches, and he was the scourge of snowflakes and tyrants everywhere.
He won a Pulitzer in 1987 for his columns published in The Washington Post.
He kept his wife and son at the top of his priority list.
He had a wry and dry sense of humor that he shared often.
He enjoyed watching baseball games, especially those involving the Washington Nationals.
He loved playing chess.
And Krauthammer was a published author several-times-over.
If you want to know how and what motivated Charles Krauthammer, just read a copy of his book, “Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics.” It’s one of the best non-fiction books you’ll ever absorb. But don’t take my word for it. In 2013, when it hit the book shelves, “Things That Matter” was the No. 1 tome for 10 weeks out of the 40 that it stayed on The New York Times bestseller list.
This is one guy who might be gone, but Krauthammer will not be forgotten for a long, long time.
Charles, we hardly knew ye. God bless and keep you!