September of last year (2017) I wrote an article concerning the men and women I consider my heroes (My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys). Of the list of fifteen, only two live today. Soon it will be one.
Today (6/8/2018), Charles Krauthammer announced that he only has weeks to live.
June 8, 2018
I have been uncharacteristically silent these past ten months. I had thought that silence would soon be coming to an end, but I’m afraid I must tell you now that fate has decided on a different course for me.
In August of last year, I underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in my abdomen. That operation was thought to have been a success, but it caused a cascade of secondary complications which I have been fighting in hospital ever since. It was a long and hard fight with many setbacks, but I was steadily, if slowly, overcoming each obstacle along the way and gradually making my way back to health.
However, recent tests have revealed that the cancer has returned. There was no sign of it as recently as a month ago, which means it is aggressive and spreading rapidly. My doctors tell me their best estimate is that I have only a few weeks left to live. This is the final verdict. My fight is over.
I wish to thank my doctors and caregivers, whose efforts have been magnificent. My dear friends, who have given me a lifetime of memories and whose support has sustained me through these difficult months. And all of my partners at The Washington Post, Fox News, and Crown Publishing.
Lastly, I thank my colleagues, my readers, and my viewers, who have made my career possible and given consequence to my life’s work. I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking. I am grateful to have played a small role in the conversations that have helped guide this
extraordinary nation’s destiny.
I leave this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that make it worth living. I am sad to leave, but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.
-- Charles Krauthammer
In my original article, I wrote this about Mr. Krauthammer.
"Charles Krauthammer - Pulitzer Prize winning author, and the best of all political and social commentators (of which there are several I admire). A brilliant mind and writer on a wide range of subjects; he has been a tremendous influence on my conservative (and logical) world view. Here are two examples of general truths Krauthammer helped me to see clearly... 1) "To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil." 2) "Bush Derangement Syndrome: the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency -- nay -- the very existence of George W. Bush."... this paranoia and irrationality has been proven to be easily transferable in the liberal mind in the years that followed." -- TexasLynn, September 2017
It was in the comment section of this post that Ari Silverstein informed me... "Because you put Charles Krauthammer on your list, your list is excellent. I'm not sure if you're aware but he hasn't been on Fox News in several weeks. They say he's recovering from minor surgery but I'm very concerned it's more serious. After all, one doesn't need to recover much to be able to sit in a chair and talk."
Leroy said, "Few people realize that Charles Krauthammer is paralyzed from the neck down. He's an inspiration to anyone who thinks they have had it bad."
Since then, I've waited, and hoped, for the return of health to my hero and his return to commentary. Alas, "fate has decided on a different course" for this great American.
James 4:13-14 (NIV) Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
I would like to thank Dr. Krauthammer for this wonderful letter of goodbye; a message that imparts the honor and dignity of the man; a man who despite the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune... carried on and "lived the life that [he] intended".
God speed, Charles Krauthammer. Thank you, and God speed…