Tamara Keith tweeted this afternoon-
Senate Chaplain Barry Black opens the impeachment trial this morning with a reminder of the frailty of life as brought home by the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash. And he finishes by wishing Chief Justice John Roberts a happy birthday.
And it’s true. But he didn’t mention anyone else who died in the tragic accident, reinforcing once again (although it needn’t be reinforced) the notion that in America, unless you are famous, you don’t matter. Your life doesn’t matter. Your death doesn’t matter. And you don’t matter. You can literally die in a seat next to an athlete, entertainer, or tv personality and while that famous soul will be widely and wildly lamented, you will yourself not even be mentioned, sorrowed for, or remembered.
Fame is the god America worships. And that’s the only god it cares for.