A voice of civil debate

Published 8:30 am Wednesday, June 13, 2018

On Friday, longtime conservative commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer announced that he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and had only “a few weeks to live.”

Krauthammer, who was a regular on FOX News and was published by the Washington Post, penned a farewell statement.

“I leave this life with no regrets,” he said. “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.”

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Krauthammer’s piece was met with tributes from the political spectrum.

“Charles wrote for the right reasons,” The Post wrote in an editorial. “Lord knows — and presidents, from right to left, can attest — he didn’t seek invitations to White House dinners or other badges of approval from the powerful.”

Whether one disagreed with Krauthammer’s stances, it was easy to respect him for his integrity and intellectual honesty.

In an era when political commentary, especially on cable news, has become dominated by shrill voices, name calling, conspiracy theories and worse, Krauthammer offered a sober, sincere take on the day’s events and did not simply shill for one side. While firmly rooted in his conservative side of the debate, he was still willing to criticize his own party in addition to the opposition.

Reasonable disagreements are becoming a rarity and voices like Krauthammer’s are being left behind be screaming heads and partisan shilling.

“I believe that the pursuit of truth and right ideas through honest debate and rigorous argument is a noble undertaking,” Krauthammer wrote in his farewell statement.

As Krauthammer faces his final days, let us hope his example inspires commentators of all stripes to strive for respectful discourse and debate.