The Curious Case of Charles Krauthammer Incites Debate

Seth McBride’s news analysis on “The Curious Case of Charles Krauthammer” (August 2018) sparked a lively and thoughtful discussion with passionate arguments on all sides. Here are some of the responses.

Thanks for the Full Picture
This was a great story, and I’m glad I learned the full picture of Charles Krauthammer’s life. I always liked him and I sensed a certain dignity and clarity in his mind, although I didn’t always agree with his ideas; now I like him a lot more and I find his example to be quite inspiring for me. I agree with Krauthammer about not wanting a disability to define my life experience or other people’s perception of me. The only thing I would criticize him for is not supporting universal health care and the expansion of disability insurance. I would say that Krauthammer was either elitist because of his wealthy background or he was somewhat a victim of his own persona and his own fear of letting other people see him as being in a wheelchair. Conservatism and self-reliance can be great human values — but human beings are also interdependent and having good health insurance can make a tremendous difference in one’s quality of life. Krauthammer had to toe a certain Republican conservative line, yet he must have known that, had he come from less fortunate circumstances, he would not have had the support he needed to ultimately achieve the kind of success he enjoyed.
James Ainsworth

Cheap Shots
I found the article about Charles Krauthammer to be inaccurate and offensive — that if somebody well-known doesn’t choose to beat the drum of disability issues, they are wrong. Charles lived the life he wanted to live and did not hide from being disabled, but he refused to let that fact define who he was. I posted on the blog under the article as myself:

“Charles did not want to lean on being disabled but rather on his intellect and skills as an author and commentator. He talked in front of many crowds and did not “hide” his disability. His chair was very visible. I knew he was in a chair in 1975 and admired how he led his life. He began as a Democrat and gradually became disenchanted with the p