I’ve been trying to keep this space as non-political as possible. Sometimes, however, you read the news with a smile. I was content to let the obituary notification for Henry Kissinger go, visit ishenrykissingerdead one last time, and move on with life. This morning, however, the first thing I read was about some shit South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said.

“It’s a sad day for us because he was a leader that led through challenging times, and I hope that everyone’s reaction to his passing is to go learn a little bit more about him that you didn’t know before. Around your dinner table, or when you’re driving in the car with your kids, tell them a few Kissinger quotes that were used at strategic times. Give them a little bit of history, because if we forget what happened in the past, we’re doomed to repeat it, and many times throughout history the United States of America went through dark times and leaders like Kissinger stood up and they took action and they provided leadership when we needed it the most.” – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem

So, Kristi, here are some Kissinger quotes:

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.

Power is the great aphrodisiac.

I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its own people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.

Here’s one of my favorite quotes about Kissinger.

The full quote is much better:

Once you’ve been to Cambodia, you’ll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia – the fruits of his genius for statesmanship – and you will never understand why he’s not sitting in the dock at The Hague next to Milošević.

It’s a shame hell doesn’t exist. This article sums up what the world is thinking right now. I say let them celebrate.