Politicians are some of the most hated people on the planet. However, the way to become almost universally admired as a politician is to be assassinated. It’s tragic but true. Think of Abraham Lincoln. His name is revered by most. Or JFK. Or think of Dr. Martin Luther King. Their demise lifts them about the fray of the average celebrity. In fact, death lifts the most rotten of husbands, the most corrupt politicians, and general the nastiest people into the most moral of people. It is very common of the living say of the dead “He was a good man.” Why do we do that? Why are people spoken of differently in life than they are in death. It may be more than just a respect for the dead. It may come from a sense of self-justification.