Actor and political activist Ron Silver has passed away at the age of 62 after succumbing to esphogeal cancer. The long time Democratic activist turned Republican following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has sadly passed away at the young age of 62. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Ron Silver. Like so many others, I had no idea he was even sick.
As one who has always enjoyed his acting, I found myself more so respecting his understanding of what happened to America on 9–11 and his convictions to change his mind set and stand behind his country to be an American first and a political affiliation second.
Actor and longtime political activist Ron Silver died this morning, succumbing to a long battle with cancer, friends of the liberal Democrat-turned-GOP stalwart told The Post.
“Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him this morning,” said Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, which Silver helped create.
“He had been fighting esophageal cancer for two years and his family is making arrangements for a private service.”
There are pivotal moments in people’s lives, September 11 was that moment in time for the late Ron Silver. The one time liberal democratic activist changed and adopted a new role when America was attacked that fateful morning of September 11, 2001.
“I think there are September 10 people and there are September 11 people. I’m one of the latter. Everything changed for me. Since then I see everything through the prism of what happened that day,” he says. “For me this election is about one issue and that is the response to 9/11. In that sense I think the president is doing exactly the right thing. If 9/11 hadn’t happened then I’d be firmly in the Democratic camp.”
Ron Silver would later go on and speak at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Michelle Malkin has the full speech; however below is an excerpt we should never forget.
(Click on pic to watch video, H/T: Sister Toldja)
Just over 1,000 days ago, 2,605 of my neighbors were murdered at the World Trade Center — men, women and children — as they began their day on a brilliantly clear New York autumn morning, less than four miles from where I am now standing.
We will never forgive. Never forget. Never excuse!