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The Vile Stench Still Emanating From The Kennedy Klan

22 July 2019 @ 15:56

As Mark Steyn points out in a brilliant post [Speaking Ill of the Ted] that mixes his old with new commentary:

…But 1969’s giant leap for mankind coincided with one almighty flying leap for a very different kind of man: with his usual exquisite timing, Senator Edward Kennedy chose the day before Messrs Armstrong, Collins and Aldrin reached the Sea of Tranquility to drive Mary Jo Kopechne into a pond of tranquility, at least until he came flying off that bridge. And, by the time America was paying attention, Teddy had been fitted with his neck brace and the minders had everything under control.

Mark understands the Vile Stench that emanates from the whole Kennedy Klan.

As he wrote several years ago on the death of ‘Ted The Lion’:

…When Kennedy cheerleaders do get around to mentioning [Miss Kopechne], it’s usually to add insult to fatal injury. As Teddy’s biographer Adam Clymer wrote, Edward Kennedy’s “achievements as a senator have towered over his time, changing the lives of far more Americans than remember the name Mary Jo Kopechne.”

You can’t make an omelet without breaking chicks, right? I don’t know how many lives the senator changed – he certainly changed Mary Jo’s – but you’re struck less by the precise arithmetic than by the basic equation: How many changed lives justify leaving a human being struggling for breath for up to five hours pressed up against the window in a small, shrinking air pocket in Teddy’s Oldsmobile? If the senator had managed to change the lives of even more Americans, would it have been OK to leave a couple more broads down there? Hey, why not? At The Huffington Post, Melissa Lafsky mused on what Mary Jo “would have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history. Who knows – maybe she’d feel it was worth it.” What true-believing liberal lass wouldn’t be honored to be dispatched by such a death panel?

We are all flawed, and most of us are weak, and in hellish moments, at a split-second’s notice, confronting the choice that will define us ever after, many of us will fail the test. Perhaps Mary Jo could have been saved; perhaps she would have died anyway. What is true is that Edward Kennedy made her death a certainty. When a man (if you’ll forgive the expression) confronts the truth of what he has done, what does honor require?….

Certainly not what Teddy and his arse-lickers did for the rest of his career.

More Mark:

Ted Kennedy went a different route. He got kitted out with a neck brace and went on TV and announced the invention of the “Kennedy curse,” a concept that yoked him to his murdered brothers as a fellow victim – and not, as Mary Jo perhaps realized in those final hours, the perpetrator. He dared us to call his bluff, and, when we didn’t, he made all of us complicit in what he’d done. We are all prey to human frailty, but few of us get to inflict ours on an entire nation.

That we let him get away with it, especially the people of Massachusetts, speaks to the Depravity that was even present in the 1970’s.  As Mark puts it:

…The senator’s actions in the hours and days after emerging from that pond tell us something ugly about Kennedy the man. That he got away with it tells us something ugly about American public life.

If there ever was a question that Kennedy was an Honorable Man in even a scintilla of his Soul, this most certainly confirmed that he wasn’t:

…one of Ted’s “favorite topics of humor was, indeed, Chappaquiddick itself. He would ask people, ‘Have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?'”

But Teddy wasn’t through providing his unique kind of ‘noble service’ to this nation:

…Considering the nomination of Judge Bork, Ted Kennedy rose on the Senate floor and announced that “Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit down at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution.”

Whoa! “Liberals” (in the debased contemporary American sense of the term) would have reason to find Borkian jurisprudence uncongenial but to suggest the judge and former solicitor-general favored resegregation of lunch counters is a slander not merely vile but so preposterous that, like his explanation for Chappaquiddick, only a Kennedy could get away with it. If you had to identify a single speech that marked “the end of civility” in American politics, that’s a shoo-in. And in fact setting a new moral standard in which a drunken adulterer’s appetites can cause a woman’s death and he pays no price is also an end to civility.

If a towering giant cares so much about humanity in general, why get hung up on his carelessness with humans in particular? For Kennedy’s comrades, the cost was worth it….

Do please take the time to read the whole of Mark’s column here.

In microcosm, ‘The Lion Of The Senate’ was a perfect example of a Leftist:

  1. Caring about a cause more than what it’s effects are on Human Beings;
  2. Caring about groups rather than Individuals;
  3. Willing to tear down people by any means necessary who refuse to tow The Party Line; and
  4. Willing to Sacrifice anything to gain Power And Control.

Ted Kennedy was a Monster.  His supporters were and are Enablers of the worst kind.

Goddamn them all.

  1. 22 July 2019 @ 17:55 17:55

    Power. It was all about power and status for that family. Dad had the money, and the kids were supposed to make it respectable. Teddy took the glamour off of it by living so long in the limelight.

    For what it’s worth, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr was the best member of that crew; he died in an explosion in an old bomber crammed full of explosives.

  2. bob sykes permalink
    23 July 2019 @ 07:54 07:54

    I’m going to dissent. Ted Kennedy was vile beyond description and corrupt in every possible way. He even betrayed the US. His father Joe was a piece of work. He got his wealth legally on the stock market, but his practices were later made illegal. And he cheated on Rose.

    But that family gave the lives of three sons to this country, and those men served us/US bravely and loyally. There is probably not a single reader of this blog whose family made such a sacrifice.

    So, please use some judgement.

  3. corsair red permalink
    23 July 2019 @ 09:03 09:03

    Of this blog, maybe not. But in this country, there certainly are other families, and the survivors in the those families did not act so despicably as the Kennedys. The Kennedys, especially Ted, deserve all the abuse that can be heaped on them.

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