Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Good Die Young: Senator Ted Kennedy Dead at 77

The breaking news of the hour: Senator Ted Kennedy has died of brain cancer at the age of 77.
It would be difficult to imagine an American politician who has done more for evil than Senator Ted Kennedy. His irresponsible behavior that killed Mary Jo Kopechne was the least of his evil deeds. Kennedy was a leader in the Democratic effort to cut off funding to our South Vietnamese allies in 1975, allowing the communists to overrun that country. The result was somewhere in the neighnorhood of 3 million murdered by the victorious reds, in Viet Nam and the killing fields of Cambodia. Kennedy goes to God with their blood on his hands.

Kennedy disgraced himself in other ways as well. One can only recall his slanderous speech that savaged Judge Bork in the confirmation hearings on Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court. Kennedy was a ruthless ideologue, a very hateful man.

I can shed no tears for him. He now stands before the judgement seat of God. I for one would not want to be in his shoes.

Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

Update: This article by British writer Gerald Warner sums up Ted Kennedy pretty well. He writes (hat tip Bob Belvedere):

In Britain, Kennedy will be remembered for his championing of IRA terror, on the same knee-jerk anti-British principles that inspired his father, Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, to support Hitler. Yet Kennedy was awarded an honorary knighthood, just as America gave him its Presidential Medal of Freedom. What for? For being a Kennedy, of course. The Kennedy humbug was incisively deflated by a Republican bumper sticker that memorably claimed: “More people were killed at Chappaquiddick than at Three Mile Island”. Another succinctly said: “No one drowned at Watergate”.

What is it that motivates people in so-called democratic societies to create reverential myths around hollow idols with feet of clay? America is the one country on earth where only the rich are socialists. That East Coast tribe will now indulge in false hero worship and wild hyperbole about a man who, if his surname had been anything other than Kennedy, would have provoked widespread distaste and social ostracism. This time, the liberal elite is burying not just an individual but the political aspirations of a dynasty whose objectives were incompatible with the best interests of America.

Amen, Bro!

Well, as one wag over at Riehl World View said, "At least they won't have to embalm him."

From Theodore's World, a poem:

Here richly, with ridiculous display,
The Politician’s corpse was laid away.
While all of his acquaintance sneered and slanged
I wept : for I had longed to see him hanged.

~~Hillarie Belloc

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