No Second Thoughts on Kennedy

I saw some of the memorial service for Edward Kennedy in Boston on TV last night, including all of Sen. Dodd’s warm eulogy for his close friend. Obviously Kennedy had good qualities in his personal relationships, was thoughtful and generous. He was not literally some walking burned out case as I characterized him earlier. But the positive traits he showed in his personal relationships don’t matter to me. What matters to me is the Kennedy I listened to on the radio in October 1987 brutalizing Robert Bork at the Senate Judiciary Committee—Bork, the most capacious and impressive mind I had ever heard on the subject of the U.S. Constitution. I felt that day that Kennedy was a thug, a bruiser who beats up people in alleyways, and any personal liking or sympathy I still had for him—a long-dimmed but not extinct vestige of the Kennedy saga—decisively ended at that moment. I never had a single positive thought about him again. And that doesn’t change now. So let his friends and family—who knew his warm and witty side—mourn him and celebrate his life. I’m not interested in his good, private side; that’s not my business or my concern. As far as I’m concerned, he was a bullying leftist whose life was dedicated to turning America into a socialist, Third-World country.

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Also check out Kennedy’s secret approach to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov in 1983, the apparent aim of which was to establish a quid pro quo with the USSR to help defeat President Reagan in the 1984 election.

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Terry Morris writes:

You’re a better man than I am. I think this guy, Ted Kennedy, was the most outrageous political figure this country has ever seen. But beyond that, the people that elected and empowered him, over and over and over again, deserve to be labeled as exactly what they are—unAmerican!

Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 29, 2009 11:34 AM | Send

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