Ted Kennedy: No Lion Here
By: Guest Authors
By: Greg Halvorson
Oh, itâ€™s just beginning, the sweet saccharine lionization and lauding of Ted Kennedy, the panegyric and praise and, of course, the revisionism. The fawning media will gloss the man over, shout, â€œLiberal lion!â€ But Kennedy was no lion. Mary Jo Kopechne would attest to that. â€œWould,â€ I say, because in1969, on a glorious summerâ€™s eve, she perished in a car driven by Kennedy, who careered to the bottom of a tidal canal. Chalk it up to â€œTed being Ted,â€ but the Senator scooted, notified no one, and at 3:00 a.m. complained to the manager (Hotel, Miss Kopechne?) about too much â€œnoise.â€ Not unusual. I, being married, would also be cranky if Iâ€™d just killed a girl late-at-night not my wifeâ€¦. Expecting child, Joan may have wept. And besides, Jimmy Carterâ€”the same Carter who admitted to â€œlustâ€ in the worst of the worst of all Playboy interviewsâ€”has deemed the man â€œhonest.â€ In 1951, he was kicked out of Harvard, but who took Spanish in the 50s? It was only a test, and the guy he greased to ace it needed dough. If irony is your thing, 14 years later, Kennedy HAILED Spanish, â€œbrowningâ€ America through the Immigration Reform Act. Gracias, El Leon! Who doesnâ€™t love bilingual signs and the crushing onus of entitlement burrs?
Kennedy loved â€œentitlement.â€ In liberal-speak, this means spending money made by someone else to destroy self-reliance and entrench civic pork. Dems hailed Ted, whose double-standard is legend. In 2008, Harvardâ€”yes, THAT Harvardâ€”honored him (try not to howl) with a test-free sheepskin. Cheating, expulsion, and praise of your â€œexampleâ€ is a PERFECT example of liberal elitism. When Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon, Kennedy ordained hubris. Quote: â€œDo we operate under a system of equal justice under the law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?â€
No surprise. As recently as this month, the dying Senator attempted to change a Massachusetts law which he strongly supported when its premise hurt Republicans. Joe Biden, nonetheless, deems him â€œfair and just.â€ But aborting fetuses isnâ€™t just, and philandery isnâ€™t fair. Reconcile Catholicism, abortion and drink, and youâ€™ll compass Camelot and the lore of “waitress sandwiches.” On Kennedy Cape, welfare wins, Santa swims, and they quaff Bloody Marys.
Of the latter, Ted knew a lot.