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In memory: Ted Kennedy – one less liberal democrat

OK, so Teddy is now compost. We got the news, so now the news channels and talk radio can stop eulogizing him as if he were some sort of saint. Lets face it folks, this guy started out his career by using his wealth, social status, and families political connections to get away with murder (or at the very least manslaughter).  He’s a notorious drunk, womanizer, and pretty much demonstrated the ethics that we’ve come to expect from politicians – both democratic and republican.

We can all pretend that all the “good work he did” for all of the “powerless minorities” makes up for the fact that the was basically a sleazeball, but if we simply take a look at the attitudes portrayed in that simple justification for his life, we can find the real meaning. Lets see: “powerless minorities” in Kennedy-speak means anyone that isn’t worth a few bazillion bucks, and doesn’t have the political connections to ignore the law, then buy or barter away the penalties associated with the crime. “Good work” means that he had a  successful career as a politician. If you consider that “good”, you’re reading the wrong blog.

It would be pretty easy to take a walk through any federal prison and find some murderer who was willing to “dedicate his life to helping the poor minorities” in exchange for a free pass for his crimes – especially when the pass includes a lifestyle that only a very small minority of people in the world get to enjoy. So why is Teddy and the rest of the Kennedy clan so special? Dunno. I live in New England, and for a lot of the locals, the Kennedys are pretty much akin to some sort of diety, and can do no wrong. As has been demonstrated by repeated escapes from charges of drunken driving, rape, assault, and a slew of other crimes that would put any non-deity behind bars for a long time.

O.K., so its always a drag when someone bites it (well, almost always anyway), but enough with the friggin’ saint kennedy crap. He was a normal person at best, at worst a murder sleazebag that spent his life avoiding the results of his debauchery. We’ve said it, we’ve heard it, now shut the hell up and move on.


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