mikeandgerry wrote:That "unfortunate death", as you so forgivingly put it, revealed Teddy's true character and the propensity of his family to abuse power flagrantly. With all that abused power, how can we ever say that we can be certain all those laws you cite were the will of the people and not just the whim of the Kennedy's?
Ted was an Amercian tragedy on three levels: MaryJo Kopechne did not receive justice on an individual basis, an institution the Kennedy's claim to champion. The corruption of Massachussetts politics enabled this criminal to attain high office, a travesty to our constitutional republic. The power of family wealth that was derived from criminal activity triumphed over the Constitution.
He represented all that we should reject in American politicians. He was a national embarrassment.
Corrupt politics? No, not corrupt, the guy was a vote magnet. The base of any political power is longevity. You make deals
because people will not throw you under the bus today if they know you will be there tomorrow. You get the votes by helping
real people with real problems, not yelling and screaming some party line. Abuse of power? No, they
USED their power for the greater good, and especially for those less fortunate than themselves. Wealth from crime? No,
wealth from being smart. They did not boot leg, they bought distribution rights during prohibition, when they were worthless.
They scored when prohibition was repealed, and continue to do so from those deals. Sounds like pretty basic " buy low, sell high" capitalism.
Reject his politics? No, we should embrace his work ethic, and his ability to GET STUFF DONE. Indignation and anger make a great sound bite, but gets NOTHING done. Hence the current minority position of the republicans. They spit and
cry and accuse, but could not get stuff DONE.
Mary Jo get justice? Can there be justice for and accidental death? No, not in a civilized sense. It could have been
handled better, no doubt. He did not intentionally set out to kill anybody that night. Did he drop the ball after the accident?
Kennedys' will? You do not get re-elected FOREVER if you are not taking care of your people.
National embarrassment? Not by a long shot. Every state, every country, even his political opponents respect this man
and his legacy. On that there is no debate. This man, his family, and their accomplishments are a point of pride for the nation.
Public service is often times a thankless job. How many of us would sacrifice their time, energy, blood, for the greater
good? How many of us could?
May Edward M Kennedy rest in peace, for he has surely earned it.