The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Well he was a Democrat so it was probably in the last few months that it finally hit home.
I've just been going through YouTube, listening to all the Dead Kennedys tracks.
"I Kill Children"
"Too Drunk to Fuck"
"Holiday in Cambodia"
There is always a chance that voters and legislators will take steps that impair freedom and throw dirt into the engine of the economy.
Day in and day out that is possible.
What is also possible is that you and I will do what we can to educate our friends, relatives and perfect strangers as to the benefits of freedom (and responsibility).
What goes around (good education) will come around.
Social Security / Medicare is obviously one possible answer. They will be gone before I get my first check - my kids will know how to shoot and do math so you're not getting 80% of their pay.
The other possibility is a complete economic collapse - too much deficit spending, too much taxes, runaway inflation, market crashes, etc...
Either way, old Ted did more than his share to bring about the coming collapse.
Ted Kennedy was more than a drunken womanizer, he was a traitor.
I mean an open, meet with the Soviet Union, try to undermine the President and the country, should have gone to jail, traitor.
And they’re going to bury him in Arlington.
"I mean an open, meet with the Soviet Union, try to undermine the President and the country, should have gone to jail, traitor."
You mean like Ronald Reagan?
My only hope is that this point of view is broadcast far and wide in America.
Kennedy met with the Soviets to freakin' undermine the U. S.!
Reagan drove Communist Russia into the ground!
How the HELL does that make Reagan a traitor?
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."
United States Constitution, Article III, Section 3, Paragraph 1
You had better have some damn good EVIDENCE for such a bizarre claim. (As opposed to the big fat ZERO you've provided so far.)
"...'Because when you guys are my age, the whole thing is going to fall apart.' "
Rarely are any termites still to be found when the termite spit fails to hold whatever remains.
If your surmise is correct Kevin, a termite general continued gnawing until very near the collapse.
Evidence, shmevidence. C'mon, Ed, he don't need no stinking evidence.
Speaking of which, this just in: Ah, well, go read it for yourself.
Let the denying begin.
Cool link DJ. Cue response #7...the information in that link doesn't fit the blessed narrative.
Wait for it ...
Henry Reardon: "Gentlemen what is your plan for the day after tomorrow?"
Wesley Mouch: "We have to hold still."
Eugene Lawson: "We'll get it right in the long run."
Fred Kinian: "In the long run we'll all be dead."
Henry Reardon: "Come on, you must be counting on something to save you. What is it?"
From Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. I may not have gotten this entirely right and it is a condensation of a much longer conversation. But the point is the Kinean quote. They aren't counting on anything, they are kicking it down the road and hoping they'll be dead before "America's chickens come home to roost."
Regarding Kennedy, I think this summarizes the man quite well.
This gumdrop pushes my hot button:
"In protesting Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, Kennedy thundered, "Is there one system of justice for the average citizen and another system for the high and mighty?" These words, uttered five years after Chappaquiddick, are ubiquitous on conservative websites where they are offered up as evidence, not only of Kennedy's hypocrisy, but the mainstream media's as well."
That is how I remember him: A first-magnitude hypocrite.
Hell, considering what Kennedy thought a good society/govt to be, if THAT all falls apart it is just as likely to be a very good thing.
Whodathunkit, Ted saying something that actually brightens my day!
And not of the Obamessiah variety.
" Then, writes Mr. Lawford, Teddy "took a long, slow gulp of his vodka and tonic, thought for a moment, and changed tack. 'I'm glad I'm not going to be around when you guys are my age.' I asked him why, and he said, 'Because when you guys are my age, the whole thing is going to fall apart.' ""
Bullshit. These are the booze-addled maudlin ramblings of an egotistical megalomaniac late middle-aged adolescent struggling against the moment of clarity that he, too is mortal.
To such a mentality, there's NO WAY that the world could be kept together without his direct and active participation.
The fact is that the world can muddle along without Ted Kennedy in the Senate, or any one of us in our accustomed positions, quite well.
In fact, we might just be all the better for it.
I would have thought Peggy Noonan knew more drunks than that, or esle she was trying to grind some axe.
The only benefit this man ever did for our nation or our commonwealth was through his failures.
He finally went the way of all flesh, (despite top-notch federally funded health-care for his wealthy carcass, which WE will not enjoy so lavishly under the plans he favored)...so color me "ambivalent".
Or it could just be a reflection of the simple truth that socialism invariably eats itself. You can't keep robbing Peter to pay Paul, because Peter will run out of money, where as there are always enough Pauls around demanding more free bread and circuses.
Once Paul realized that he could just get Peter's (read: YOUR) money by voting for his congresscritter to give it to him, it was downhill from there.
juris imprudent, thank you for seeing the silver lining!
Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!
Is it just me, or did Kevin just get Comment Spam?
And from the UK! Maybe it was something Teddy did, like funding the IRA.
Let's call a spade a spade, shall we?
"At some point, a decent respect for truth requires that we stop pretending chicken manure is chicken salad. If honest and intelligent people cannot summon the courage to call a lie a lie, who is really to blame when lesser minds are deceived by the dishonest?"
Thanks for that link, DJ.
This doesn't surprise me. The lede:
" In a posthumous memoir, Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy writes of fear and remorse surrounding the fateful events on Chappaquiddick Island in 1969, when his car accident left a woman dead, and says he accepted the finding that a lone gunman assassinated his brother President John F. Kennedy.
"The memoir, "True Compass," is to be published Sept. 14 by Twelve, a division of the Hachette book group. The 532-page book was obtained early by The New York Times.
"In it, Kennedy says his actions on Chappaquiddick on July 18, 1969, were "inexcusable." He says he was afraid and "made terrible decisions" and had to live with the guilt for more than four decades."
He felt remorse, by golly. He had to live with guilt for more than four decades.
But he wasn't man enough while he was alive to admit that what he did was wrong.