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Why we will treat Sen Kennedy better

Filed under: Uncategorized — Scott Jacobs @ 12:03 am

Why?  Why – at the least – express sympathy for his family and not list his failings, when his party and those who will attempt to beatify him treated President Reagan and Tony Snow as they did?

It’s simple, really.

Reagan and Snow were good, decent, moral men – men of character and with a deep and abiding faith in God.

They would not – even if they somehow could, having seen their treatment at the hands of the Left – speak ill of the man.

We should treat the late Senator Kennedy as we wish they had been treated, because they would want us to.

I’m not saying we should forever be silent, but its been less than 12 hours.  Give the man and his family at least 24 hours.  Heaven knows this story won’t leave until at least the weekend.  And when we do start to talk about the man and his life without the rose-colored glasses, do it with decency, and with some level of respect.

Ronald and Tony would expect nothing less.


  1. Just because Ted Kennedy is dead I will not speak differently about him. Invoking Tony Snow and Ronald Reagan does nothing to change my thought or comments. The conservatives in this nation have for too long taken the “high road” reaching to such dizzying heights that as a party the GOP has allowed evil to flourish because good men have done nothing in the name of character. I’m not saying that we should run around the blogosphere calling him a dirty rotten SOB, however, I will not mourn for him, I will not give his record or his character quarter just because he is no longer of this mortal earth.

    My opinion of this is simple. A trifecta of men who have caused great harm and evil to come to this nation have died recently: Robert McNamara, Walter Cronkite and now Ted Kennedy. Their actions, both public and private, have, perhaps forever, changed the face of this nation for the worse. We will long live with the evil they wrought for their own ends and their own arrogance. No, I do not mourn the death of Ted Kennedy. I do not mourn him for causing the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. I do not mourn him for forcing through the immigration legislation that created “anchor babies”, fast tracked the immigration of relatives from nations hostile to the very foundations of this nation, gives free health care to illegals, stymied the building of a southern border fence, extended numerous social welfare benefits to illegals, attempted to give them social security although they had not paid into the system and caused amnesty instead of enforcement. I do not mourn him for his rabid erosion of Americans’ second amendment rights. I do not mourn him for colluding with the Soviet Union to undermine Ronald Reagan. I do not mourn him for his womanizing and well worn record of what now is called sexual harassment. I do not mourn him for pushing incessantly for nationalized healthcare. I do not mourn him for being instrumental in nationalizing education to the detriment of every publicly educated child to follow. I do not mourn him for his naked hypocrisy in innumerable matters from taxation (creating loopholes for the numerous Kennedy trusts while pushing for confiscatory taxes on those of us who go to work for our sustenance), to green technology (NIMBY as to wind farms or potentially damaging the historic nature of his homes by energy efficiency and green technology modifications).

    So while I see no benefit in name calling or mindlessly demonizing, I will not take one moment of my life to mourn this man. I will give no moment of rest in fighting the evil and destruction he has brought to this nation in such myriad matters that negatively impact the lives of every American, the constitutional unpinning of this nation and the very future of the republic.

    Comment by deepdiver — 8/26/2009 @ 5:40 am

  2. As a cancer survivor, I sympathize with what Kennedy must have gone through in the final days. I watched my dad deal with cancer twice, the second time it killed him.

    Peace to his family and let God bring them solace from their grief.

    Comment by GM Roper — 8/26/2009 @ 6:36 am

  3. I did not need either Ronald Reagan or Tony Snow to teach me how to talk about the dead. Not Patterico or DRJ, either, and not you, Scott. My parents did that.

    So, do you use STP gas treatment or Heet in your snowblower and lawn-mower?

    Comment by nk — 8/26/2009 @ 8:05 am

  4. Perhaps. But I think that on some very right-wing sites things are being said that are just as mean. The internet is a big place and every opinion is expressed somewhere.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 8/26/2009 @ 8:16 am

  5. Comment by nk — 8/26/2009 @ 8:05 am

    It wasn’t directed at you, NK. There are a lot of others, however, I would have thought capable of doing better that are showing me how wrong I can be, however…

    And no. No STP stuff in the oil or gas…

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 8/26/2009 @ 8:16 am

    I know…

    I just wish we could get a bit more decency all the way around.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 8/26/2009 @ 8:57 am

  6. I agree completely with comment #1.

    Very well said

    Comment by JayC — 8/26/2009 @ 9:33 am

  7. In game-theory study of the Prisoner’s Dilemma, tit-for-tat is the first part of any workable strategy. Those who act without morals must receive actions against them undertaken without morals to understand what they themselves are doing.

    Call them what you will, leftists, democrats, radicals, whatever; but they are not acting with decency and should receive their own punishment in full measure until they learn. (It might help to explain that to them clearly and set out options for them to redeem themselves, like public apologies.)

    In a more interesting bit, I have some friends who work at a wildlife rehabilitation center with big cats, small cats, and a variety of other intelligent critters and they understand tit-for-tat very well.

    Comment by luagha — 8/26/2009 @ 9:40 am

  8. The right will never be as gauche as the left as in these Liberal atrocities:

    Comment by PCD — 8/26/2009 @ 10:45 am

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