Skip to comments.The Real Ted Kennedy
Posted on 08/27/2009 7:21:21 AM PDT by Howard Morrison
As soon as his cancer was detected, there was the immediate attempt at the "canonization" of old Teddy Kennedy by the mainstream media. They are saying what a "great American" he is. Let's get a few things clear and not twist the facts to change history.
1. He was caught cheating at Harvard when he attended it. He was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a classmate to cheat for him.
2. While expelled, Kennedy enlisted in the Army, but mistakenly signed up for four years instead of two. Oops! The man can't count to four! His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, former U.S. Ambassador to England (a step up from bootlegging liquor into the US from Canada during prohibition), pulled the necessary strings to have his enlistment shortened to two years, and to ensure that he served in Europe, not Korea , where a war was raging. No preferential treatment for him! (like he charged that President Bush received).
3. Kennedy was assigned to Paris, never advanced beyond the rank of Private, and returned to Harvard upon being discharged. Imagine a person of his "education" NEVER advancing past the rank of Private!
4. While attending law school at the University of Virginia, he was cited for reckless driving four times, including once when he was clocked driving 90 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood with his headlights off after dark. Yet his Virginia driver's license was never revoked. Coincidentally, he passed the bar exam in 1959. Amazing!
5. In 1964, he was seriously injured in a plane crash and hospitalized for several months. Test results done by the hospital at the time he was admitted had shown he was legally intoxicated. The results of those tests remained a "state secret" until in the 1980's when the report was unsealed. Didn't hear about that from the unbiased media, did we?
6. On July 19, 1969, Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts. At about 11:00 PM, he borrowed his chauffeur's keys to his Oldsmobile limousine and offered to give a ride home to Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker. Leaving the island via an unlit bridge with no guard rail, Kennedy steered the car off the bridge, flipped, and into Poucha Pond.
7. He swam to shore and walked back to the party passing several houses and a fire station. Two friends then returned with him to the scene of the accident. According to their later testimony, they told him what he already knew - that he was required by law to immediately report the accident to the authorities. Instead, Kennedy made his way to his hotel, called his lawyer, and went to sleep. Kennedy called the police the next morning and by then the wreck had already been discovered. Before dying, Kopechne had scratched at the upholstered floor above her head in the upside-down car. The Kennedy family began "calling in favors", ensuring that any inquiry would be contained. Her corpse was whisked out-of-state to her family before an autopsy could be conducted. Further details are uncertain, but after the accident, Kennedy says he repeatedly dove under the water trying to rescue Kopechne and he didn't call police because he was in a state of shock. It is widely assumed Kennedy was drunk, and he held off calling police in hopes that his family could fix the problem overnight. Since the accident, Kennedy's "political enemies" have referred to him as the distinguished Senator from Chappaquiddick. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and was given a SUSPENDED SENTENCE OF TWO MONTHS.
Kopechne's family received a small payout from the Kennedy's insurance policy and never sued. There was later an effort to have her body exhumed and autopsied, but her family successfully fought against this in court, and Kennedy's family paid their attorney's bills.... a "token of friendship"?
8. Kennedy has held his Senate seat for more than forty years, but considering his longevity, his accomplishments seem scant. He authored or argued for legislation that ensured a variety of civil rights, increased the minimum wage in 1981, made access to health care easier for the indigent, funded Meals on Wheels for fixed-income seniors, and is widely held as the "standard-bearer for liberalism". In his very first Senate role, he was the floor manager for the bill that turned U.S. immigration policy upside down and opened the floodgate for immigrants from third world countries.
9. Since that time, he has been the prime instigator and author of every expansion of an increase in immigration up to and including the latest attempt to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Not to mention the pious grilling he gave the last two Supreme Court nominees, as if he was the standard-bearer for the nation in matters of "what is right" How Pompous!!
10 . He is known around Washington as a public drunk, loud, boisterous, and very disrespectful to ladies. JERK is a better description than "great American" is. "A blonde in every pond" is his motto.
Let's not allow the spin-doctors to make this jerk a hero -- how quickly the American public forgets what his real legacy is.
Send this on, as a LOT of the younger people don't have a clue about all of this, and us older ones tend to forget things that happened so many years ago.
His treasonous collaboration with the Soviet Union in an attempt to undermine US foreign policy during the Reagan administration needs to be mentioned as well.
The man was a low-life.
He was a true democrat leader of errors that is.
We all know about the many public displays of ignorance. Can you even imagine whats been successfully covered up over the years?
His deification is sickening.
Signing up for the longer enlistment was not a mistake. You didn’t sign up for two years back then, you volunteered for the draft. By enlisting he had more options for REMF duty, which his family money and connections guaranteed for him.
I think not.
And that's a higher rank than Dick Cheney ever attained. Obviously the mainstream media is going overboard with the Kennedy coverage, but I'm uncomfortable with attacking any American's military service. It only makes conservatives look hysterical and petty. Sometimes a dignified silence is response to a public figure's death is the best course.
He really didn’t accomplish anything of importance, all else aside. A POS.
the nicest thing I can say about Teddy is that I hope he made his peace with God before his death.
his life’s work consists of destruction........no amount of liberal bills spending our money can redeem him from a life of promoting the death of untold babies and leaving Mary Jo to die. His drunken life is a testament to how soberly he took that task.
it is all very sad....and pathetic.
My parents taught me “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Let’s have a moment of silence for the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.
He can now personally apologize to Mary Jo.
To leave the island from the party Kennedy needed to catch the ferry to the larger island before midnight and he could have avoided the death bridge altogether. Apparently his real intention was visiting the beach on the open ocean side.
I have no respect for this former loud mouth liberal in life or death. It is what it is. He was a typical RAT. And those conservatives that goes along with his “canonization” is equally a sad American.
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. The father was a nazi sympathiser.
Text of KGB Letter on Senator Ted Kennedy
Ted Kennedy was a ‘collaborationist’
Ted Kennedy is “shovel ready”.
PFC (E-3). Not unreasonable for a 2 year stint. If he had gone any further, we'd say it was because of his father's influence.
“The man was a low-life.”
Such a thing to say about the beacon of our elite ruling class! I’m truly shocked! Now go turn on PBS and watch the 24/7 drool fest.
However, this statement is not judging or besmirching Ted Kennedy rather just giving a fully unvarnished account of some of the horrible things he has done.
I don’t see how allowing and even helping the Left hide the truth by averting our eyes from it and closing our mouths from pointing it out is helpful for anyone.
In the end, isn’t “Honesty the best Policy”??? It may keep us all on the right track....
AMen to that.
HOGWASH! Your parents weren’t talking about someone like this POS!
Phooey. His military service obviously stunk like everything else in his drunken, murderous, communist lifetime.
Glad you mentioned that! It seems to be overlooked in the present fawning furor. I always believed he should have been charged with treason... Of course, being a Demoncrap, he could never be charged with anything beyond being a wonderful human being. In these Camelot years only patriots can be investigated and tried for crimes - like saving the American people from further terrorist attacks!
True, but how is that an issue considering he was passenger not a pilot?
In general I agree, but there are exceptions.
“... I always believed he [Ted Kennedy] should have been charged with treason... Of course, being a Demoncrap, he could never be charged with anything beyond being a wonderful human being. ..” ~ Bob Ireland
‘RATS _basically_ think alike - that’s why they choose to affiliate themselves with the ‘RAT party. (RINOS need to admit the truth about themselves, and do the same.)
Here are examples of the “treason” legacy of other ‘RATS - remember these accounts?:
In a report which might alternately be termed stunning or terrifying, United Nations weapons inspectors confirmed last week not merely that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but that he smuggled them out of his country, before, during and after the war.
THE LEGACY OF JAY ROCKEFELLER
Jay Rockefeller (Socialist, Democrat from West Virginia, also home to the Klansman Byrd) TOLD SYRIA AND JORDAN AND SAUDI ARABIA that Iraq was going to be invaded!
Here is the transcript:
WALLACE: ...in October of 2002 in which you authorized the use of force, you went further than the president ever did. Let’s watch:
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ROCKEFELLER: I do believe that Iraq poses an imminent threat, but I also believe that after September 11th that question is increasingly outdated.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
WALLACE: Now, the president never said that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. As you saw, you did say that. If anyone hyped the intelligence, isn’t it Jay Rockefeller?
ROCKEFELLER: No. I mean, this question is asked a thousand times and I’ll be happy to answer it a thousand times. I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq, that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11.
Now, the intelligence that they had and the intelligence that we had were probably different. We didn’t get the presidential daily briefs. We got only a finished product, a finished product, a consensual view of the intelligence community, which does not allow for agencies like in the case of the aluminum tubes, the Department of Energy said these aren’t thick enough to handle nuclear power.
They left that out and went ahead with, “They have aluminum tubes and they’re going to develop nuclear power.”
WALLACE: Senator, you’re quite right. You didn’t get the presidential daily brief or the senior executive intelligence brief. You got the national intelligence estimate.
But the Silberman commission, a presidential commission that looked into this, did get copies of those briefs, and they say that they were, if anything, even more alarmist, even less nuanced, than the intelligence you saw...
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14 posted on 11/18/2005 5:28:03 PM EST by Recovering_Democrat
Report: Justice Department Probing Durbin, Rockefeller CIA Leak
Newsmax.com ^ | July 23, 2005 | Carl Limbacher
Posted on 12/22/2005 1:33:26 PM EST by shield
The Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into whether Democratic Senators Dick Durbin, Jay Rockefeller and Ron Wyden leaked details about a secret “black ops” CIA satellite program last December in a move that may have seriously compromised national security, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Jed Babbin said on Saturday.
“The CIA made a request to the Justice Department to investigate and possibly bring criminal charges against these three [senators],” Babbin told WABC Radio host Monica Crowley. “My information is that investigation is ongoing.”
Rockefeller is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and Durbin is the No. 2-ranking Democrat in the Senate.
Media reports on the satellite leak last December indicated that the Bush administration was concerned about public comments by Durbin, Rockefeller and Wyden and that the CIA had requested a Justice Department probe.
“The formal request for a leaks investigation would target people who described sensitive details about a new generation of spy satellites to The Washington Post, which published a page-one story about the espionage program Saturday [Dec. 11, 2004],” a Justice Department official told The Associated Press at the time.
But the same official told the AP that Justice “has not decided whether to investigate.”
Former Deputy Undersecretary Babbin’s comments on Saturday were the first indication that such a probe was actually launched and is ongoing.
“The fact of the matter is that [Durbin, Rockefeller and Wyden] divulged something that was above and beyond top secret and frankly, they probably blew the strategy and the hundreds of millions of dollars that were being spent to pursue it,” Babbin told Crowley.
“The acknowledgement of [the “black ops” program’s] existence is not even proper and the acknowledgement of them and the details of them can very well damage national security,” Babbin added.
Asked if he thought the three Senate Democrats should have their security clearances revoked for the duration of the leak probe, the former Defense Department official said: “Absolutely and forthwith. I mean, they should have been revoked at the time of the leak.”
“There’s really not much doubt about the leak having occurred,” Babbin told Crowley. “It’s in the press records, it’s in the Congressional record. We know what they did.”
“The only question,” he explained, “is how much damage was done by the leak. And that’s part of the criminal investigation right now - to do a damage assessment, to figure out how much this is going to cost us strategically and militarily.”
I never forgot, Howard .......... FRegards
Then again, maybe he’ll be forced to send a message by way of the “upwards courier” to her, as well as to the 40 million or so defenseless children he helped slaughter.
Works for me ...... FRegards
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