TEDDY KENNEDY IS NO JFK
By Bob Weir
Senator Ted Kennedy should remember these words well, because they were said by his brother, John, in his presidential inaugural speech on January 20, 1961. But, alas, the Massachusetts reprobate, the runt of the litter, the black sheep of the family, was never able to live up to the ideals or the greatness of his siblings. Instead, the youngest member of the Kennedy clan has reduced himself to the level of a foul-mouthed, Leftwing ideologue, bent on bringing down the Bush Presidency for partisan political motives, rather than national security objectives.
Mr. Kennedy, in his latest hysterical outburst, proclaimed that President George W. Bush decided to go to war against Iraq and that he based this decision on distortions, misrepresentations, and outright lies. “This [decition and its claimed justification] was made up in Texas, [and President Bush] announced in January to the Republican lead- ership that war was going to take place and was going to be good politically,” Kennedy said.
“This whole thing was a fraud,” Kennedy fulminated, jabbing his finger at the air. Did he mean to say that tens of thousands of corpses unearthed by bulldozers and backhoes in the desert sand on the outskirts of Baghdad was a fraud? Did he mean that the genocide of children and the brutal rape of thousands of women was a fraud? Or, perhaps he meant that the Butcher of Baghdad, known throughout the world as a vicious tyrant and hater of freedom, was actually in the running to win the Nobel Peace Prize?
This Kennedy chap must have been AWOL when the gene pool was distributing back- bone. His brothers would never have sat back and countenanced such wanton cruelty anywhere in the world. Joseph Kennedy, Jr., a Navy pilot, died bravely in World War II; John F. Kennedy, as President of the U.S.A., stood up to the Soviet Union during the Cuban missile crisis; and Robert Kennedy took a brave stand against the powerful and deadly organized crime cartel in America. What is Ted Kennedy’s claim to fame? Chap- paquiddick?
Accusing the leader of the free world of fraud because he liberated millions of people from the merciless yoke of oppression is tantamount to supporting dictatorships around the globe. Another excerpt from the JFK speech: “To those people in the huts and vil- lages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required….because it is right.” That sounds like what the U.S.A. is doing today in Iraq. Polls taken in the former despot-ruled country indicate that the Iraqis overwhelmingly approve of what Bush is doing. Kennedy’s caustic comments are merely another example of the mean-spirited tone of politics in 21st Century America. Moreover, it is an example of how low some people will stoop to gain a political advantage.
Does Mr. Kennedy care that his rhetoric will be used as a weapon against the troops in Iraq? The sniper who draws a bead on an American soldier can feel justified in pulling the trigger because this blowhard Senator from Massachusetts said the war was a fraud. When the obnoxious and dissolute Senator finishes his self-serving criticism of the oppo- sition majority party and its leader, he can head for the dining room and share a bottle of Dom with his equally repugnant and dissolute cronies, but the soldier has to deal with the damaging aftershock on the battlefield 5,000 miles away. Mr. Kennedy, in the safety and serenity of his Hyannisport yacht, can hoist a few cocktails with the Boston "aristocracy," unconcerned about the target he painted on the back of every soldier on active duty.
JFK: “In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsi- bility, I welcome it.” How shameful it is that his younger brother can only shrink when it comes to the defense of freedom. How shameful it is that the last of the Kennedy broth- ers drags the family down like an anchor diving for the sludge at the bottom of the ocean.
If there is any fraud being perpetrated against the American people it is that Ted Kennedy occupies a seat in the United States Senate, undoubtedly granted in perpetuity be- cause of a famous name, while he besmirches the memory of the family that gave it to him, a family that contributed greatly to the image and the glory of America.
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