We all wish Ted Kennedy well
but he is no paragon of virtue!
By Mark Neckameyer
May 20, 2008
When Senator Ted Kennedy had his stroke scare Saturday morning,
all the TV networks including FOX News went on the air with a
glowing obituary sounding retelling of the Senator's life. They
lionized the man, made him sound like combination of George Washington
and Saint Peter. Fortunately Kennedy's health issue was not as
serious as it first appeared but I can't help comparing the reality
of his life and works with the flowery garbage we have been hearing
on TV all day. Here are the facts about his "accomplishments".
Ted Kennedy did not earn his way into Harvard with good grades.
He was allowed entry as a "legacy" admittee. His family
had donated lots of cash to the university. He was expelled in
his sophomore year for cheating. He was caught paying another
student to take a Spanish test for him. Using family money and
power to get things done has always been his style.
Kennedy enlisted in the Army for four years during the Korean
War. He changed his mind and his father's influence got his commitment
to the Army cut to two years served in safe Europe. He never
rose past the rank of Private, something not easy to do. Ted
was allowed back into Harvard somehow after his Army hitch, graduated
with a "C" average. He played on the Harvard Rugby
team and according to the coach was the only player the coach
had seen thrown out of a Rugby game for fighting. Ted got into
a record three fist fights in one Rugby game in 1954. After Harvard
Ted went to law school where the other students called him "Cadillac
Eddy". He had numerous driving citations, many reckless
driving tickets, was caught driving ninety miles an hour with
his lights off, etc. He never lost his license. I wonder why?
At the minimum for the office age of thirty, Ted was appointed
to fill out Jack Kennedy's vacant Massachusetts US senate seat
by the governor, a family friend. The voters of that stare are
apparently in love with the Kennedy name and have kept re-electing
him through the drowning of his obvious girlfriend at Chappaquiddick,
his alcohol problems, his public marriage scandals and even his
connection to the alcohol related rape charge against his nephew.
I am glad Ted Kennedy will recover from today's health scare
but for the life of me I can't figure out why Massachusetts has
re-elected him eight times. On TV today he was called the "Lion
of Liberalism". This makes me glad I am not a Liberal!
Received May 17, 2008 - Published
May 20, 2008
Sen. Edward Kennedy has cancerous brain
Wednesday AM - May 21, 2008 - LA Times www.latimes.com
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