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…And Then There Were None August 26, 2009

Ted JapanBy now you have all heard the news that Senator Edward “Ted Kennedy” (D-MA) passed away Tuesday night at the age of 77 due to brain cancer.

The New York Times reported that he was surrounded by family at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port

The New York Times

Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies

August 26, 2009

…The death was announced Wednesday morning in a statement by the Kennedy family.

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port,” the statement said. “We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

Mr. Kennedy had been in precarious health since he suffered a seizure in May 2008 at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. His doctors determined the cause had been a malignant glioma, a brain tumor that often carries a grim prognosis.

As he underwent cancer treatment, Mr. Kennedy was little seen in Washington, appearing most recently at the White House in April as Mr. Obama signed a national service bill that bears the Kennedy name.

While he had been physically absent from the capital, his presence had been deeply felt as Congress weighed the most sweeping revisions to America’s health care system in decades, an effort Mr. Kennedy called “the cause of my life.”

On July 15, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, which Mr. Kennedy heads, passed health care legislation that he had helped write and that may one day be regarded as the capstone to Mr. Kennedy’s government career…

Young Teddy and his Father Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.

Young Teddy and his Father Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.

Out of respect for the deceased, I will make an attempt to say this without being too snarky.

Leave it to the liberal lie peddling New York Times, to use the news of Ted Kennedy’s death to “pimp” and garner sympathy for the health care reform bill. Previous to this posting, I believe I have never quoted the New York Times, nor will I again from here on after.

But we are here to honor Ted Kennedy.

Edward M. Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. 1940 (John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation)

Edward M. Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. 1940 (John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library Foundation)

Not only does Ted’s passing represent the end of an era in American and Massachusetts state politics. It also represents the end of an era in the Democratic Party and the final stage of an American dynasty. In the Kennedy family, it was all about the boys. The eldest of the Kennedy brothers, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. died in a military plane incident in 1944. John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35 President of the United States and was assassinated in  1963. Robert Francis “Bobby”  Kennedy became the United States Attorney General from 1961-1964, and was a U.S. Senator (D-NY) from 1965 until his assassination during his bid for the presidency in 1968.  Amidst the tragedy and pain, young Ted Kennedy would be the only footprint of the Kennedy men for nearly four decades.

I do not weep for Ted. He had a comfortable luxury that was not afforded to most Kennedys.  He died in bed, surrounded not by bullets, plane wreckage or the ocean but rather peaceful surroundings and family members. Despite the things he was accused of doing and not doing, Ted must have done something right, to recieve such a blessing. I pray that he is at peace and surrounded by long lost family members on another plane, those he has not seen in some time. Perhaps there is a Kennedy football game somewhere in that Hyannis Port in the sky and they are all there Teddy, Jack, Bobby, Kathleen “Kick”, Rose, Jo Jr., JFK Jr…they are all together once again.

Rest in Peace Senator Kennedy,

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13 Responses to “…And Then There Were None”

  1. Joanelle Says:

    Nicely done, AC.

  2. mutnodjmet13 Says:

    Great photos.

    Personally, I am going to pray for strength, as the efforts to foist government healthcare on Americans will be redoubled in the name of the faux golden age called “Camelot”.

    I am going to pray for the people organizing the Tea Parties, many of whom have made many personal sacrifices are tired after carrying on the efforts to save our liberties since the first event in February. The stories of the townhalls and efforts will now be muted, to eulogize the death of this mere politician.

    I will pray that the Kennedy curse has ended, so their family can find peace and PRIVACY! I also pray that that the curse of Americans having to bow at the alter of all that is Kennedy has also concluded.

  3. Janis Says:

    I will hope for the strength NOT to scream in the face of anyone who told me that Hillary Clinton was evil because electing her would make the Clinton name a “dynasty,” who are now turning around and moaning and weeping over the only real political dynasty this country has ever known.

    Funny how that anti-dynastic argument only works as an excuse to keep some dried-up old broad out of office, innit?

  4. ARESAY Says:

    You haven’t scene anything yet. I’ll give 2 to 1 odds that says the media while be fawning over him for the next 2 weeks minimum.

  5. Marianne7 Says:

    Well done. As a long-time Mass resident, And yes, long enough to have VERY clear memories of the Chappa debacle, I have often wondered about Ted’s Senate persona as protector of the weak, vs his personal persona as debauched reprobate. I came to the conclusion many years ago, that for him, both were true. One he wished to ignore, the other he wished to emphasize. Too much information about the man. He’s done.

  6. BaldManMoody Says:

    Ditto – LisaGinNZ.

    Also, I look for Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi to invoke his name in the fight for healthcare reform around about tomorrow.

    As a resident in Mass, I find it interesting that his last efforts were effectively partisan infighting (governor appointment of his successor) veiled as a desire for “representation” of MA in the Senate.

  7. afrocity Says:

    Readers, this is a national day of mourning for Ted Kennedy any derogatory comments will be deleted. I did not agree with Ted’s endorsement for Barack Obama or his actions during the Chappaquiddick incident but I respect the tremendous service that he and his family have given to our country. We owe them our gratitude.

  8. bob Says:

    Afrocity, it’s your blog, and I love it, but is it derogatory to say that the best Kennedy of them all was Jacqueline, who, when she had the chance, got the hell out, and married a rich Greek?

  9. bob Says:

    Not much.

    One of the worst pieces of legislation that we’ve had was that immigration reform act back in the mid-sixties, under Kennedy/Johnson, back in those days.

    The result has been the ethnic cleansing of many black areas in Los Angeles, a near civil war between blacks and browns in those areas, the destruction of the black family, and a drug culture coming up from the south that seems to have no end.

    Let Ted rest in peace, but I don’t see him as having done anything positive for the country.

  10. bob Says:

    I think also that Cuba would have been a lot better off if the Kennedy’s had not lost their courage at the time of the Bay of Pigs, had provided some air support, and have toppled Castro.

    What we have is 40 years of dictatorship, waves of immigrants on inner tubes, prejudice against homosexuals, prejudice against blacks, thought police, and prisons.

    The folks in Hollywood may think this is great, they may love that Great Leader Castro, but I think it stinks.

    Ted Kennedy was such a great fellow, he even nixed having some wind farms off the coast, because it would interfere with his view.

    I think he was a scondrel of the first order, but let him rest in peace.

  11. Josh Says:

    Very moving and gracious comments.

  12. bob Says:

    Cuba was better off when the Mafia ran the place. At least you could leave then, and not on an inner tube. The whole place is a dungeon now.

  13. iam7545 Says:

    As a recovering addict/alcoholic (24 years sober) I have deep empathy for people like Kennedy. People with the disease of addiction create much wreckage that needs correcting. I hope he found peace in the end.

    I was appalled at the treatment that a certain conservative website gave Cronkite immediately after his passing. I expressed my dismay, got attacked and will not return to that site.

    It is just the way I am!

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