WITH TED KENNEDY’S PASSING, HEALTHCARE DEBATE WILL INFLATE…

Posted on August 26, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 
My sympathies go out to the Kennedy family on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy.  Yes, he has done some good here in Massachusetts, but that doesn’t erase the wrongs that he had done.  I’m sure there will be a multitude of flowery words going around by people who have known him, colleagues who have worked with him.  It’s nice that he was alive long enough to have formed such long and loving relationships.  There is one person who would not be able to offer any words of kindness or inspiration on his passing because he was directly responsible for her passing, and that is Mary Jo Kopeckne, the young woman who drowned in his car so many years ago.  Had Kennedy been a Republican or any other guy in politics at that time, I don’t think he would have fared as well as he had.  The way I see it, in this world, money and power speak louder than morals.  Coming from a very affluent family does have its rewards, as Kennedy was able to put the homocide behind him, get back up on his horse, live a long and fruitful life and ride off to Congress where he rallied for his causes, some of which were not exactly embraced.  I’m sure his valiant acts, real and imagined, will be playing out non-stop for a week or more so I’m not going to be watching the news so much in the coming days.  I believe in telling people how you feel about them when they’re alive, not after they’re gone.  This way, they’re able to hear your words, real or fabricated, before they go.
 
I have no doubt that when Obama heard the news, he rallied his fellow Democrats and henchmen czars to try and think of a way to coerce the American people into "doing what Ted Kennedy would have wanted"…to pass his healthcare reform bill as a goodwill gesture to the passing senator.  Ride that wave, Obama!  Oh, what a Kumbaya moment that would be.  Remember, Obama is all about "Fast, fast, fast", "We have an emergency", and "We need to get it done now before the American people know what’s about to hit them!"  I’m sure they’re scrambling for a replacement even before he’s laid to rest so the Democrats will be able to continue to "keep the power" that they are now enjoying.  This will probably happen sooner rather than later, as Obama always likes to strike the iron while it’s hot.  It’s a fact that Obama rode on Kennedy’s coattails for some time, and now he will be on his own, but he was taught by many radical masters and he certainly has learned his lessons well.  Kennedy did help to get Obama into the White House along with ACORN and a lot of other corrupt radicals.  As for Michelle Obama, I’m sure some little part of her was secretly "displeased" with the fact that she had to cut her precious expensive vacation so short.  Go on, call me an idiot.  I’m sure a lot of you are thinking the same thing, too.
 
I am sincerely sorry that he has passed because he’s someone’s son, father, friend, uncle, etc., but I just can’t bring myself to say all sorts of nice stuff about a guy who doesn’t deserve it just because he is now deceased.  Don’t you think that the Kopeckne family would just love the opportunity to say nice things to her?  After all, she was someone’s daughter, someone’s friend…
 
It’s so disturbing to me that all is not fair in politics when it comes to Democrats.  Deep down I know that Obama and his corrupt crew from CronyTown will use this very sad event as a stepping stone to fuel the universal healthcare debate.  Obama is good at using cards to his advantage, and the one he’ll use now will be the sympathy card…
 
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Senator Edward Kennedy dies at age 77

Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:46am EDT

By Scott Malone

HYANNIS PORT, Massachusetts (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, a towering figure in the Democratic Party who took the helm of one of America’s most fabled political families after two older brothers were assassinated, died at age 77, his family said.

"Edward M. Kennedy, the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply, died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port (Massachusetts)," the Kennedy family said in a statement early on Wednesday.

Kennedy had brain cancer, which was diagnosed in May 2008.

He was one of the most influential and longest-serving senators in U.S. history, a liberal standard-bearer who recovered politically from a string of personal scandals to become known as a consummate congressional dealmaker.

Kennedy’s death marked the twilight of a political dynasty that included brothers President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert Kennedy — and dealt a blow to Democrats as they seek to answer President Barack Obama’s call for an overhaul of the healthcare system.

Kennedy was a longtime advocate of healthcare reform, a signature issue of Obama’s presidency. Obama said on Wednesday he was heartbroken to hear of the death of Kennedy, a crucial supporter of his presidential candidacy.

"I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague," said Obama. "I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I’ve profited as president from his encouragement and wisdom."

Kennedy’s endorsement last year was seen as pivotal in Obama’s winning of the Democratic presidential nomination. Many saw the endorsement of the first-term senator as the passing of the political torch to a new generation. A year to the day before his death, Kennedy made an electrifying speech to the Democratic convention that nominated Obama for president.

Kennedy had recently urged Massachusetts lawmakers to change state law so the Democratic governor, if necessary, could quickly fill a Senate vacancy as the chamber debates the contentious healthcare issue.

Known as "Teddy," he was the brother John Kennedy, assassinated in 1963, Robert Kennedy, fatally shot while campaigning for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination, and Joe Kennedy, a pilot killed in World War Two.

His charisma as "the last of the Kennedy brothers" was such that draft-Teddy drives were a feature of U.S. presidential election years from 1968 through the 1980s.

When he first took the Senate seat previously held by John Kennedy in 1962, he was seen as something of a political lightweight who owed his ascent to his famous name.

Yet during his nearly half century in the chamber, Kennedy became known as one of Washington’s most effective senators, crafting legislation by working with lawmakers and presidents of both parties, and finding unlikely allies.

At the same time, he held fast to liberal causes deemed anachronistic by the centrist "New Democrats" and was a lightning rod for conservative ire.

"The Kennedy name is synonymous with the Democratic Party, and at times Ted was the target of partisan campaign attacks. But in the United States Senate I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection," Obama said.

Kennedy helped enact measures to protect civil and labor rights, expand healthcare, upgrade schools, increase student aid and contain the spread of nuclear weapons.

"There’s a lot to do," Kennedy told Reuters in 2006. "I think most of all it’s the injustice that I continue to see and the opportunity to have some impact on it."

After Robert Kennedy’s death, Edward was expected to waste little time in vying for the presidency. But in 1969, a young woman drowned after a car Kennedy was driving plunged off a bridge on the Massachusetts resort island of Chappaquiddick after a night of partying.

Kennedy’s image was tarnished after it emerged he had failed to report the accident to authorities. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and received a suspended sentence.

Kennedy eventually ran for his party’s presidential nomination in 1980 but lost to then-President Jimmy Carter.

His presidential ambitions thwarted, Kennedy devoted himself to his Senate career.

A 2009 survey by The Hill, a Capitol Hill publication, found that Senate Republicans believed Kennedy was the chamber’s easiest Democrat to work with and most bipartisan.

Republican Senator John McCain called him "the single most effective member of the Senate if you want to get results."

‘LION’ BATTLED ON

Kennedy had been largely sidelined in Congress since becoming ill. The "Lion of the Senate" began to use a cane and often looked tired and drained as he mixed work with treatment.

Yet colleagues and staff said he remained determined to fulfill what he called "the cause of my life," providing health insurance to all Americans. He helped draft legislation to overhaul the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system.

Kennedy’s interest in healthcare dated from his own back injury suffered during a 1964 plane crash that damaged his spine and left him with persistent pain, and later, his son’s bout with cancer in the 1970s. More recently, he cited his own illness as he made a case for reform.

"I’ve benefited from the best of medicine but I’ve also witnessed the frustration and outrage of patients and doctors alike as they face the challenges of a system that shortchanges millions of Americans," he wrote in a May 28 issue of the Boston Globe.

Kennedy never fully escaped the cloud of the Chappaquiddick accident. A decades-long argument arose about whether the senator, who was married to Joan Kennedy at the time, tried to cover up his involvement by leaving the scene while Mary Jo Kopechne’s body remained submerged and whether police helped sweep such questions under the rug. All involved denied any cover-up.

Kennedy was divorced from Joan in 1983.

Later crises involving younger Kennedys, notably the 1991 Palm Beach rape trial of his nephew, William Kennedy Smith, caught a bloated and weary-looking Uncle Ted in a media glare. Reports of heavy drinking and womanizing led to a public apology for "the faults in the conduct of my private life."

Kennedy was remarried soon after that to Victoria Reggie, a 38-year-old lawyer with two young children from her first marriage. He poured renewed energy into the Senate, where he would become the third-longest serving senator in history.

Even his Republican foes recognized Kennedy’s dedication as he worked to protect civil rights, give federal help to the poor, contain the spread of nuclear weapons, raise the minimum wage, expand health coverage and improve America’s schools.

FAMILY STANDARDS

Born on February 22, 1932, Edward Moore Kennedy was the last of four sons and five daughters born to millionaire businessman Joseph Kennedy, who would later be ambassador to Britain, and his wife, Rose.

The Boston Irish family combined the competitive spirit of nouveau riche immigrants with acquired polish and natural charm. The sons were expected to mature into presidential timber and were groomed for that starting with the oldest, Joseph Jr., a bomber pilot who died in World War Two.

"I think about my brothers every day," Kennedy told Reuters. "They set high standards. Sometimes you measure up, sometimes you don’t."

(Additional reporting by Thomas Ferraro in Washington and Patricia Zengerle in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts; Editing by Peter Cooney and Jackie Frank)

 

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