A Message on Ted Kennedy to Conservatives Who Hated Him

Via Rude Pundit

Let's just get this right:

Do you like your state and not the federal government controlling the curriculum of your kids' schools? Thank Ted Kennedy.

Do you like being able to vote starting at age 18? Thank Ted Kennedy.

Do you think low-income people should get help with heating their homes in the winter? Thank the man.

Do you think the federal government should fund cancer research? Yep.

Do you believe that Meals on Wheels is a good thing? Ditto.

Does your daughter (or you, if you're female) like playing soccer or basketball or softball at school? That'd be because of Ted Kennedy.

Do you think that disabled people should be able to go to school? Have access to buildings? Not be discriminated against for housing and loads of other things? Kennedy, big time.

You like your cheap airfares? You know the answer.

You think people on welfare oughta get jobs? So did Kennedy.

You think mental institutions should treat people humanely? Yeah, so did your new friend, Ted Kennedy.

You believe that the Defense Department should provide child care for the kids of soldiers? Kennedy did.

You think a woman shouldn't lose her job if she gets pregnant? You think 100,000 more cops on the street's a good idea? You think poor kids should have health care? You think soldiers in Iraq should have the proper armor? Just tick those things off the list. Some of them would have been accomplished without him; many would not have been.

You agreed with Ted Kennedy far, far more than you want to think you did, dear conservatives. Still, go ahead and dance your mad jigs on his still-warm corpse. Why not? We on the left certainly did when Jerry Falwell, Strom Thurmond, and Jesse Helms kicked. Hell, one asshole blogger even celebrated the death of Ann Coulter's father. But know that you dance in ignorance. Ask Orrin Hatch.

But, of course, you want to address the far more pressing issue of whether or not Ted Kennedy killed Mary Jo Kopechne back at Chappaquiddick all those decades ago, no matter what the investigations said. There's only a couple of things to say about that: The glib response is, "Yeah, and Thomas Jefferson nailed his slaves. What's your point?" More directly, Kennedy asked the people of Massachusetts if they wanted him to quit. They did not. The rest of the nation may have not wanted him as president, but for Massachusetts, Chappaquiddick quickly became a settled issue and distant history. That's all that mattered to keep him in the Senate, just like Louisiana will have to judge whether or not a prostitute-lovin' David Vitter should go back. That's democracy, gang, like it or not.

And Ted Kennedy did more for real, actual democracy than almost anyone else in our entire history as a nation.

More on that tomorrow in a real tribute.

(By the way, perhaps we now know why Barack Obama was trying to get health care reform done quickly.)


Anonymous said... / Aug 26, 2009, 5:14:00 PM  

If you believe in a priviledged class that is allowed to murder innocent young girls (there are more than Mary Jo) thank the Kenedys

Codester said... / Aug 26, 2009, 5:23:00 PM  

"Privileged" like Laura Bush who got absolutely no sentence for her vehicular manslaughter?

Anonymous said... / Aug 26, 2009, 6:04:00 PM  

So Ted is dead? This is bad why? He supported death panels for retards and the helpless. HE would not subject HIMSELF to the same system he would condemn the commoners to!

J said... / Aug 26, 2009, 7:24:00 PM  

Sure, he's done some great things...no doubt about that. But every time I see one of these old dudes in the Senate, I wish we would get together and pass some term limit amendment. There's no reason that Robert KKK Byrd should be a Senator after all of that time.

At the very least, the "privileged" thing is done away with, somewhat.

Codester said... / Aug 26, 2009, 8:59:00 PM  

Way to honor an enlisted US Army veteran, boys.
Wingnuts are a class act, all the way.

Fe-lady said... / Aug 26, 2009, 9:20:00 PM  

I DON"T thank Teddy boy for imposing state and federal "guidelines" on schools-
are you a teacher? Thought not.
If you were you would HATE the "Not Child Left Behind" Bull Shit!

And yea, I am sure Mary Jo's family want a health reform bill named after the guy that murdered their daughter. What a class act...NOT!

Just a rich, alcoholic, womanizing democrat doing things with other people's hard earned money

Shrinath said... / Aug 26, 2009, 9:28:00 PM  

Funny how all you Rushpublic conservatives are all "Anonymous"? Get over your self. You party is just a bunch of sniveling, racists. So go ahead and talk shit about Ted. A dog will always bark at the sun. His achievements are in no way diminished. He has touched a part of YOUR life even if you don't know about it.

Codester said... / Aug 26, 2009, 9:35:00 PM  

Fe-lady said.. "I DON"T thank Teddy boy for imposing state and federal guidelines..."

It says state and NOT federal. In our search for common ground... I wish we could at start at the point where cons can at least read and comprehend what they're reading

Shrinath said... / Aug 26, 2009, 9:40:00 PM  


First. It is clearly mentioned in Cody's profile what her occupation is. Stop asking rhetorical questions. And get your facts. Oh wait. Did I say fact? Rushpublic conservatives are not really given to getting the "facts" now are we?

Why do you care what Mary Jo's parent's like to do? He was rich, he was proud to be a democrat. At least he was not a war monger like last excuse for a president and his cronies.

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