Kennedy: tributes from the right…

Lots of commentary on Ted Kennedy’s death and many blog comment clagged with some pretty foul references to Chappaquiddick… I’ll leave it to others and Google to round up the best… But there has been some exemplary pieces from the right: Dan Hannan on his credentials as a parliamentarian… And Bill Bennett who remembers him as a “a fierce and tough — and sometimes a ruthless — operator”. And Danny Finklestein believes that when his older brothers are remembered “it will be as their youngest brother remade them”.

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  • Debating his legacy with US Republican Commentator Karl Woolf and Danny Kennedy MLA (UUP) on Talkback it was startling how he won over even his greatest critics.

    There was nothing but respect for a life in public service. I think Mark Durkan’s reflections this morning on how he approached his role as a legislator are very true. He was committed to doing the right thing and to doing the right thing the right way. He took his job as a law maker seriously and as a resul;t won the respect of friend and foe alike.

  • bereaved steve

    As a mark of respect and to emphasise the family and party commitment to preserving and honouring the legacy of Senator Kennedy, a memorial fund should be set up in Ted Kennedy’s name to assist those who were injured or bereaved by drunkard drivers, and particularly to provide them with legal assistance when those drunkards happen to be connected to the establishment. And another for the victims of terrorism, particularly geared up to provide assistance to people wishing to bring to account those who raised funds for terrorists in foreign jurisdictions. Lets give this great man the noble legacy he deserves.

  • Edward Kennedy’s legacy, is an interesting one, I wonder if those who are currently praising him would be as willing to forgive a less powerful person for what Kennedy got up to after Mary Jo Kopechne suffocated in his car which had overturned in the ditch and again when Kennedy tried to manipulate the law in 1990s.

    People can in my eyes redeem themselves when they do wrong; and Edward Kennedy has been a reasonable legislator, but I wonder if parliamentary politics is the correct arena for us fallen sinners, as parliamentarians not only have power over other peoples lives and legislate on the rule of law, but also tell people how they should live their lives.

    Perhaps in truth they might do better concentrating on correcting their own behavior whilst viewing politics from the sidelines.

    A difficult call, I made the point about him turning over a new leaf after Chappaquiddick and doing useful work in the Senate and a young woman family member replied,

    ” He was hardly a kid in 1969 and he was still up to treating women like objects long beyond that date and was not above manipulating the law to his and his families advantage. He behaved in the most cowardly manner during the Clarence Thomas hearings for the latter’s Supreme Court nomination, far from defending Anita Hill he sat stum.”

    My argument for tolerance went right out the window and I sat quiet as the young woman went on,

    ” He and his brothers had the morals of alley cats, they used women as containers for their lust and body fluids and their money and power for self advancement or to cover up when they went over the top and were found out. That the political right speaks so highly of him now shows they had the measure of the man, forget the candy floss, they meant none of it”.

    I got up to make us both a cup of coffee, a little shell shocked, but proud that she had the confidence to dump me firmly on my arse. Was she wrong in her judgement about the Kennedy’s, no, I think not, I was just being soft and sentimental due to a man’s death.

  • Don Burgess

    Interesting views Mick. I had a look at your blog, Organized Rage, and have a quick question for you. When I looked at your profile photo I could swear that you used to be a cooper round my way. Am I mistaken?

  • Sorry Don, I have helped empty a few barrels in my younger days, and at one time I did some casual shifts in the Carlsberg brewery in Copenhagen and used to watch the coopers at work, but sadly I am not ambidextrous enough to be a real skilled craftsman.

  • Don Burgess

    Sorry Mick, the dyslexia is playing up tonight, I meant copper.