Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Another Classic Has Died: Senator Edward Kennedy, 77

Senator Kennedy has died, after a nearly one-year struggle with brain cancer. Kennedy was 77.

I still remember some of my earliest moments seeing Senator Kennedy. When I was a young child, he ran for president against Jimmy Carter. Although it was a highly contested battle, Kennedy delivered a searing speech at the Democratic National Convention.

After that, I recall his extremely passionate argument against Rehnquist becoming Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The closing words were: "too extreme to be Chief Justice." Later, in law school, I could appreciate his words.

Kennedy was a very passionate and tireless liberal who fought for very important social issues. There aren't too many politicians on either side of the aisle with the drive to fight and with his great speaking ability. He will be missed. Another "classic" has died.

The Associated Press has published a detailed article on Kennedy's life: Mass. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy dies at age 77.


Kansas City said...

I won't criticize Kennedy on a personal basis out of respect for the recently deceased, but I am struck by the two examples cited by Darren because each represents a situation where the passage of time proved Kennedy to be wrong. The "searing" 1980 convention speech was largely an attack on Ronald Reagan, who went on to election, achievement and now general recognition as a top tier president. The Rehnquist "too extreme" was refused by a quiet and long tenure by him as chief justice.

Politically, that was the problem with Kennedy. He was on the wrong side of virtually all mjor political issues of the past 40 years.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

If "wrong" means Kennedy was not a running around denying the liberty of gays and lesbians, pregnant women, poor people, etc., I'll take that version of "wrong" anyday!

Kansas City said...
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Kansas City said...


You take such a predictably narrow liberal view of everything and, again, try to avoid my principal point -- you picked two memories where he was extreme and proven wrong by subsequent events.

As to major issues, putting aside gay and lesbian rights (which I don't consider major, although I respect that some do), you present the extremist characterization of people you disagree with polically engaging in the denial of liberty. It is a particularly annoying liberal approach, and coming from someone who got all upset about Palin's rhetorical "death panels."

"Major political issues" was not good terminology on my part -- too broad. I meant to refer to higher level issues, perhaps "most consequential issues of his time." I was thinking of the cold war (he in favor of the nuclear freeze), the Reagan era (he repeatedly attacking Reagan), the defeat of Sadaam Hussein in the Gulf War I (I realize Gulf War II is still debatable, but Gulf War I prevented the evil Hussein from effectively becoming the ruler of the Middle East) and perhaps welfare reform and lower taxes (although those are lesser issues).

As to abortion, you are pro-abortion and I realize you have too much suport for your position for me to fairly declare Kennedy "wrong" (although if there is judging God, Teddy surely has some serious explaining to do). However, Kennedy was pro-life until Roe and the democratic party move left on the issue. The most fascinating Kennedy column I have read is the one cited below as to the massive policial consequences of Kennedy moving from pro-life to pro-abortion rights.

Kansas City said...

Someone else who understands Kennedy:

To stay on the idea of judgment by God, how could Kennedy explain not only his pro-abortion views, but also his Chappaquidick conduct?

Kansas City said...

Want to hear another passionate speech segment by Ted Kennedy? Read this, and tell me about the sincerety and importance of words from him:

“Wanted or unwanted, I believe that human life, even at its earliest stages, has certain rights which must be recognized - the right to be born, the right to love, the right to grow old.”

Kansas City said...

This is like shooting ducks in a barrell. More of Kennedy's greatest hits -- Darren, do you see anything wrong with this guy?

Lies about Bork:

“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters . . .”

"Outrage" over Ford's pardon of Nixon, five years are he used his "high and mighty" status to stay out of jail after killing a girl at

“Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law? Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?”

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

PS: I didn't post on Robert Novak and other conservatives' deaths because I didn't want to write negative death essays. What part of this is so difficult to understand?

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