Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Annie, Jul 28, 2004.
Toranto outdoes myself, even my brother the cop:
I fervently hope that the Republicans go after Kennedy in a serious way. This arrogant hypocrite has flaunted laws and morals throughout his whorthless existence. Even before he entered politics, he was a cheat and a liar.
"Ted managed to graduate from prep school (Milton Academy) in 1950 with only a C average. Teddy was never a scholar, and his brother Jack once referred to him as "the gay illiterate".
Despite his terrible grades, Teddy (like brother Robert) was admitted to Harvard as a "legacy", because his older brothers and father had graduated form there with such distinction.
Yet even at Harvard, young Ted floundered. In his sophomore year he was expelled for cheating. He had been failing Spanish and feared it would keep him off the varsity football team. He paid a friend to take the exam for him.
Ted's friend, however, was recognized when he turned in the exam book.
Both lads were expelled, but were advised that they could apply for readmission in a year if they demonstrated responsible citizenship. It was a shame and disgrace, but the family would manage to keep it a secret until Teddy ran for the Senate.
After his expulsion from Harvard, Teddy returned to Hyannis Port where he would sit brooding, sometimes for hours. Finally, he enlisted in the Army.
Not surprisingly, he did not bother to read the enlistment papers and signed up for four years instead of two. Ted's father, the US Ambassador to England, was horrofied at the thought of his youngest son spending four years in the service, with a good chance of being sent into combat in Korea.
"Don't you ever look at what you're signing?" he shouted.
With one phone call Joe contacted a friend who managed to get hold of Teddy's enlistment papers. Ted's enlistment period was shortened to two years, a maneuver that was nearly impossible for the average enlistee.
Furthermore, Ted would do his service in Europe, not Korea.
Teddy never rose above the rank of private, and was discharged in 1952.
He returned to Harvard in the fall of 1953, as did his test-taking friend, and they graduated together.
Once back at Harvard, Teddy made the rugby team. During one match in 1954, Ted got into three fistfights with opposing players and was finally thrown out of the game. According to referee Frederick Costick, Teddy was the only player he had ever expelled from a game in thirty years of officiating.
"Rugby is a character-building sport," Costick said. "Players learn how to conduct themselves on the field with the idea that they will learn how to conduct themselves in life. When a player loses control of himself three times in a single afternoon, to my mind, that is a sign that, in a crisis, the man is not capable of thinking clearly and acting rationally. Such a man will panic under pressure."
Of course, years later, in the crisis at Chappaquiddick, Teddy would do exactly that.
In 1957, Ted entered the University of Virginia Law School. The warning signs of trouble would continue. While in law school, Ted would earn the nickname "Cadillac Eddie". He was cited four times for reckless driving (three times in 1958 and once in 1959). These violations included running red lights and driving with his lights off at ninety miles per hour in a suburban area.
Teddy was convicted of three violations and fined, but for some reason his driver's license was never revoked."
And of course there's Mary Jo Kopechne. She would have been 65 this year. It seems that all those adoring libs have conveniently forgotten about their hero's actions the night Kennedy drunkenly drove off a bridge and then left Mary Jo to die in the submerged car. What did this champion of human rights do after he escaped from the wreck?
"Kennedy's actions upon reaching the cottage also raise serious questions about his motives and state of mind.
1) - The first person Kennedy saw when he reached the cottage was Ray LaRosa, but remarkably the Senator made no mention of the accident to him. As a former fireman, LaRosa was experienced in life-saving techniques; and because he had not been drinking at the party, he was clearly the most qualified to deal with the current emergency.
2) - Instead of alerting the first person he saw, Kennedy calmly asked LaRosa to go get Gargan and Markham while he waited outside. By hiding in the Valiant, the Senator eliminated the possibility that he would be noticed by any of the other party guests, a conscious and calculated effort to keep the accident a secret from everyone except his lawyers.
3) - Paul Markham, who injured his leg during the regatta, had been drinking heavily because of the pain. He could be of little assistance in a rescue attempt, but he was a lawyer.
4) - Kennedy would later use lawyer-client privilege to prevent Gargan and Markham from giving any information to authorities. For the next 8 hours, they would be the only people on the island who were even aware of the accident.
- Senator Kennedy's actions do not reflect a state of shock, but instead suggest a deliberate and calculated effort to cover up his involvement in the accident, while at the same time concealing the fate of Mary Jo Kopechne from those who could have saved her.
Despite all this, kerry chooses to use Kennedy as his personal attack dog during this campaign. I believe that it is worth noting that the Democratic candidate for the office of President of the United States is so lacking in judgement that he has enlisted the services of Berger, an admitted thief and Kennedy, a lying drunken coward who should have done prison time for manslaughter. Perhaps Kerry feels a kinship with Kennedy, they both have money they did not earn and after all, Kennedy is a member of the Massachusetts blue bloods. Maybe they get together and figure out ways to identify with the "common man".
I wouldn't usually pull all of this, but in this case I will, it's that important. I agree with all of the above. Teddy was the mentor of Kerry. He's following in the footsteps of...
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