In Memoriam Senator Edward M. Kennedy—Joe`s Early Obituary

word leaked out that the Associated Press wrote

Britney Spears`

obituary in December 2007, the news caused a minor debate among
journalists. [
The AP Has Written Britney Spears` Obituary
US Magazine,

January 17, 2008]

writing early obits about famous figures like

Frank Sinatra


Ted Williams

who are old or in poor health is common, the feeling in some
quarters is that premature death notices about young
personalities like the 26-year-old Spears is ghoulish.

defended its action by correctly saying that the singer was an


wreck who could at any
moment commit suicide or, given her

terrible driving
pile her car into a telephone pole.

Obviously, Spears` obituary was never published.

I`m not going to let the risk of bad taste accusations stop me
from posting my obituary of the still-living

Edward M. Kennedy
I`m quite certain our


will not be offended.

Kennedy, of course, was the floor manager of the 1965
Immigration Act, which unleashed mass immigration again after a
forty-year lull in which there was virtually no immigration at
all. He gave the most explicit assurances that this would not
happen, but it did, and he has never shown the least remorse. In
fact, he was a key ally of the Bush Administration in its
efforts to amnesty illegals and further expand legal

over the span of several years, our

letter writers

have been at least as critical of Kennedy as

VDARE.COM`s editorial

a sampling.

  • A California lawyer


    when Kennedy

    cheated on a basic
    Spanish test

    while a Harvard

  • A Maryland blogger

    reminded us

    that as much as Kennedy loves refugees, you won`t find any on
    Martha`s Vineyard.

  • A Colorado

    found Kennedy`s

    with women half his age disgusting

  • A New Jersey


    that Kennedy is one of few Americans who don`t have to wait in

    emergency rooms
    His beloved illegal aliens have overcrowded

    hospital waiting rooms

    making delays inevitable for citizens

  • A Massachusetts reader


    that Kennedy didn`t have to wait—but her sister did.

  • A Michigan Roman


    why Kennedy`s immigration enthusiasm wasn`t dampened when

    Sirhan Sirhan

    killed his brother Bobby.

  • An Arizona senior

    doesn`t understand

    why Kennedy`s Senate colleagues admire him.

  • A Nevada reader


    that Kennedy has little influence outside New England.

  • An Alabama reader

    called Kennedy

    a "bloated leech" and
    a "limousine liberal."

  • A Texas Reader


    the Irish illegally in America who can`t get amnesty should
    blame Kennedy for his role in the 1965 Immigration Act that gave
    preference to the Third World residents over white Europeans.

By all
accounts, Kennedy is near his end.

The tabloids
chillingly accurate in their

death predictions
give him a few weeks at the most.

year ago when the announcement came that Kennedy`s inoperable
brain tumor put him on the death watch list, immigration reform
patriots found themselves in the awkward position of having
compassion for a fellow human suffering from terminal cancer and
quiet relief that one of our worst enemies would no longer take
his Senate seat to vote in favor of keeping the alien floodgates

many of us, I`m sorry to surmise, prayed for Kennedy`s
miraculous and speedy recovery.

As I
wrote in my May 2008 column, Kennedy has lived a blessed life

began at birth

and continued right up to his last days. No matter Kennedy`s
sexual, boozy transgressions, most Americans always found a way
to forgive him.

Kennedy`s first political opponent, 1962 Senate candidate Edward
McCormack summed up Teddy best:
"If your name was simply Edward Moore instead of

Edward Moore Kennedy,

your candidacy would be a joke."

Ascent of Ted Kennedy,

Time Magazine, January
10, 1969]

five years after Kennedy trounced McCormack, the new Senator`s
wealth, fame and connections allowed him, infamously and
unjustly, to avoid a vehicular manslaughter charge related to

Mary Jo Kopechne`s
tragic death.

Kennedy`s plea to a lesser charge of leaving the scene of an
accident resulted in a suspended sentence.

the four decades since


Kennedy has never been able to convince the public or
investigative reporters to believe the hole-filled story he told
the day afterwards. [
Anniversary of Mary Jo Kopechne`s Drowning at
Chappaquiddick…Kennedy`s Story Still Doubtful
by Dave Gibson,, July 17, 2009]

Mary Jo Kopechne is the female most often associated with
Kennedy, she is not the only woman whose life he ended. His
first wife Joan, an accomplished pianist with a master`s degree
in education, also fell victim to Kennedy`s destructive ways.

was part-time model used in television commercials by



Kennedy men nicknamed Joan

"The Dish"
because of
her striking looks. But her sheltered upbringing in

upscale Riverdale, NY
did not
prepare Joan for her future life as a Kennedy.

her 24-year marriage, Joan miscarried three times including one
child in the aftermath of the Chappaquiddick tragedy.

cause of her third loss may have been that Joan, confined to bed
during her latest pregnancy, nevertheless

dutifully attended

Kopechne`s funeral and Teddy`s court appearance three days

Summarizing the Chappaquiddick experience that she believes
started her deep personal decline, Joan told

Laurence Leamer,

the author of The Kennedy Women,
"For a few months
everyone had to put on this show, and then I just didn`t care
anymore. I just saw no future. That`s when I truly became an
Fall of Joan

Michelle McPhee and Dave Wedge,
Boston Magazine, August 2005]

followed for Joan were several public incidents of

drunkenness and DWIs
As a result of her ongoing struggles with alcohol, her three
children were eventually granted legal guardianship.

Joan`s parents had also been alcoholics, no one can determine
with certainty what role Teddy may have played in Joan`s tragic
downfall. But we can be sure that life with Teddy might have
precipitated Joan`s decline from a young woman who was once
described by Leamer as "a
total innocent"
to a falling-down street drunk.

I have
written a frank account of Kennedy`s failings which mainstream
posthumous tributes will gloss over.

However, I must warn you that maudlin Kennedy obituaries have
already started. Last month, HBO broadcast it 90-minute
documentary titled

Teddy: In His Own

In its
promotion for the special HBO advertised it this way:

 "…deftly combines the
Senator`s own voice culled from past commentary, speeches and
public and private sources with archival newsreel and television
footage, iconic photographs and rarely seen archival footage,
such as home movies and photographs, to tell the sweeping saga
of Teddy Kennedy.

 "What emerges is a
portrait of a crusader who has kept his eye on the most
important public goals, from civil rights and desegregation to
minimum wage and health reform, despite a series of personal
tragedies and crises.

 "As the film shows, none
of these setbacks derailed his career, and the rejuvenating
bonds he shares with members of his illustrious family continue
to this day."

If you

my interest

in presidential political history, you`ll enjoy HBO`s
perspective especially as it pertains to

John F. Kennedy


Richard Nixon.

you`ll get a timely laugh out of Kennedy`s 1978 prediction that
the Democrats under his leadership would bring

national health care

to Americans.

But to
call Kennedy a "crusader," or a "minimum

"civil rights

is ridiculously far off the mark.



for illegal immigration (he promotes it in two different clips
in the HBO special) which directly conflicts with the interests
of working Americans and keeps the minimum wage at artificially
low levels.

Illegal immigration also hurt

black Americans

by limiting their access to

blue collar jobs.

hardly the route a true civil rights
"crusader" would

addition, Kennedy voted for every

non-immigrant worker
visa bill

put in front of him.

And as far
as Kennedy`s "illustrious
goes, VDARE.COM readers have weighed on this subject


A retired New York
government worker


Caroline Kennedy sorely lacking in all respects in her

thwarted Senate bid


A New York accountant

pointed out

that Caroline`s cousin Patrick, an eight-term Rhode Island U.S.
Representative, has

an F immigration grade

Kennedy nears the end of his life, our objective is first to
steel ourselves against the mawkish propaganda that will follow
his death.

task will be challenging. But we can take comfort in knowing
that while Kennedy may have fooled Massachusetts voters and his

Democratic Senate
we`ve known the truth all along.

Joe Guzzardi
is a California native
who recently fled the state because of over-immigration,
over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He
has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the
growth rate stable.
long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the

Lodi News-Sentinel.