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


When
word leaked out that the Associated Press wrote


Britney Spears`

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

January 17, 2008]

While
writing early obits about famous figures like


Frank Sinatra

or

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.

AP
defended its action by correctly saying that the singer was an

emotional

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


terrible driving
record
,
pile her car into a telephone pole.


Obviously, Spears` obituary was never published.

But
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


loyal VDARE.COM
readers

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
immigration.

And
over the span of several years, our


letter writers

have been at least as critical of Kennedy as


VDARE.COM`s editorial
collective
.

Here`s
a sampling.


  • A California lawyer

    recalled

    when Kennedy

    cheated on a basic
    Spanish test

    while a Harvard
    undergraduate.



  • A Maryland blogger

    reminded us

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




  • A Colorado
    photographer


    found Kennedy`s
    philandering

    with women half his age disgusting





  • A New Jersey
    programmer


    speculated

    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

    confirmed

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







  • A Michigan Roman
    Catholic


    wondered

    why Kennedy`s immigration enthusiasm wasn`t dampened when


    Sirhan Sirhan

    killed his brother Bobby.







  • An Arizona senior
    citizen


    doesn`t understand

    why Kennedy`s Senate colleagues admire him.








  • A Nevada reader

    thinks

    that Kennedy has little influence outside New England.









  • An Alabama reader

    called Kennedy

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










  • A Texas Reader

    said

    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.

One
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
open.

Not
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
that


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."

[
The
Ascent of Ted Kennedy,

Time Magazine, January
10, 1969]

Only
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.

During
the four decades since


Chappaquiddick,

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

While
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.

Joan
was part-time model used in television commercials by


Coca-Cola

and

Revlon
.
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.

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

The
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
later.


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
alcoholic."
[
The
Fall of Joan
,

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

What
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.

Since
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
Words.


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
share


my interest

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


John F. Kennedy

and

Richard Nixon.

And
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
wage"
and



"civil rights
activist"

is ridiculously far off the mark.


Kennedy


"crusaded"

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.

That`s
hardly the route a true civil rights
"crusader" would
take.

In
addition, Kennedy voted for every


non-immigrant worker
visa bill

put in front of him.

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




               

A retired New York
government worker


found

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
.

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

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


Democratic Senate
cronies
,
we`ve known the truth all along.

Joe Guzzardi
[email
him]
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.
A
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.