In Memoriam Senator Edward M. Kennedy—Joe`s Early Obituary
word leaked out that the Associated Press wrote
obituary in December 2007, the news caused a minor debate among
The AP Has Written Britney Spears` Obituary,
January 17, 2008]
writing early obits about famous figures like
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.
Obviously, Spears` obituary was never published.
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
A Maryland blogger
that as much as Kennedy loves refugees, you won`t find any on
with women half his age disgusting
A New Jersey
that Kennedy is one of few Americans who don`t have to wait in
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.
An Arizona senior
why Kennedy`s Senate colleagues admire him.
A Nevada reader
that Kennedy has little influence outside New England.
An Alabama reader
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.
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.
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
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
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. [Fortieth
Anniversary of Mary Jo Kopechne`s Drowning at
Chappaquiddick…Kennedy`s Story Still Doubtful,
by Dave Gibson, Examiner.com, 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
her striking looks. But her sheltered upbringing in
upscale Riverdale, NY
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
Kopechne`s funeral and Teddy`s court appearance three days
Summarizing the Chappaquiddick experience that she believes
started her deep personal decline, Joan told
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
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.
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
Teddy: In His Own
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."
you`ll get a timely laugh out of Kennedy`s 1978 prediction that
the Democrats under his leadership would bring
national health care
call Kennedy a "crusader," or a "minimum
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
addition, Kennedy voted for every
put in front of him.
And as far
as Kennedy`s "illustrious
family" goes, VDARE.COM readers have weighed on this subject
Kennedy nears the end of his life, our objective is first to
steel ourselves against the mawkish propaganda that will follow
task will be challenging. But we can take comfort in knowing
that while Kennedy may have fooled Massachusetts voters and his
we`ve known the truth all along.
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