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The end of the Kennedy dynasty : Comments

By Brendon O'Connor, published 28/8/2009

The last decade of Ted Kennedy's career was his best and rightly earned him the label 'the liberal conscience of the Senate'.

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I wonder if any obituary written about the late US Senator Ted
Kennedy will include the following words written by him in 1971?

“While the deep concern of a woman bearing an unwanted child merits
consideration and sympathy, it is my personal feeling that the
legalization of abortion on demand is not in accordance with the value
which our civilization places on human life. 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."

“On the question of the individual’s freedom of choice there are easily available birth control methods and information which women may employ to prevent or postpone pregnancy. But once life has begun, no matter at what stage of growth, it is my belief that termination should not be decided merely by desire," he added.

“When history looks back to this era it should recognize this generation as one which cared about human beings enough to halt the practice of war, to provide a decent living for every family, and to fulfill its responsibility to its children from the very moment of conception," he concluded.

Probably not. Ted Kennedy lacked the courage of his convictions. He failed in the first instance the author of the American Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson's principle "The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government." Sadly for him, history will look back at this era and recognize that he didn't care enough about human beings to take responsibility for children from the very moment of conception.
Posted by Denny, Friday, 28 August 2009 3:42:54 PM
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Well done Denny, first class effort. His casket isn't even in the ground yet and you pull out a quote three decades old to score the cheapest political shot possible for your own political agenda. You should apply for a job as a PR manager for Family First.

That the quotes show that he once stood shoulder to shoulder with your views should teach any of your friends valuable lesson- don't turn your back or you'll get a knife in it.
Posted by Bugsy, Saturday, 29 August 2009 10:45:03 PM
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Edward Kennedy had a great weight placed on his
shoulders with the assassination of his two
brothers - it was up to him to continue the
Kennedy tradition of 'servitude,' for his country.
No small job for any man - but an especially
difficult one - it must have been - having lost
two brothers so tragically.

Chappaquidick and other scandals haunted him in his
earlier years. However one thing was clear - he loved
the Senate, and took his job as Senator seriously -
serving in the Senate for some 46 years.

His legislative achievements are legendary. They're too
numerous to mention here (- google them for yourself if
you're interested). His willingness to work with the other
side gained him the respect of all who worked with him.
His philosophy was - you were either part of the problem
or part of the solution. He chose to be part of the solution -
and was willing to work with anybody to get bills passed.

He campioned lowering the voting age to 18. He co-sponsored
the State Children's Health Insurance Program - so no poor
child was deprived of health care. He introduced the
Americans with Disabilities Act - so that people with
disabilities could not be discriminated against in job
applications, and the list goes on. He passed Immigration
Legislation Reform, Medicare Prescription Drug Program,
Pension Reform, Collective Bargaining Bill...

America's a better place today - Thanks to Edward Kennedy.
Let's hope that another law maker of his stature will
replace him in the Senate.

May he rest in peace.
Posted by Foxy, Sunday, 30 August 2009 8:39:59 PM
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His two elder brothers were moral and political giants who threatened the corrupt US oligarchy and that is why they were murdered.

However I don't know that much about Ted Kennedy.

A clue may be found in the fact the Murdoch media, that beacon of truth and objectivity, consistently went out of its way to prevent Ted Kennedy become US President.

It seemed as is if every time Kennedy announced his intention to seek nomination for President, the Murdoch press rediscovered Chappaquidick and no sooner than he would drop out from the race the pursuit of Kennedy over Chappaquidick would be dropped.


I disagree with Foxy that Immigration 'reform' was a plus. Higher legal immigration together with higher illegal immigration has caused the US to become overpopulated and destroyed the standards of living of poorer Americans.
Posted by daggett, Wednesday, 2 September 2009 12:48:45 AM
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