1. GMFWoodchuck

    GMFWoodchuck New Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    My purpose is not to malign the reputation of a well known public official, but to point out the difference between real history and media propaganda. Let the chips fall where they may ............ and intelligently: Let's just call a spade ..... a spade, or as when Sgt. Friday said on Dragnet, "The Facts, mamam, just the facts.

    (What follows is shown as received.)

    Ted Kennedy's Legacy:

    As soon as his cancer was detected, I noticed the immediate attempt at the "canonization" of old Teddy Kennedy by the mainstream media. They are saying what a "great American" he is. I say, let's get a couple things clear & not twist the facts to change the real history.

    1. He was caught cheating at Harvard when he attended it. He was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a classmate to cheat for him.

    2. While expelled, Kennedy enlisted in the Army, but mistakenly signed up for four years instead of two. Oops! The man can't count to four! His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, former U.S. Ambassador to England (a step up from bootlegging liquor into the US from Canada during prohibition), pulled the necessary strings to have his enlistment shortened to two years, and to ensure that he served in Europe, not Korea , where a war was raging. No preferential treatment for him! (like the charge that President Bush received).

    3. Kennedy was assigned to Paris , never advanced beyond the rank of Private, and returned to Harvard upon being discharged.. Imagine a person of his "education" NEVER advancing past the rank of Private!

    4. While attending law school at the University of Virginia , he was cited for reckless driving four times, including once when he was clocked driving 90 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood with his headlights off after dark. Yet his Virginia driver's license was never revoked. Coincidentally, he passed the bar exam in 1959. Amazing!

    5. In 1964, he was seriously injured in a plane crash, and hospitalized for several months. Test results done by the hospital at the time he was admitted had shown he was legally intoxicated. The results of those tests remained a "state secret" until in the 1980's when the report was unsealed. Didn't hear about that from the unbiased media, did we?

    6. On July 19, 1969, Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts . At about 11:00 PM, he borrowed his chauffeur's keys to his Oldsmobile limousine, and offered to give a ride home to Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker. Leaving the island via an unlit bridge with no guard rail, Kennedy steered the car off the bridge, flipped, and into Poucha Pond.

    7. He swam to shore and walked back to the party, passing several houses and a fire station. Two friends then returned with him to the scene of the accident. According to their later testimony, they told him what he already knew - that he was required by law to immediately report the accident to the authorities. Instead Kennedy made his way to his hotel, called his lawyer, and went to sleep. Kennedy called the police the next morning and by then the wreck had already been discovered. Before dying, Kopechne had scratched at the upholstered floor above her head in the upside-down car.

    The Kennedy family began "calling in favors", ensuring that any inquiry would be contained. Her corpse was whisked out-of-state to her family, before an autopsy could be conducted. Further details are uncertain, but after the accident Kennedy says he repeatedly dove under the water trying to rescue Kopechne and he didn't call police because he was in a state of shock. It is widely assumed Kennedy was drunk, and he held off calling police in hopes that his family could fix the problem overnight. Since the accident, Kennedy's "political enemies" have referred to him as the distinguished Senator from Chappaquiddick. He pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and was given a SUSPENDED SENTENCE OF TWO MONTHS. Kopechne's family received a small payout from the Kennedy's insurance policy, and never sued. There was later an effort to have her body exhumed and autopsied, but her family successfully fought against this in court, and Kennedy's family paid their attorney's bills... a "token of friendship"?

    8. Kennedy has held his Senate seat for more than forty years, but considering his longevity, his accomplishments seem scant. He authored or argued for legislation that ensured a variety of civil rights, increased the minimum wage in 1981, made access to health care easier for the indigent, and funded Meals on Wheels for fixed-income seniors and is widely held as the "standard-bearer for liberalism". In his very first Senate role, he was the floor manager for the bill that turned U.S. immigration policy upside down and opened the floodgate for immigrants from third world countries.

    9. Since that time, he has been the prime instigator and author of every expansion of an increase in immigration, up to and including the latest attempt to grant amnesty to illegal aliens. Not to mention the pious grilling he gave the last two Supreme Court nominees, as if he was the standard bearer for the nation in matters of "what's right". What a pompous ass!

    10. He is known around Washington as a public drunk, loud, boisterous and very disrespectful to ladies. JERK is a better description than "great American". "A blonde in every pond" was his motto.

    Let's not allow the spin doctors make this jerk a hero -- how quickly the American public forgets what his real legacy is.

    My note: Too many young people have never heard the above circumstances, and many of you may have only heard parts, or have forgotten some of them. "To forgive and forget" is one thing, but to hide the facts and glorify a disgusting individual is another. Ted Kennedy never earned anything in life. Everything he had was handed to him one way or another via political pressure, coverups, or people just being bought off through the money of the cherished "patriarch", Joseph P. Kennedy, who was nothing more than an Irish bootlegger/racketeer with flowerly titles and political connections. Represent the American people ???? I don't think so. What beliefs and goals of the farmers of Nebraska & Kansas, the factory workers of Ohio & Pennsylvania, or the coal miners of Kentucky & West Virginia did this "icon" ever understand, embrace, or promote? None! If he was ever "in touch with reality", then the rest of us were not.

    At the begining of each "Superman" show, these principles were promoted:

    "Truth, Justice, and The American Way."

    None of which were ever seen in the morals and ethics of "Teddy".

    This was a fowarded email sent to me.
  2. Terry_P

    Terry_P New Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    I live in NH but worked in Mass before retiring. In my last position a part of my job was community relations. Our company sponsored the gov't relations committee of the local Chamber of Commerce and I was on the committee. The committee decided to get Ted Kennedy to speak (not my idea but I didn't want to dictate). The rules were: breakfast was out because it was too early and by dinnertime he wouldn't be coherent so lunch from 11:00 to 12:00 it was.

  3. GMFWoodchuck

    GMFWoodchuck New Member

    Oct 9, 2008
    Binghamton, NY
    Let me guess....He was already drunk.
  4. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    He never met a gun bill he didn't like; was VERY big in wanting to disarm everyone.

    Then there was the time that his bodyguard was stopped and found to be carying several illegal weapons - -

    Do as I say, not as I do -
  5. 45nut

    45nut Well-Known Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    Let's see, how long has Teddy been roasting in Hell? Not long enough yet, but it will be eventually. :mad:
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