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Burden of Truth: Kennedy's Achilles Heel
Human Events Online ^ | 11 January 2006 | Judie Brown

Posted on 01/10/2006 7:56:05 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) recently wrote a scathing commentary for the Washington Post. He took Judge Samuel Alito to task and actually suggested that the judge had serious credibility problems. Some might find this humorous, considering the long record Senator Kennedy has of recreating truth to suit his personal notion of history. For example, how many different versions of the Mary Jo Kopechne story have you heard? Even the senator couldn’t get it straight for years.

At any rate, his verbal volleys at Judge Alito seem a bit hypocritical to me, even if I give the senator the benefit of the doubt. In his editorial, the Massachusetts senator quotes Judge Alito’s 1985 job application, which he suggests Alito is now attempting to walk away from. In fact the senator writes that when he and others met with Alito, Alito attempted to distance himself from his comments in that application; comments that are making the liberals a bit nervous. And the senator asks, “Is he [Alito] saying that he really did not mean what he said” 20 years ago?

Senator Kennedy has himself forgotten what he said in contradicting himself on the question of abortion. So why should he be shocked by the judge’s comments? It was in 1971 that Senator Kennedy wrote that abortion on demand “is not in accordance with the value which our civilization places on human life.” Then Roe v. Wade was decided, and the senator’s position took a 180-degree turn. Does this mean he did not mean what he wrote in 1971?

It most certainly does. Since Roe v. Wade the senator has turned handstands for the culture of death, all in the name of freedom of choice. How dare he now question a judge who pandered to a potential employer by making statements the White House wanted to hear, but today faces reality? If only the senator were that honorable when it came to the actual facts regarding the killing of preborn children.

Kennedy also claims that when Alito was a senior at Princeton, circa 1972, he was part of a group that resisted growing numbers of women, African Americans, Hispanics and disabled persons on campus to the point of blatant discrimination. He characterized such a radical viewpoint as “right wing.” Perhaps, but most of us who think rationally would have to say that such a negative response to changing times, if in fact it did occur some 34 years ago, was not only wrong-headed but downright stupid. We don’t know what Alito was thinking in 1972 or why he was involved in the “Concerned Alumni of Princeton” debacle, but apparently whatever it was, the senator is going to hold Alito to it even now. One has to suppose the senator does not believe people can ever mature, or admit to their errors, or simply deal with mistakes in an admirable way.

The senator should know all about that. The senator claims to be Catholic, but has spent an inordinate amount of time chastising the Catholic Church and in fact has described some of us as zealots. He has followed in the footsteps of his brother John, who chose while he was running for president to make it clear that he would never let his religion have any effect whatsoever on his decision-making as chief executive. God forbid that the moral law would be the foundation for someone’s leadership!

Senator Kennedy has not only acted foolishly in his dubious comments about religion, but has gotten bolder and spoken with increasingly crass disrespect as the years have gone by. So one could say that while Alito has grown a bit in character Kennedy has been in reverse for a long time.

The senator has written about why Alito should have recused himself in one case, and how Alito has pledged in past Senate confirmation hearings to be totally impartial. But of course the senator can find situations where Alito has not, in his opinion, been impartial. Now I looked up the words that seem to be part of the Kennedy ridicule-Alito-and-to-heck-with-the-facts lexicon, and it gave me a chuckle.

To recuse one’s self, for example, means that a person would disqualify himself due to a conflict of interest. Not only should a judge who has such a conflict be honest enough to take himself out of the debate when such a situation occurs, but so should an elected official. And yet, in Senator Kennedy’s case, where there is constant conflict between what the Catholic Church teaches (his professed Church) and what, as he claims, his constituents demand of him, he will side with the culture of death every time rather than removing himself from the situation by putting the truth ahead of reelection. Does it not seem strange that now he is accusing Judge Alito of not removing himself from a case due to his investment of money when Senator Kennedy refuses to remove himself from support for abortion even though his faith should mean more to him than power or votes?

And then there’s the matter of impartiality. To be impartial, one must treat any question with balance, showing no favoritism to one perspective or the other. Well, if Senator Kennedy were impartial and fair-minded in his public statements about interest groups with which he is personally at odds, he would never stoop to using pejorative terms to describe what they do. Further, if the good senator were honest and fair, he would not dismiss the Ten Commandments as though they were nothing more than ten recommendations.

If there ever was an editorial that reeked of hypocrisy, disingenuous carping and superciliousness, the Washington Post’s publication of Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s “Alito’s Credibility Problem” is it. When the writer of such a column is guilty of creating scandal in his Church and emoting disdain for the intrinsic value of individual human beings, it seems unthinkable that he would wage verbal war on another member of the legal profession, who unlike him, has made not the first comment using language that smacks of cheekiness and downright contempt.

Mrs. Brown is president and co-founder of American Life League, the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life educational grassroots organization. She is a recognized expert on the sanctity of human life and member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; alito; alitohearings; confirmation; justicealito; kennedy; kopechne; lardass; scotus; teddykennedy; tedkennedy; ussenate
Anyone else get the feeling this has turned from a confirmation hearing on Alito into a "Shooting Lard Ass in a barrel" contest?
1 posted on 01/10/2006 7:56:09 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: All

Ask Teddy about Mary Jo
Email him here:
action@tedkennedy.com


2 posted on 01/10/2006 8:05:47 PM PST by Nalu
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To: Aussie Dasher

Achilles Gut


3 posted on 01/10/2006 8:08:09 PM PST by Darkwolf377 ("Stay off our corner!")
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To: Aussie Dasher

Maybe Teddy should take a few days off,call in sick or something.The truth shines down on him like sunlight on a vampire.


4 posted on 01/10/2006 8:08:12 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: Farmer Dean

I heard Kennedy wanted to ask Judge Ali Ito why he let OJ go free, but his staff talked him out of it.


5 posted on 01/10/2006 8:09:49 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (It is easy to call for a pi$$ing contest when you aren't going to be in the line of fire.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

bttt


6 posted on 01/10/2006 8:14:10 PM PST by timestax
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To: Aussie Dasher
It was a hoot listening today to Kennedy. A man who decided that his career was more important than a human life, lecturing us on more morality.

Amazing.

7 posted on 01/10/2006 8:14:19 PM PST by lizma
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To: lizma
I still get sick at my stomach at the remembrance of Fat Boy proclaiming Jeff Sessons (yes, the now Senator Jeff Sessions who handed Kennedy his a$$ yesterday) unfit to serve on the judiciary.
8 posted on 01/10/2006 8:19:51 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (It is easy to call for a pi$$ing contest when you aren't going to be in the line of fire.)
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To: lizma
Why don't Pubes. pound away at this windbag's past every time he opens his mouth. I remember, during the Clarance Thomas hearings, one Repub. did tell little teddy he had no business lecturing anybody. They never bring up specifics.
9 posted on 01/10/2006 8:23:10 PM PST by WesternPacific
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To: Aussie Dasher

http://www.ytedk.com


10 posted on 01/10/2006 8:25:16 PM PST by Luigi Vasellini (60% of Saudis, 58%of Iraqis, 55%of Kuwaitis,50% of Jordanians married 1st or 2nd cousins. LOL!!!)
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To: lizma

This Kennedy has been handled his whole life. He has people who tell him what to think. I found it humorous to watch swimmer read everything he had to "ask" and Alito did not.


11 posted on 01/10/2006 8:25:33 PM PST by mirkwood (If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? -Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Even with (what some might estimate as) the a train load of scotch that has likely corroded his brain and liver, I have absolutely no idea how Edward* Kennedy lives with himself.

How this remorseless monster can judge, and criticize, others who are clearly morally and intellectually superior to Mister Kennedy is beyond comprehension.

* I choose not to use cordial, familiar terms such as "Teddy" when writing about Edward Kennedy.

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12 posted on 01/10/2006 8:27:26 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: WesternPacific

Protocol. Parliamentiary procedure. Harrumph.


13 posted on 01/10/2006 8:27:44 PM PST by mirkwood (If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? -Abraham Lincoln)
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To: mirkwood

Yeah....it's like watching a 4 year old with a CONSERVATIVE College Professor......you cringe....


14 posted on 01/10/2006 8:28:44 PM PST by goodnesswins (Lies never sleep)
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To: Seaplaner

I'm told he does answer to "Lard Ass", as in "Lard Ass, your cocktail is ready!"


15 posted on 01/10/2006 8:30:03 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Seaplaner

He does NOT "live with himself"......people who drink are doing so USUALLY because they can't LIVE with SOMETHING, including THEMSELVES..


16 posted on 01/10/2006 8:30:05 PM PST by goodnesswins (Lies never sleep)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I went to swimmer's site, and there is no contact besides snail mail that I could find. http://kennedy.senate.gov/


17 posted on 01/10/2006 8:33:31 PM PST by mirkwood (If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? -Abraham Lincoln)
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To: mirkwood

Here's a contact: http://tedkennedy.com/page/s/contact


18 posted on 01/10/2006 8:42:41 PM PST by mirkwood (If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? -Abraham Lincoln)
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To: mirkwood

You can also contact Kennedy for Senate by e-mailing us at http://info@tedkennedy.com">http://info@tedkennedy.com.


19 posted on 01/10/2006 8:45:25 PM PST by mirkwood (If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? -Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Kennedy also claims that when Alito was a senior at Princeton, circa 1972, he was part of a group that resisted growing numbers of women, African Americans, Hispanics and disabled persons on campus to the point of blatant discrimination.

Chuck Schumer belongs to a group that excludes women from full membership.

Chauvinist Schumer

Here's a question that Chuckie will dodge--
"Can a woman belong to your lodge?"
Female Masons he'd thwart,
But he'd help gals abort
Chuck's thinking is such a hodge-podge.


20 posted on 01/10/2006 8:46:48 PM PST by syriacus (Chuck Schumer is outclassed intellectually by Bush's judicial nominees.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"err... ahhh...
err... ahh...
~hic~
*burp*
zzzzzzzzzzz


21 posted on 01/10/2006 9:06:43 PM PST by Fudd Fan (God bless President Bush! (Water Bucket Brigade member - MOOSEMUSS!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

bttt


22 posted on 01/10/2006 9:16:40 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Over THREE THOUSAND PEOPLE lost their 'civil liberties' on September 11, 2001.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"One has to suppose the senator does not believe people can ever mature, or admit to their errors, or simply deal with mistakes in an admirable way."

Well, Teddy the Swimmer doesn't, so he probably assumes that no one else does, either.

These DemonRats have no shame...


23 posted on 01/10/2006 9:24:29 PM PST by Altamira (Get the UN out of the US, and the US out of the UN!)
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To: mirkwood

Hey dude, I hit the 85th + percentile on the GRE with a horrible hangover using two thirds of the allotted time, took the ACT once as a HS junior with a composite score of 31 (made a 24 in history, so you guess the rest), and passed the EIT exam on the first try(also over 85% score) in half the time allotted because I became hungry during the morning session and felt the urge to see my girlfriend that afternoon. I have used notes during every public speech I have ever made just so I dont forget anything. That being said, I don't sit there wearing my bifocals looking at my notes for every word. I'm not bragging on myself since I'm just a hillbilly Mech. Engr. and part of the second generation of my family to graduate from college. The first was my mother.

Compared to the rest of the Senate as a whole (hole....lol), Kennedy is about average. True conservatives leave him in their mental dust, but compared to the RINOS and Dems, he's a mental giant. How he, Leahy, Byrd, Kerry, Harkin, Schumer et al keep being elected by what are supposed to be the smartest voters in this country is beyond me. Maybe that group of voters are really just educated beyond their intelligence, which seems to have occurred at around the fifth grade. Most stopped sometime during kindergarten due to their repeated protests of "not fair".


24 posted on 01/10/2006 10:15:58 PM PST by 308MBR (After over 20 years of GOP only, I'm voting a split ticket in 'O6 and hoping for gridlock.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

What Senator Kennedy seems to be saying to me is that if he had it to do over since he left Mary Jo to die the way she did the first time he would do the same thing all over again. SO BE IT Teddy!


25 posted on 01/11/2006 6:03:44 AM PST by gunnedah
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