Skip to comments.Getting Mean and Distinctly Ugly (Free Republic Dissed as 'Chappaquiddick-Type people')
Posted on 08/29/2009 2:01:07 PM PDT by kristinn
Two kinds of people reacted to news of Ted Kennedys death last week. The first not all liberals, either spoke of Kennedys hard work in the United States Senate, his dream of universal healthcare, his commitment to working people, civil rights and equality.
This most imperfect man, wrote analyst William Bradley, was also a powerful advocate for progressive principles. Barack Obama predictably (though accurately) observed that for America, he was a defender of a dream. In another variation on the visionary theme, Joe Biden said of his old friend, He was never small.
The other kind of reaction to Kennedys death could be summed up in one word: Chappaquiddick.
Not vision or health-care reform, not peacemaking or even Camelot. Just the controversial 40-year-old event, the ugliest single moment from the late senators 77 years on Earth, nearly 47 of them in public service. The small souls who spend their days hanging out in discussion forums at Free Republic, one of the U.S ultra-rights more popular online homes, greeted news of Kennedys death characteristically, flinging around words like traitor, coward, disgrace and, yes, references to the 1969 event. Chappaquiddick minds in a narrow, ungenerous world.
But the Chappaquiddick faction is not limited to either the United States or the senior senator from Massachusetts. Its a state of mind, a summation of everything that is small and cribbed and contemptible not unlike the sour (and embarrassing) one-line statement of perfunctory condolence on Wednesday from our own prime minister.
Chappaquiddick-type people possess a meanness of spirit that goes beyond simple politics. Theyre responsible for a creeping diminution of vision and values. In Canada, which used to appreciate largeness of soul, they even have a government platform, thanks to Stephen Harper and company.
Consider the dramatic case of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, picked up by the U.S. military in Afghanistan at 15, or child-soldier age. When Harpers government announced last week it would appeal again a ruling that it demand the Canadian-born Khadrs repatriation, lawyer Dennis Edney said he wasnt surprised. We are used to this mean-spirited approach.
But this governments disgraceful stand on Khadr the only Western detainee still in Guantanamo is just part of it. The limited worldview, the impulse toward whatever is most ungenerous, is how it operates.
Is the author a relative or a wannabe relative?
WOW...that stings and will leave a mark. I must go lie down and have a spot of tea.
Hard Work in the Senate??? Destroying this Country is all that fat Drunken woman killing scumbag ever did!
Blah, blah, blah. Let’s focus on the good John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy did while we’re at it. It’s no fair to focus on the murders. “How can they not see the wonders of universal health care and immigration reform he tried to bring the US?” How about because we *bitterly oppose both*?
Is that anything like a “single issue” voter?
There are so many reasons to despise Ted Kennedy.
Chappaquiddick is just the icing on the cake.
Pointing out the truth of just one matter is ugly to these people.
Yes, a vile man being called on his vilness doesn’t go over well with liberals.
The author is absolutely right. Chappaquiddick is just so much water under the bridge. Well, water and an Oldsmobile. And a 29-year-old woman. All under the bridge.
For instance: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2326792/posts
Besides.....”Kennedys hard work in the United States Senate, his dream of universal healthcare, his commitment to working people, civil rights and equality” was all nothing more than vile demagoguery intended to secure the ruling status of the limousine liberals by increasing the public’s dependence on a bloating government.
If you’re a liberal, the only reason Chappaquiddick isn’t the first thing to be associated with Ted is because they are too busy figuring out why it’s actually Bush’s fault...........
Said by a representative of those shown time and time again to be "generous" ONLY with other peoples' money and from the superior vantage point, such as Kennedy's high horse.
The only time liberals give a whit about decorum is when they're accusing those who want them to be accountable for their actions of not having it.
Chappaquiddick should have put Teddy in jail for a decade. Dern tootin’ we are harping on it.
Liberalism is a mental disorder. The amazing thing is their level of surety in their delusions.
I guess the libs have no problem with leaving a person in a car underwater to die.
Our big problem with the swimmer is not only did he do this, but because of his “royal” name, he got away with it. The law never applied to him, but it sure as hell would apply to an average citizen. This above the law crap is what really makes people mad.
This most imperfect man, wrote analyst William Bradley, was also a powerful advocate for progressive principles.
This bit of tripe is evocative of absolutely nothing - I’m not even sure of what she’s trying to say, other than call people who disagree with her names.
This most imperfect man, wrote analyst William Bradley, was also a powerful advocate for progressive principles.Those 'priciples' again are ????
Near as I can figure, it involves using other people's money to impose one's own view of how life is to be lived, along with the thoughts one is to 'think' (as in 'PC' thought) while living that proscribed 'life' ...
What’s a little murder when you’ve got a good heart?
” Largeness of Soul “. ???
Holy Crap.!! I’m staying out of Eastern Canada.
Oh Janice, you have a misdemeanor mind in a felony world.
The term, "Public service" has taken on a whole new meaning in the past decade or so. Hard to believe they're still using this term, that is about as accurate as the term, "Public servant".
Our culture has a frightening capacity to overlook character altogether when idolizing role models. Elvis was a weak, self-indulgent bum, and Michael Jackson was a drug addicted child molester, but these failings present no impediment to their being worshipped like living gods. When did we quit caring about character?
I’m sure Mao, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Castro, Chavez, Hussein and all other marxists, who are not as well known, are all sincere in their true belief in marxism just like Kennedy, but don’t wait for me to feel sorry when a marxist leaves this life to stand in front of Jesus to be judged for all eternity and has to explain himself.
One might almost call it jackbooted.
They're not the ones who drove the car into the water and then waited hours before reporting it.
Servicing the public like a bull services a cow.
Janice Kennedy - just a bitter nagging shrew
doubtful that even today Ted would face charges
Ted has gone to meet his maker... Be interesting to know if he gets a pass for Mary Jo's death, Joan's despair, alchoholism, womanizing, abortion facilitator, changing Catholic church rules to suit his own purposes, etc.
I actually had a moderator remove one of my own posts last night.
There was no profanity in it. There was nothing untrue in it. I was simply angry at having lived my adult life with this man as my Senator the entire time, and the heat of it came out in my post.
I guess living up here, seeing and hearing the hagiographic platitudes about him has been a trial.
Ideology is all that counts, and apparently it forgives all sins.
Hollywood, a group which today complains bitterly about being pirated while itself being a product of pirating, has brought us the culture of celebrity. The image that flashes by on the screen or stage is all that matters. Pay No Attention To The Monsters Behind The Curtain!
These people do not grasp the reality to what demented, wicked souls they are. There is not an untruthful word in the assessments made of Ted Kennedy. He was a very troubled man of extreme privelege and partisanship who did everything to hold onto power and there are countless examples of the hateful words spoken by Teddy that tossed around malicious slanders at Reagan, Bush and anyone who dared have differing political views. There are those on the Republican side who do not want to focus on the true character of the man and what he meant and their way of doing things is to build someone up and say the most overly gracious, even to the point of lying, things about him. To each their own, but if anything it is damning that they find these things said about him so troubling when he was a supposedly ‘great’ man and these things are the literal truth about this ‘great’ man. The man was troubled and does not deserve to be called a hero or great statesman.
Why can't I meet a Kennedy??
A President covers up a small break-in to the DNC. BIG DEAL. A Senator is responsible for the death of a woman. NO BIG DEAL.
Haha! WELL SAID! LOL!
Chappaquiddick-type = Canadian label thrown on American
patriots who would willingly pull an injured woman
from a sinking car, in which she will otherwise suffocate
Janice Kennedy = supporter of any murderer who would leave
an injured woman in the sinking car. She claims that any
such rescue would be “meanness of spirit”.
The Ottawa Citizen — Agrees with Janice Kennedy.
Better to let the victim die, in pain, slowly,
shriveling, even though she could have been rescued.
Personally, I have the vapors.
“hard work”?? These politicians have cushy lives, especially Kennedys
I guess Mary Jo was just having a bad day.
People need to pay attention to attitudes such as these, because they highlight the typical liberal conceit.
Namely, it doesn’t matter how big a scumbag I am, because I do so many good works. Nevermind that my good works mostly involve taking money from hard-working people and giving it to layabouts.
“Chappaquiddick-type people possess a meanness of spirit that goes beyond simple politics”
So, Janice Kennedy, have you ever put your imaginative ability to work, thinking about what it’s like being left trapped in a submerged automobile?
What kind of “meanness of spirit” do you think you would be thinking about as you choked in your last breaths waiting to die over a period of hours?
Will you please think about that before writing any more articles?
I love how their ‘truth’ is that Mary Jo Kopechne drowned when she in fact suffocated and was alive for some time before dying while Ted didn’t so much as report it for 9 hrs! That is really what is so evil about that.
Troubled? How about troubleSOME!
Miss Kennedy's classically liberal self-righteous condemnation of all with values that differ from her "enlightened" view upon her high horse is a "state of mind" as well.
It's a worldview that is polluted as result of having grown out of the swamp that results from losing respect for the sanctity of life.
The fact that the views she curses are beyond her comprehension is not surprising.
In order to rationalize her embracing of liberal ideology, a key foundational stone of which is justifying the killing of thousands of innocent babies every sing day requires such twisted logic to preserve her sanity and self-preservation.
Otherwise she would never be able to look in a mirror without revulsion.