My only thoughts on Ted Kennedy

The news says Ted Kennedy will be buried at Arlington. I am personally offended and repulsed by this, as I do not believe that a lifelong enemy of the Constitution has any right to share the soils with our nation’s greatest heroes.

Our heroes, our warriors, our sons, brothers, parents, wives, and daughters who gave their lives to defend the ideals of our nation hold that ground. In his life Ted Kennedy wasn’t worthy of the blood those men and women shed, and in death to inter him in the same soil is an offront to the memories of those who fought and died for America. May Arlington’s ghosts reject you, Ted.

12 thoughts on “My only thoughts on Ted Kennedy”

  1. In order to be buried in Arlington there are several rules. Ted Kennedy met the requirements twice. Any serving member of congress can be buried in Arlington. Two any one who served honorable can be buried at Arlington.

    Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in June 1951. Following basic training at Fort Dix, he went to Camp Gordon for training in the Military Police Corps In June 1952, he was assigned to the honor guard at SHAPE headquarters in Paris. He was discharged in March 1953 as a private first class.

    So he is allowed to be buried next two his two brothers in Arlington.

  2. I didn’t like Ted’s anti-gun politics, but this is just being small minded and petty. And if he meets the requirements for burial at Arlington, let him RIP with his brothers.

    Considering how violently both his older brothers were murdered, I can understand his not being enthusiastically pro-gun rights. Not saying his position was justified, just an understandable and common (but irrational) reaction of people who lose loved ones to violent crime.

    Ted also did a lot of good for regular Americans on other issues; he was just wrong about gun rights. So is Yoko Ono. Doesn’t mean they’re wrong across the board, in my book.

  3. If someone would point me to the list of actual good things Ted had done, that’d be great.

    I’m not opposed to him being buried in Arlington because of his gun politics, I’m opposed to him being buried in Arlington because he 1) killed a woman, 2) was generally not equal to the character of the heroes buried there.

  4. This should give a good idea of the different bills and laws that Senator Kennedy had a hand in over the years.

    Regardless of your belief in the character of the man, if you have worked with, lived near, dated or married someone whose family immigrated to the US from a non-Northern European country since 1964, you have been touched by his legacy.

    If you or your family has benefitted from bilingual education since 1968, you’ve been touched by his legacy.

    If you’ve gone to a public school that has been improved due to federal funding since 1967, you’ve been touched by his legacy.

    If you’ve been able to vote since you were 18, you’ve been touched by his legacy.

    If you enjoy collegiate women’s sports, you’ve watched his legacy.

    If you or your family have been affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that’s his legacy at work.

    Women who have had mammograms have been affected by his legacy since 1992, since he helped pass the Mammography Quality Standards Act.

    Direct Lending program? He helped get it enacted. Americorps? He helped get them off the ground. FMLA? He worked on that, too. HIPAA? Yup.

    Did everything he work on improve the nation? No. Nor has anyone else’s stuff. Was he totally clean? No. Nor has any other senator been. But did he do a damn lot of stuff to try to improve things? Yes. He was an effective senator in getting laws and acts enacted that were intended to improve the lot of those who didn’t have his advantages.

  5. I have to agree with some of the other posters comments here. Regardless of his poor stance on gun rights, Senator Kennedy worked tirelessly to improve our country. He, like McCain, was a true bipartisan and he had a bigger legislative impact than either of his more famous brothers.

    I’m proud to have him buried at Arlington.

  6. If you think Federal funding has improved American education for students you’re a fucking idiot. Or a teacher. But I repeat myself.

  7. Any serving member of congress can be buried in Arlington.

    I think that he stayed in Congress because some folks didn’t have the balls to hammer him to the fucking wall for Mary Jo’s death.

    I hope they bury him under the septic tanks in Arlington…

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