Friday, August 28, 2009

What is the "Kennedy Legacy?"


...besides being rich, and famous.

During his coverage of the Kennedy procession to Boston yesterday, FNC's Shepard Smith implied that Americans should turn a blind eye to the embarrassing power grab about to happen in Massachusetts. What reason did good old Shep give? Teddy often visited people in the hospital and prayed for them without alerting the press of his altruistic actions. Are you kidding me? We should reverse a law that he wanted changed in the first place because he did nice things every once in a while?

A few days ago a friend of mine was remarking that her parents had never put much value or thought into money...but, here's the thing, they always had money. A lot of it actually. It's easy to claim money is trivial if you have it. It's easy to spend time being altruistic when you aren't living paycheck to paycheck. Is it really such a celebratory thing when Oprah, Angelina Jolie or any of the Kennedys do something for charity...? What else do they have to do with their time? It isn't costing them anything but time...

I was thinking I was going to acknowledge the many years of service Teddy gave... He was rich and didn't have to work. He didn't have to clean up his act (for the most part) and fight for causes he believed in. A part of me ruffles at congratulating someone for things they should do...

It's also hard to try to shed light on some positive things Teddy did when his "dying wish" (with the dementia involved with the last days of a brain tumor, could he have actually written this) is a laughably partisan power grab? Not that any of it should be surprising...have you ever read how Joe Kennedy ensured JFK got his Senate seat...?

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