Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I note with no sadness whatsoever that Senator Edward Kennedy, of Chappaquiddick fame, died last night.
I may be criticised for saying it, but if anyone left the world a better place by leaving it, he did. I can only hope that Mary Jo Kopechne was there to greet him appropriately when he arrived on the other side.
It wasn't only because of Chappaquiddick that I say this. Senator Kennedy was an amoral, completely cynical politician who laid waste to any and every cause he touched. He denied and rode roughshod over the moral teachings of his purported religious faith (but still had the gall to write personally to the Pope a few weeks ago); he was one of the most Left-wing individuals in the Senate, laying waste to the Constitution and perjuring his oath of office in much of the legislation he sponsored; and he epitomized the 'do as I say, don't do as I do' school of politics, putting on a brave front of moral indignation when necessary, but behaving utterly amorally when out of the public eye.
It's a devastating commentary on the quality of the people of Massachusetts that they continued to elect him to office for over four decades.
He avoided, evaded and dodged justice for all these years on earth. May he finally be brought to account now, before the Judge to Whom all of us must one day answer. I'll pray for mercy for him, just as I will for any dead or dying person: but in his case, it'll take an awful lot of it to counterbalance the scales of human, cosmic and even Divine justice that he perversely and cynically warped for so very, very long.
I suggest the late Senator be buried at sea. There's a tidal channel off Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts that might be the perfect location . . . and sea-water's good for fighting fires, too. For Senator Kennedy, wherever he is now, that might come in very useful.