The Passing of Senator Kennedy

Although he was ill for some time now, I would expect the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy still came as quite a shock to many people. Unlike many other commentators, to borrow a quote from Shakespeare’s Marc Antony, I seek not to praise, but to bury him. Now everyone can agree that Senator Kennedy was a man who was passionate about his politics and I can certainly respect such enthusiasm for American governance. However, he consistently sought to use the federal government as a tool to reshape society in a liberal image, irrespective of the Constitutional limitations. He attempted to tear down our immigration laws and supported the murder of the unborn. So I ask, how can I honor such a man? I could continue on, but out of respect for the dead I shall refrain at this time. Nevertheless, the bottom-line remains that his philosophy and mine are incompatible and I believe he did much harm to the citizens of this nation.

Still, I ask you to join me in praying for the Kennedy family. Although we knew him as the liberal senior Senator from Massachusetts, they knew him as a father, brother, and uncle. Let’s remember them in their time of mourning.

One Reply to “The Passing of Senator Kennedy”

  1. Once again, I find the VA Conservative’s choice in quotations intriguing. In Julius Caesar, after saying, “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him, ” Marc Antony goes on to indeed praise Caesar and implicate Brutus and others in Caesar’s death before a group of citizens that turns on Brutus and the other conspirators. Ever the resourceful, adaptable politician, Marc Antony shows how Brutus, however good-intentioned, has done a horrible thing in participating in and celebrating Caesar’s death. In the end, the people whom Brutus tried to save (through the murder of a respected leader) turn on him.

    While the appeal for prayers is appropriate and admirable, it is a token piece of restraint amidst attacks on a dead man. The rest of the post was in poor taste. The ‘respect’ referred to in the first paragraph is ill-placed among phrases such as “murder of the unborn” and “he did much harm”. It isn’t respect to stop beating a man when you’ve already given him several blows. While we need not lionize him, a true show of respect would be at least waiting until he is buried before condemning his life efforts. Brutus would have done well to give Rome some grieving time before condemning Caesar, and the VA Conservative would do well to give America the same respite.

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