August 26, 2009

Why I won't mourn

So Massachusetts Senator Edward M Kennedy passed-away last night at the age of 77, losing his long battle with brain cancer, and I gather that the polite thing to feel is grief and the polite thing to do is to mourn.

But I don't, and I won't.

Look, I'm not happy he's dead - so don't get that idea.  I'm sorry for his family's loss, and I hope they will find Peace with it.  I'm sorry when anyone dies; but as a Catholic (like, ahem, the late Senator) I know that death is an inevitable part of life and that it is a Beginning, rather than an End.

But the guy hasn't even been dead 24-hours yet and the cries of "SAINT TEDDY!!!!" are already starting to make me sick.

Let's make one thing clear - Ted Kennedy was not a "public servant".  He was a politician, particularly adept at using his family name and connections to acquire a seat in the United States Senate and to stay there for 47-years.  And in that 47-year career - a career that spans 4-years longer than I've been alive - I think one would be hard-pressed to find any single person who has accomplished more in the aim of destroying this country, and everything it was supposed to stand for, than he.

Nor is said destruction likely to end entirely with his death, of course.  How soon will it be, do you think, that the rallying cry for the passage of Obamacare will be "Do it for TEDDY!!!"  A week?  Two weeks?

And ironically enough, Obamacare would - in a fair world - almost certainly deny said Senator the very expensive, cutting-edge care that he received over the last couple of months.  He would instead, almost certainly were his last name not "Kennedy", have been offered "Death with Dignity" counseling rather than treatment.

I'll leave it to the left to square that circle.

His public stands on all social issues, as well as his own well publicized personal foibles, make a mockery of the Faith to which we are supposedly both members.  Make no doubt, I am a firm believer in the power of Forgiveness - I count on it, in fact.  But the "personal choice" Abortion cop-out so often used by the late Senator and so many other so-called Catholics rings so utterly hollow in people who are more than happy to make their personal views on, say, wages and income distribution the law of the land.  Seriously.

I could go on and on, but it's of no use because that now ends with Kennedy's passing, of course - though I have no doubt that Massachusetts will certainly replace him in the World's Most Deliberately Arrogant Body with a younger fellow-traveler (as in, a barking left-fascist moonbat).

So the final analysis is this:

Am I happy that Edward Kennedy is dead?  Well no, not really.

Am I happy he's no longer in the United States Senate?  Yes.  Yes I am.

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