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The Conscience of a Kennedy

Ted Kennedy's soul. Privatizing the mail. Socialized New Zealandcare and more.

8.31.09

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NO TIME FOR DELICACY
Re: Quin Hillyer's Reston Peace Disturbed:

I couldn't finished reading Hillyer's piece decrying, albeit mildly, the lack of civility at the town hall meetings. The irony of beginning with a quote from Mark "GET OFF THE PHONE YOU BIG DOPE!" Levin was just too much. This nation was founded in violent revolution over a fraction of the government intrusion with which we are now oppressed. Surely Quin knows that these meetings are the only opportunity that people will have to confront these tyrants (Levin!) face to face. The American experiment is on the precipice. This is no time for delicacy, or for mourning the lack of it.
-- Hunter Yerger
Jackson, Mississippi

Civility is all well and good, but how have conservative attempts to behave with decorum and respect towards liberals paid off? In a word disastrously. Behaving respectfully towards mendacious and repellent liberals has never benefited conservatives. It only encourages the Democrats to intensify the venomous nature of their lies and obnoxious behavior.

Case in point President George W. Bush was one of the most decent human beings to occupy the White House. In his day to day interaction with Democrat politicians and their "rent a mobs" he was extremely civil and respectful, but instead of reversing the hate-filled antics of Democrats it led to even more outrageous and disgusting bouts of liberal vitriol against not only him, but those who sought to effectively defend and carry out the nation's business. Even worse is that many self-described conservatives jumped on the liberal bandwagon of mud slinging against President Bush, because he was civil and erroneously perceived as weak.

To his credit President Bush never crawled into the gutter with his liberal or conservative detractors, but in the world of politics it gained him and his Party absolutely nothing. In fact, after Bush led Republicans to historic triumphs in 2000, 2002 and 2004 (note Reagan never had the coattails Bush had) when he left office Republicans were in the same discouraging position they were in when Reagan left office. All of Bush's political triumphs were scuttled, because he attempted to set a new tone of civility in the fetid swamp of American politics. Political civility is impossible as long as the current rendition of the neo-fascist Democrat party exists.

Name the Republican/conservative that the Democrats, their degenerate base and media whores have treated respectfully and I'll show you a Republican or conservative Quisling who has sold out or is sucking up to the Democrats (Peggy Noonan, Bruce Bartlett, Christopher Buckley, George Will and Pat Buchanan have at one time or another been excellent examples of such sell outs). Consider how Democrats and their media sluts have treated genuine patriots like Barry Goldwater, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Dan Quayle,
George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, Jack Kemp, George W. Bush, George Allen, Sarah Palin and even John McCain. Even now it is Democrat elected officials and their organized thugs who are attempting to intimidate and stymie their opponents with strong arm tactics. . . A little raucous behavior on the part of freedom loving Americans is nothing in comparison to the organized barbarity of the Democrats.

Hate filled anti-Semites and bigots like Barack Obama, Jim Moran and Howard Dean do not deserve our respect. They deserve our contempt. To stop the national socialist agenda of Obama Democrats the gloves must come off. Now that doesn't mean we behave violently, as do Democrats, but shouting down a lying a member of Congress or applauding when an election thief says voters can fire her is acceptable political behavior.

This White House and its henchmen in Congress are in trouble and in the name of civility or probity we cannot allow them to recover. Modern American politics, thanks to Democrats, is now civil war without the bloodshed and a little incivility is far better than its alternatives - appeasement/surrender or open conflict.
-- Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina

Perhaps some of the non-Obamaites did act rudely, but I'd extend some grace to them.

What they're expressing, at least from personal observation at a recent townhall meeting I attended, is underlying frustration and outrage with Obama and his thugocracy, specifically; and Congress and its collective, years-long tone-deafness and arrogance, generally.

There's lots of other maybes about their behavior. Resentment at being dismissed as and called Nazis, evil-mongers, racists, anti-Americans, Astroturfers and more? Genuine heartfelt passion and worry about the Constitution being gutted and America's defenses substantially weakened? Fatigue at seeing how out-of-touch Congress and the Executive Office are with America?

Maybe they've decided that Obama, the Democrat party leadership, the leftists and liberals, as well as the state-controlled media, no longer understand civility, if ever they did. Rather, they exploited it when they were in the minority in Congress, calling dissent "patriotic," and even Pelosi saying she liked "disrupters." Clearly, Obama et al. do not have the character or courage to take what they dished out for years.

And, yes, it appears they have to roundup, if not pay, their Obamabots to attend these townhalls. At the one I just attended, there were two clearly identifiable, with their navy blue Organizing for America or Obama tee shirts and Obama for President baseball caps. They were outnumbered about 100 to 1. Their reactions lacked the passion of those who spoke against the attempted takeover of America.

By the way, at that townhall, it was not just conservatives and Republicans who booed or vocally challenged the congressman. There were Democrats, too. But, then, where I live, most Democrats would be Republicans in other states.

Just one man's opinion, but I think the worst thing Obama and the state-controlled media could do is underestimate the depth of opposition to Obama and Obamacare, whatever that might be, actually is.

God forbid, though, that Obama and his civilian army -- which represents true Astroturf in this current matter -- precipitate something they cannot undo physically and for which Obama would exert his dictatorial hand even further.
-- C. Kenna Amos Jr.
Princeton , West Virginia

AS I WRITE THIS LETTER
Re: Chris Edwards & Tad DeHaven's Free the Mails:

I am a consummate letter writer. I love putting pen to paper and thoughts abound from experiences on the ranch, meandering thoughts to ponder, old stories from childhood, and in the case of my children (or those we call our semi-sons and daughters), ponderings of faith, designed to think about, or challenging them to grow in Christ. To them my letters become a legacy of sorts, opened in quiet times, and sometimes treasured with cups of tea or designer coffee,and stored in the heart. Even little son, as we call him, brought home quite a large chest of them, when he graduated from USAFA. In fact he used the occasion to give me a real moment of clarity.

As little son was visiting and readying to attend flight school, upon completion of the Air Force Academy, he asked me if I would store a trunk of his. I remember telling him that he was a man now and needed to be responsible for all belongings, and he said, "Yes, but Mom, this is important." So, I asked him what was so important in the trunk it needed to be stored here, thinking it must house mementoes from his days there. Instead he smiled and said simply, "Mom, it contains all four years of the letters you wrote and mailed me, and kept me focused and encouraged." Of course, tears later and the trunk stored up in the attic, I pondered the situation, wondering just how many letters are in the trunk and all the while remembering that it has been letters that others have mailed me, that also brought long needed love, encouragement, truths to ponder, and grace.

A person walking into any of the postal offices in East Texas would be challenged to recognize the place for what it is, a station to buy stamps, mail packages, and pick up mail. Most offices, I have noted, look like a department store for what nots, fancy gee gaws, and novelties. It is these things, along with government mismanagement and incompetence, that have produced repeated losses.

We lived in Germany for nearly four years. I wrote many letters back home to Texas, and received my like share, and noted that a German post office has no resemblance to an American one. The interior of the building looks like a place simply to mail letters, buy stamps, or mail packages (and you'd better prepare to bring lots of cash) because no credit cards, checks, or anything else was used, in the middle 1980's. I even sent my children to mail letters in the post office back then, because it made them feel grown-up.

Strip the post offices of all but the necessary. Leave the selling of novelties to department stores and stationery catalogues. Don't keep hiking prices on those, like me, who write to others all the time. Stick the higher prices onto catalogue senders and other circular distributors. Let junk mail pick up the tab. And for Pete's sake, pick a Postmaster General from someone who has real business experience, for even a cattle rancher, who lives by his seasons of calves, could run the Post Office better. Spare my letter writing from another hike in prices!
-- B. Gunn
East Texas Rancher

As I read the piece I would love to know who the authors feel would want to take over the USPS's operations? Who would want the home delivery service? I would imagine it would not be Fed-Ex or UPS as they want to remain profitable. The reason the USPS is a public operation is that no private company wants the entire business. Sometimes government is the only option.
-- Mark Hartshorn

SOCIALISM IN NEW ZEALAND

Re: Loretta Austin's letter in Reader Mail's Warning Low Battery:

I spent 12 years living and working in different countries, five of those in the USA which provided some experience of your health system. As a New Zealander who works in the health industry, I take issue with Loretta Austin's assertions regarding socialised healthcare.

Firstly, it is a fallacy that socialised healthcare is "free." Nothing is free; it is funded by taxpayers who may or may not require the "services," but are forced to fund it nonetheless.

Secondly, when the state (i.e. government) runs something -- anything -- the services are rationed. Supply does not naturally grow to meet demand; it is limited with patients having no choice but to line up, wait for their turn and be grateful for it. In so doing, the services become politicised as does every associated individual. The service, (in this case, health), is run by a top-heavy bureaucracy that has no incentive to operate efficiently. Because there is no profit motive, there is no incentive to treat people more quickly, hence patients languishing on the long waiting lists in every country that operates a similar system. Or the Die-While-You're-Waiting lists as I prefer to think of them.

Thirdly, state healthcare encourages personal irresponsibility. There is no incentive to make better personal choices regarding health and fitness when you know that "the government" will bail you out. Only it's not "the government" is it; it's every taxpayer. As the saying goes, robbing Peter to pay Paul isn't fair on Peter -- and it doesn't do Paul much good, either.

Fourthly, in addition to irresponsible individuals taking advantage of taxpayers, state healthcare encourages odious corporate lobbying which further serves to distort the market and increase prices. In a truly free healthcare market -- that is to say, free from government interference, which not even the US operates -- those currently subsidised orthodox medical practitioners would have to compete on the same level playing field as alternative complementary practitioners, the latter of whom just get on with the business of running their businesses at prices to suit their market.

I guess the best way to illustrate the beauty and common sense of the free market is to look at the food supply which is firmly in the hands of private operators. There is no shortage of supply with product available to suit all tastes and budgets.

Contrast that with the former Soviet Union that took it upon itself to control the food supply, along with everything else. Remember the queues? People lined up for hours for basic necessities that ran out long before the queues did.

The moral of the story? Socialism doesn't work, no matter the issue. It never did. But once imposed, it buys a hell of a lot of easy votes. There's nothing so easy as spending other people's money to keep yourself in a job.

Surely it would make sense to remove the state from healthcare altogether, disband the grossly-bloated bureaucracy and give all taxpayers their money back to enable them to insure themselves as they see fit, just as we regularly shop for our groceries without government "help".

As PJ O'Rourke said: If you think (US) healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it's free.
-- Susan Ryder
Pukekohe, New Zealand

THE LIAR OF THE SENATE
Re: Jeffrey Lord's Honoring Teddy By Opposing Health Care:

I am tempted, if not inspired, by your endearing sentimental journey down memory lane with the Kennedys, and little Teddy in particular, to let bygones be bygones, and allow the "Liar of the Senate" to rest in peace. But, too much of the responsibility for every anti-American sentiment, social ill, and racial conflict of the last half century, as well as the diminishment of the right of every American to pursue their own happiness, lies unhappily and shamefully at his dishonorable wayward feet. Maybe Mary Jo will blow
him a kiss as he passes by the "pearly gates" to his destination.
-- Mike Showalter
Austin, Texas

"Senator Kennedy's death is already being used by his allies as a reason to support the Obama version of health care. Wherever he is at this moment, the Senator is doubtless cheering them on."

President Obama and Congressional Democrats: a healthcare bill bearing the senator's name, and lacking an abortion mandate, will be a disgrace to the Kennedy family legacy.
-- Dan Martin
Pittsburgh

A LIFE OF NON-ACCOMPLISHMENT
Re: Daniel J. Flynn's Trustfund Ted:

Kennedy was an embarrassment. His hypocritical posturing and family money allowed him and them to hoodwink a nation besotted by good looks and a friendly press. To the everlasting shame of Massachusetts voters, he, a man with no practical experience of the real world, was kept in office to ply his nonsense on the American people.
-- Laney Bormel
Parkton, Maryland

Thank you Mr. Flynn for the summary of this totally reprehensible man's life of non-accomplishment. That the world now mourns his passing is beyond belief. There is a special place in hell reserved for him and his kind. No doubt, he's reunited with his father and brothers finally, and for eternity.
-- Greg Mercurio
Vacaville, California

Being Kennedys I expect the heirs of the dissolute Ted to avoid paying their fair share of the death tax. In fact, tax and spend liberals like the survivor of Chappaquiddick do things like sheltering their immense wealth offshore to avoid Federal income taxes while demanding hard working Americans pay more in taxes to finance their neo-fascists schemes to limit freedom and undermine the Constitution. The corruption of the left was personified in a man who allowed a young woman and her unborn child to die to avoid a potential scandal, sexually assaulted a waitress, defended a sexual predator, aided America's enemies from communism to Islamic extremism and overall insured millions of Americans would be homeless and go to be hungry every night while they got fat and rich. Some legacy.
-- Michael Tomlinson
Jacksonville, North Carolina

SHOOTING FROM THE HIP
Re: Marilia Duffles' We Are a Rude Awakening:

Thank you I look forward to reading more from Ms. Duffles' "shoot from the hip" compassionate brilliance.
-- Glenda

Very fine piece by Marilla Duffles but pray what does Queen Victoria have to do with Jane Austen? I believe she came  a bit later?
-- Shura Reininger

Wow! This lady can write using the English Language to the Max.
-- G. Gomes

AN EERY VISION
Re: W. James Antle III's The Face of Liberalism:

Back when I first heard of Ted Kennedy's affliction and diagnosis, I had a vision very similar to the one stated by article commenter Gil Oteen. Upon his demise, I saw TK approach the Pearly Gates, only to be met there by Mary Jo Kopechne. Behind her were the faces of the several million souls exterminated in SE Asia after Kennedy thwarted the U.S. from going back in to save the South Vietnamese and prevent the wholesale slaughter of the Cambodians at the hands of the Khmer Rouge.

Facing Kennedy, her hand on some sort of lever, Mary Jo bids farewell to TK as she opens a trap door that sends him spiraling down to Hell. Behind her is the silent acceptance of the Vietnamese and Cambodians.

Were it only true. But it might be, as we will not know in this life. Some day, we will.
-- Jim Bjaloncik
Stow, Ohio

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