Ted Kennedy is dead, so the press, even Fox news, is awash with stories about what a great man he was.
I disagree. He was trash.
Once Reagan was President, he found himself at odds with the latest Sen. Kennedy. Reagan ideas such as deploying intermediate-range nuclear forces (INFs) in Western Europe and the Strategic Defense Initiative infuriated Ted Kennedy, who, according to a highly sensitive KGB document discovered by reporter Tim Sebastian of the London Times (which ran an article on the document Feb. 2, 1992), was motivated to do something quite unusual:
On May 14, 1983, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov sent a message of “Special Importance” with the highest classification to General Secretary Yuri Andropov. The subject head to the letter read: “Regarding Senator Kennedy’s request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Y. V. Andropov.” According to Chebrikov, Sen. Kennedy was “very troubled” by the state of U.S.-Soviet relations. Kennedy believed that the main reason for the dangerous situation was “Reagan’s belligerence” and particularly his INF plan. “According to Kennedy,” reported Chebrikov, “the current threat is due to the President’s refusal to engage any modification to his politics.”
The fourth and fifth paragraphs of Chebrikov’s memo held out hope that Reagan’s 1984 re-election bid could be thwarted. But where was the President vulnerable? Chebrikov stated that Kennedy had provided a possible answer. “The only real threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations,” wrote Chebrikov. “These issues, according to the senator [Kennedy], will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign.” According to Chebrikov, Kennedy lamented that Reagan was good at “propaganda,” whereas statements from Soviet officials were quoted “out of context” or “whimsically discounted.”
It goes on to say how Kennedy tried to hamper Reagan’s cold war efforts.
He is responsible for some of the worst legislation in US history. Just about every extreme statist law has his name or stamp on it. He was an unwavering ideologue and was very vicious when he wanted to be. His efforts to kill Robert Bork’s supreme court nomination are a classic example. Here is the speech he gave. Disgraceful.
Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government, and the doors of the federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy.
The senate is better off without him. It’s too bad he couldn’t have just retired, but he was one of those fanatics who refused to go until he was called away.
We need a lot less ideologues in government.
Now they want to use his name to revive the Obamacare bills. People should know what a low life he was. So the bills can die again.
UPDATE: I should point out one of the good things he did, he’s responsible for some good legislation. One of which is the Freedom of Information Act and later adding the Sunshine Clause that says documents should be declassified after a certain time unless the government can prove they should not be. Those are things worth thanking him for. However, as Henry Rollins points out, he got away with murder.