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Ted Kennedy Tribute Leaves a Sour Taste

Fascination may be the one and only appeal Americans have to the Kennedy family, but for me the fascination is the same as the kind for the mafia. For one reason or another, the Kennedy’s have been painted as this ‘All-American Family,’ and acquired the utmost respect from anyone and everyone, yet they are a twisted, warped, manipulative group of people that somehow always come out of a situation smelling like roses.

The fact that Ted Kennedy is still painted a political hero is absolutely one of the most deranged sights for my eyes. It's incomprehensible to me that people can forget about Ted Kennedy's utterly disturbing past. One word... Chappaquiddick. He drove a car off a bridge with a female passenger who died, left the scene, and didn't report the incident until authorities located the car and body the next day. That's Ted Kennedy.

The rest of the Kennedy's have been swirling in controversy for decades, and still they are portrayed as an American Dream. The Kennedys are wallowing in death, grief, tragedy and severe alcoholism (on many counts), but they're still put on a pedestal. From my perspective, the Kennedys are just straight tainted, and some may say karma is getting the best of them with freak plane crashes, ski accidents, and DUIs. I look at Ted Kennedy like I do Michael Vick. A horrible human being, who didn't deserve a second chance, but got it any way. It would be like paying a tribute to OJ Simpson for his charity work. Ridiculous.

If the DNC is paying a tribute to the Kennedys at all, it should be for the magnificent PR team the family has employed and maintained over decades of scandals, dramas, and controversies. They are the ones who have successfully marketed the family as a picture perfect American family. So much so, that Ted Kennedy got a tribute at the DNC sparking cheers and applause for his work in politics, while everyone forgets about dark and horrific past. Yuck! I can't pretend I'm dumb enough to look past that.

Posted by MichaelMears at September 4, 2012 10:43 PM
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The Kennedy dynasty flamed out way too early. It’s a shame, we could have been in good hands indefinitely. Instead, the right wing killed John and Bobby and history was rewritten. The evil empire hidden behind the face of conservatism thrives.

Posted by: Schwamp at September 6, 2012 11:51 AM
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Instead, the right wing killed John and Bobby and history was rewritten.

Excuse me?

Posted by: Rhinehold at September 6, 2012 12:45 PM
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He is either really stupid or making a bad joke. In either case, not worth the response.

Posted by: C&J at September 8, 2012 2:26 PM
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Old Teddy is indeed a horrible human being. No matter how much good he did in life, no about of good will ever erase the fact he killed an innocent person. What more can you expect from the Democratic Party?

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