Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Justifying Ted Kennedy's negligent homicide

Speaking about the political career of Senator Edward Kennedy and Kennedy's role in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, Hufffington Post columnist Melissa Lafsky offered the following:

We don't know how much Kennedy was affected by her death, or what she'd have thought about arguably being a catalyst for the most successful Senate career in history. What we don't know, as always, could fill a Metrodome.

Still, ignorance doesn't preclude a right to wonder. So it doesn't automatically make someone (aka, me) a Limbaugh-loving, aerial-wolf-hunting NRA troll for asking what Mary Jo Kopechne would have had to say about Ted's death, and what she'd have thought of the life and career that are being (rightfully) heralded.

Who knows -- maybe she'd feel it was worth it.
What we are being asked to swallow is that the victim of negligent homicide would somehow consider their homicide "worth it" because their killer had a prolific political career--a career defined primarily by their support for the forced transfer of wealth from those who earn it to those who do not.

It was a horrific injustice that Kennedy never received more than a slap on the hand for his role in Kopechne's needless and preventable death. It is all the more horrific that Kennedy would now be celebrated for it. But notice Lafsky's claim here: even the most cowardly and despicable acts can be forgiven if altruism is one's aim.

If you ever doubt the wickedness--the outright willingness to justify anything in the name of the self-abnegation that is altruism--remember the life of Ted Kennedy and the moral claims of those who would attempt to lionise him.

3 comments:

Craig said...

I'll tell you who should have been put on death row, and that's Ronald Reagan. A more dispicable man america has never known. History will remember him for all his evil, as those who loved him will be remembered the same way. His funeral was a total joke.

Andrew E. said...

Maybe I'm missing particulars regarding Reagan's life. "A more dispicable [sic] man america has never known." Why do you feel this way?

I'll agree that it was unfortunate he claimed to be for small government, yet the Reagan white house out spent all others before him.

A lesson on the corrupting influence of power.

Andrew E. said...

Ah... forgive me. I followed the links from your blog/title.
Perhaps this is not the time or the place, or the person.. but, a few questions for you.

1) Stealing is either right or wrong. Which is it?

2) If you're determined to answer, "it's not always so easy to say yes or no," then explain under which circumstances it becomes ok to steal.

3) Slavery is either right or wrong. Which is it?

4) Do the ends justify the means?

Just curious.