The coverage and remembrances has been on local tv here (in Massachusetts) since last night when the news bulletin interrupted the Jimmy Fallon show. (Not complaining about it, by any means - just kind of surprised the wall-to-wall coverage began as immediately as it did.) Oh well, the death is not a surprise; but it's still hard to believe (for those of us who don't remember a time he wasn't a "big factor" in the state).
Well the family is Irish. From what I understand Joe Kennedy put some strain on the cross-Atlantic alliance during the war. It's not surprising his kids would support the IRA even indirectly through Sinn Fein. Unfortunately, the Kennedy's weren't alone in that.
I, for one, won't miss him. Chappaquiddick is all I really have to say about that. It's kind of nauseating to hear someone like Obama tell everyone that Kennedy was the greatest Senator of our time. Do people really forget that easily?
He left a woman to drown. He got forty more years of life than Mary Jo Kopechne did. He murdered someone and got away with it just because of his name. So much for being equal before the law. You'll understand if I don't feel all broken up about his passing.
Of course, it's obvious that the British popped up from the soil in Las Malvinas! Any glance at a map will tell you that. And of course claims by Argentina since 1820 have always been just fantasy. Just like the Americans and India, why are these people such ungrateful subjects?
There are no Argentinian subjects in the Falkland Islands (she says, very, very patiently).
And just a teeny bit unlike, say, India, the Falklands were uninhabited when discovered.
And just a teeny bit unlike India or America, again, the inhabitants don't want to get rid of the British. To the contrary, they don't fancy Argentinian rule, much.
Argentina claims the islands because they say that since independence in the early 19th century, they have inherited the Spanish claim to the islands. It's not as if the British stormed in during the early 1980s and kicked Argentina out. In fact, the other way round. The British had ruled the islands since 1833 or so, and the inhabitants are almost entirely of British descent, although they've lived there a long time, now.
The Argentine government invaded the Falklands in 1982 for a time-honoured reason - it was in trouble at home, human rights abuses were mounting, and the economy was in the toilet, and it thought the UK wouldn't try to get them back. It was wrong.
The US NAvy went on the record after the invasion to say that the UK re-taking the islands was "a military impossibility". Our Prime Minister at the time, Margaret Thatcher, disagreed.
The British aren't occupying the Falklands, or Montserrat, for example. They are there by consent in Montserrat, and more than 70% of Falkland Islanders (there are 3,000 or so) are of British descent, and determined to stay British.
The doggie doesn't seem to understand that some people like those living in the Falklands might choose to live under the Commonwealth, much like Guam, Puerto Rico or Micronesia are territories of the US.
He was known around DC as a drunken jerk that disrespected and used women...His lack of personal integrity showed early in Harvard where he was expelled not once, but twice for cheating on exams or paying someone else to cheat for him...The man was a characature of himself...a fat drunk with the IQ of an ice cube...Good riddance..
I won't miss the man. I do think he was affected deeply by the many terrible things that took place in his younger life, and his privilege did get him far. He admitted to his 'leaving the scene of an accident' only. He was human and had many faults as I do also. He did accomplish much as a Senator and the people of MA kept him in power. I feel that he should have resigned last year but his pride would not allow it. Now he has left his party one vote short for their agenda until they hold a special election that would not need to be held if his party had not changed the law in MA stripping their Governor the right to appoint another. I have, in respect, lowered my flag in his honor as a very influential Senator. I'll speak no more of him to dishonor him as he is now gone.
Exactly, but still he was a murderer. He bought his way out of the mess, and he may have been able to fool the American populace- but will he be able to fool the entity or entities in charge of his afterlife. I doubt it.
To honor the late "Lion of the Senate" for his contribution to health care reform, perhaps we could call the new health care law the Mary Jo Kopechne Health Care Reform Act. In her case, "health care delayed was health care denied."