America's Founding Fathers fought an intellectual and military battle against the very concept of monarchy - the idea of inherited political power. Americans rebelled against the notion that they were feudal serfs to be herded like chattel by the decrees of some aristocratic tyrant. As Jefferson said:
"We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain forever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors."The Founders recognized that rights are the inalienable possession of every individual and that government derives its power from the just consent of the people. Morally, the legacy of the America Revolution is the legacy of individualism. Throughout our history, the symbol of America has been the self-made man - the independent producer freely pursuing his values neither sacrificing for others nor sacrificing others to himself. Indeed, the moral and political battle for individualism represents the very essence of the American Revolution and is the foundation of the American spirit.
What did Ted Kennedy stand for?Ted was born into a family overseen by the politically ambitious and connected patriarch, Joseph Kennedy. Joseph worked behind the scenes, using his fortune and political connections to get his son John elected to the Senate and ultimately, the Presidency. After Ted was expelled from Harvard for cheating on an exam, he enlisted in the military where this time, "his father's political connections ensured he was not deployed to the ongoing Korean War." Riding the coat tails of his popular brother and the pseudo-prestige of the Kennedy family, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962.
And what did this magnificent specimen achieve while in the Senate?
In 1969, after leaving a party, Teddy's passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, was killed when he drove off a bridge. Kennedy ignominiously and criminally left the scene and "did not call authorities until after Kopechne's body was discovered the following day." He then used his political connections to allow for a "secret inquest" into the "Chappaquiddick incident" after which he was not indicted.
Kennedy used his other 50 years in the Senate to fulfill the Kennedy family's dream of doggedly avoiding the slightest shred of productive activity while promoting policies to strangle and loot the productive members of society. Kennedy's body of "work" in the Senate is a pean to the liberal values of statist control and wealth redistribution excepting, of course, his own. Apparently, he considered his "lifework" to be his efforts on behalf of socialized medicine, and, fittingly, Obama's statist monstrosity has now been renamed in his honor. Those that value freedom and individual rights can only hope that this vicious bill will suffer a similar fate.
Indeed, Kennedy's second-handed prestige, derived from an aristocratic life of pull peddling and power lust, represents everything America is not. If there is one symbol that needs to be overtly and permanently excised from the American political consciousness, it is the wistful notion of a Kennedy "Camelot" - the notion that the incestuous venality of aristocracy and the anti-American concept of monarchy should ever be revered in this nation of individuals.