By Bob Steiner
Whenever or wherever the “Kennedy” name is mentioned it is normally done in a respectful manner. When one thinks about the many sacrifices this family has made over the years on behalf of our country, it is hard not to be appreciative of their many contributions. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. was a B-24 pilot in the Air Force during World War II. He died while on bombing mission over German-occupied Europe. Of course, everyone knows the story of John F. Kennedy. As the commander of a Patrol Torpedo boat during World War II, he attained hero status for his service in the Pacific, even before being elected as our President. Of course everyone knows about that sad day in November 1963 when he gave his life for our country. While Robert Kennedy did not serve in the armed forces, as U.S. Attorney General he too, was a hero by pushing civil rights issues. During the ’68 presidential campaign he was shot to death in San Francisco by a Palestinian immigrant named Sirhan-Sirhan.
After the three older Kennedys, we come to the youngest brother, Edward Theodore. “Teddy” Kennedy seems to have been the least-gifted son of the family. With such talented and famous brothers it certainly must have been awkward for him, growing up in their proximity. In any event, on the “back” of the family name he has managed to make a “name” for himself, albeit not in the manner the rest of his family would endorse.
Obama & Edward Kennedy
Since he was elected to the senate to replace his brother John, the one area where he has excelled was in promoting a national health care plan. Even now, as it appears he is approaching the end of his life, he continues to work hard on this issue. See Notable Names Data Base. Yesterday he contacted the Governor of his home state, Massachusetts, and apparently, sensing he may soon succumb to Cancer, requested that his state’s rules regarding succession be changed so Massachusetts will not be without representation in the event a vote on Obama’s health program should come before the senate.
Presently, if a senate incumbent in his state were to resign, die, or otherwise vacate his position, the law requires there be a “cooling off” period of five months, during which, the state has no one occupying that position. After this period of time the Governor would then call a special election to fill the vacancy. He has requested that the law be changed so the Governor (a Democrat and supporter of the president) could immediately appoint a new senator, should a senate position become vacant. This action would insure that the President would have the maximum support for his health plan in the Senate if the matter were to come to a vote. While outwardly this sounds like a noble venture , I find Mr. Kennedy’s action to be at the least high-handed, yet typical of a self-centered person who is willing to do anything to further his own cause. It is interesting to note that he was the person who pushed the “five month” rule when Mitt Romney, a Republican, was governor. This is truly a shameful example of the partisan politics in Massachusetts and Ted Kennedy‘s role as an “honorable ” politician.