Thursday, August 27, 2009

quotes gathered by the Patriot Post

Editor's Note: If it were a matter of mere political disagreement, we would join the calls to strike a conciliatory tone and mourn the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy. But we do a disservice to him and the country to call him anything but what he was. Ted Kennedy was not a good man and we mourn the damage (or worse) he did both to individuals and to America.

"Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time." --President Barack Obama, lamenting the death of Ted Kennedy

"No one has done more than Senator Kennedy to educate our children, care for our seniors and ensure equality for all Americans. Ted Kennedy's dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration." --House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (Does she mean that Kennedy did more than the people who actually educate our children and care for our seniors?)

"Ted Kennedy's dream was the one for which the Founding Fathers fought and for which his brothers sought to realize. The liberal lion's mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (Actually, the Founding Fathers fought against oppressive big government.)

"[Ted Kennedy was] the best senator, the best advocate you could hope for." --Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) (He was the best advocate -- unless your last name was Kopechne.)

Messiah complex: "We are God's partners in matters of life and death." --Barack Obama (Apparently Obama got a promotion since stating that abortion decisions were "above his paygrade...")

The log is his eye: "I know there's been a lot of misinformation in this debate, and there are some folks out there who are frankly bearing false witness." --Barack Obama, the master of bearing false witness

Victimitis: "Part of what I feel is that one very successful minority is permissible, but when you see too many success stories, then some people get nervous. ... I don't think the media has acted in a racist way, but I have felt stereotyped at times." --New York Gov. David Paterson, who is black and using that fact to complain about being treated badly

"There is a lot one could say of Senator Kennedy -- positive from supporters, negative from critics. They say one should not speak ill of the dead. True. But I am of the view that one should not lie about the dead either." --political analyst Bill Bennett

"[Ted] Kennedy left the scene of a fatal accident for which he was at least partly responsible. Then he used his extraordinary power to get off, spending the rest of his career in pseudo-remorse, playing the most liberal of Senators. It was always an act to me, even when I agreed with him politically. This was not a life well lived." --author and screenwriter Roger L. Simon

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