From Caroline Kennedy’s glowing words to Ted Kennedy’s “humble” acceptance of the recognition he received, a nagging bad taste lingered in my mouth.
Caroline referred to the hope that her father John bestowed on the American people. The first thing that came to mind was a recollection of a lunch my family had with our representative in Congress in 1962. I recalled very vividly Representative Forrester of the Third Congressional District of Georgia telling my father that the Kennedy brothers hated every Southerner by birth.
I also recall the impressions of military trains passing behind my home on their way south to Florida as well as mobile ICBM’s positioned in remote areas on railway cars during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Someday it may be referred to as Kennedy’s Folly … after all the Kennedy sycophants are gone.
While Caroline described Ted Kennedy’s love for sailing, I recalled the report of the crew on his sailboat pumping out the bilge of his boat into Nantucket Sound oblivious to the objection of onlookers. Senator Kennedy is, after all, a leading advocate for environmental issues.
As she talked about all he has done for the American people, I recalled him blocking the construction of a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, a project which would eventually do much to relieve the dependency on fuel oil by the citizens of Massachusetts. Senator Kennedy’s view from his home in Martha’s Vineyard is infinitely more important.
Senator Kennedy certainly does deserve a tribute from the Democratic Party because he represents much of what they stand for.