But then, I live in a country in which serving Members of Parliament praised Fidel Castro when he stepped down - so you'd think I would be used to such injustices by now.
Charlie Laurence of The Daily Mail does a wonderful job of saying it just like it is about Kennedy, however:
Bear in mind, this was the man whose death left Barack Obama "heartbroken". A murderer who refused to resign from the senate at the end even though he was unable to fulfill his duties - but then, this shouldn't surprise us, as it pretty adequately sums up the contempt that politicians hold their constituents in.
Senator Edward 'Ted' Kennedy stood for sleaze. Bloated and drunken, he used his standing in the Kennedy clan to chase vulnerable women - which brought his dream of reaching the White House to a shameful end.
He was the youngest of the four Kennedy brothers, and by far the longest lived.
Incredibly, he was in line to inherit his brother John F. Kennedy's legendary presidency, but his chances were dashed following the drowning of the pretty, young campaign assistant Mary Jo Kopechne.
Forever known as the Chappaquiddick Incident after the Massachusetts island where it took place, the scandal in 1969 broke the Kennedy grip on the White House.
A drunk Ted had been driving back from a party to the family 'compound' on Martha's Vineyard when he veered off a bridge and into a deep tidal dyke.
Mary Jo was in the back seat and, while he claimed he was just giving her a lift back to her hotel, it was widely thought that he had picked her up for sex. Kennedy swam ashore to save himself, but left Mary Jo to drown - in fact, it was even worse than that.
It was nine hours before he reported the accident. In the meantime, he walked back to his motel, complained to the manager about a noisy party, took a shower, went to sleep, ordered newspapers when he woke up and spoke to a friend and two lawyers before finally calling the police.
Divers later estimated that if he had called them immediately, they would have had time to pull out Mary Jo. She had not drowned, but had survived in an air pocket inside the car - she was asphyxiated only when the oxygen ran out several hours later.
As always, Ted used the family name to save his neck. In any other state but Massachusetts, the Kennedys' home turf, and with any other name, he would have been charged with homicide.
Instead, he escaped with a slap on the wrist: a two-year suspended sentence and the loss of his driving licence for a year. He had been allowed to plead guilty to no more than the charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
Here's what Angry White Dude has to say about Kennedy:
What really defines the character of Ted Kennedy was his cozy relationship to the Russian KGB. Kennedy offered to the Soviet Union to speak against Ronald Reagan because he knew Reagan was going to be a strong President. In KGB documents released after the fall of the Soviet Unions, Kennedy offered to “undertake some additional steps to counter the militaristic, policy of Reagan and his campaign of psychological pressure on the American population.”I find that quite telling. Because that's the kind of man Kennedy was - a two-bit coward who lived on his name and despised millions of decent Americans.
Kennedy asked for a meeting with Yuri Andropov for the purpose of “arming himself with the Soviet leader’s explanations of arms control policy so he can use them later for more convincing speeches in the U.S.” He also offered to help get Soviet views on the major U.S. networks and suggested inviting “Elton Rule, ABC chairman of the board, or observers Walter Cronkite or Barbara Walters to Moscow.” Kennedy was actively working against his country!
The latter was not the worst of Kennedy's political crimes, however.
That accolade must go towards his huge role in passing the 1965 Immigration & Nationality Act, which paved the way for millions of completely unassimilable Third Worlders to flood America, to the point where white Americans are predicted to become a minority by 2040 (something Kennedy no doubt applauded, as does Bill Clinton).
As if passing such treasonous legislation was not bad enough, Kennedy had to stand and unashamedly tell bare-faced lies to get it passed:
First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same ... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset ... Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia ... In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think.
As Dutch blogger Snouck Hurgronje points out, this act (and the amnesties which Kennedy also supported) pretty much created the situation we see in America today; multiculturalism, Mexican recidivism in the south west, encroaching Islamisation, large numbers of unassimilable immigrants from Africa and the Muslim world - and the projected end of those who built and shaped America as masters of their own land and their own destiny.
Obama may mourn Kennedy - but I certainly won't.