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Teddy’s Dream Is America’s Nightmare

Invoking the memory of the "liberal lion" on health care reform reminds us of the massive government spending supported by the late senator.

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Andy Wickersham

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December 30, 2009 - 12:00 am
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The hypocrisy and/or ignorance of those that view Kennedy’s impact on America in positive terms is thus astounding given that these are the same people who have been so critical of the way things were done in Washington during the Bush years. I guess the spending is okay if the one doing the spending roars loud enough.

The admiration of the left for Kennedy’s legislative record is summed up well by two of his long-time Senate friends. Kennedy’s friend Senator Chris Dodd said of him:

I will always remember Teddy as the ultimate example for all of us who seek to serve, a hero for those Americans in the shadow of life who so desperately needed one.

Senator Robert Byrd shared similar sentiments regarding his long-time friend:

Throughout his career, Senator Kennedy believed in a simple premise: that our society’s greatness lies in our ability and willingness to provide for its less fortunate members. Whether striving to increase the minimum wage, insuring that all children have medical insurance, or securing better access to higher education, Senator Kennedy always showed that he cared deeply for those whose needs exceed their political clout.

But as is the case with ObamaCare, the substance falls well short of the rhetoric. The reality is that, at best, Ted Kennedy’s legislative approach was summed up by John Adams when he said:

[P]ower always thinks that it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all His laws.

Though the inaccuracies spouted by Democrats about their health care reform proposals have been many, the invoking of the name of Ted Kennedy in support of them has been completely on point. No one epitomized the mendacious approach to lawmaking that is the Democrats’ push for ObamaCare more than Ted Kennedy. Though liberal America saw Kennedy as a champion for the poor and the downtrodden, the truth is that he was a politician who was emblematic of much that is wrong with Washington, and as such the mention of his name in connection with a model piece of dreadful big government legislation like ObamaCare is indeed fitting.

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Andy Wickersham has a master's in public policy from Claremont Graduate University. He is the former producer of a prominent Southern California land development publication.
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