June 16, 2010
The late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) believed in "rights" for homosexuals, federally funded abortion premised on the validity of Roe v. Wade, high taxes, an expansive and ever-expanding federal government, an anemic national defense and a host of things at which conservatives rightly recoil.
Now, newly released KGB documents give hard evidence of the Senator's efforts to secretly work with the Soviet government (the KGB, no less) to undermine the foreign and military policies of President Reagan. The documents are indisputably accurate, and some of them were first reported in The Times of London as early as 1992, and were written about in 2006 by distinguished Grove City College professor and biographer Paul Kengor.
Kennedy had an engaging smile and, to those to whom he chose to show it, great personal warmth. But for sheer brute-force politics, he had few equals. Consider the case of Dr. Carol Iannone, a brilliant scholar at New York University. Dr. Iannone was nominated by the first President Bush to serve on the advisory panel of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Not a cabinet or sub-Cabinet post, not a vital national security position - an academic advisory board.
Yet Kennedy fiercely opposed her. Why? Because, he reportedly told confidants, he needed something to show he had not lost his clout after the embarrassing revelation of his 1991 Easter weekend sexual behavior (conducted in the presence of his then-young son Patrick).
Here's how the Chicago Tribune describes what happened:
(Senate Labor and Human Resources) Committee insiders-who can be presumed to know more than mere Capitol Hill observers-say that political considerations back home in Boston may be part of it. Kennedy still dominates Massachusetts politics, in large part because of the seniority and power he wields as a committee chairman. Once in a while you have to flex your muscles to show you have that power, they said. Iannone ... provided one of few opportunities for Kennedy to knock someone into the ditch.
Kennedy won: Dr. Iannone's nomination was defeated. Her career was diminished and the nation lost the benefit of her service. But Ted got a bit of his street cred back and, to him, that's what really mattered.
I confess to having a high level of disdain for the legislative career of the late Senator, a once stout advocate for the unborn who "matured" and for roughly 35 years never met a pro-abortion proposal he didn't like. And then there was his sordid (at least until his second marriage) personal life.
Yet to think he sought to undermine the President of the United States on vital matters of foreign policy and jeopardize the security of our country - and for his own presidential aspirations, no less, according to the KGB files - drops him down to a deeper level of infamy altogether.