Every single day, you hear liberals bemoan the fact that people support President Donald Trump’s policies even though he has not always walked the straight and narrow in his personal life.  I get it.  I, for one, wish we had less drama coming from the White House – if only from Trump’s Twitter feed.  

But these liberal laments ring hollow after they spent most of their lives lionizing the Kennedy clan.  Ashe Schow points out that liberals and the media (oh-but-I-repeat-myself) went overboard in trying to honor Senator Ted Kennedy when he died.  He was called,“one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate” and “a lawmaker whose achievements, authority and collegiality invited comparisons to Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and other titans.”  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton tried to outdo each other in the honor they heaped upon him.  (But Hillary was used to waving away egregious behavior toward women, I guess.)

Alright, it’s been a decade since the Senator from Massachusetts died. Can we take an honest look at the man now?  Shockingly – finally! — NBC has run an op-ed critical of the Democrats idolatry of this man. David Mark writes:

Progressives are rightly incensed that Republicans in Congress have mostly turned a blind eye to Trump’s behavior, focusing instead on legislative outcomes they favor, such as tax cuts and the confirmation of conservative judge — essentially declaring that policy achievements are more important than character and conduct.

But Democrats should be no more willing to forgive Kennedy for his personal transgressions because they agreed with the progressive policy outcomes he helped achieve. Moreover, that Kennedy was not only excused for his behavior but esteemed by his political peers reveals that it is not one party alone that has failed to uphold accountability and morality as guiding principles.

Just in case anyone forgets, Ted Kennedy was also a “grab ‘em by the p-ssy” guy, not that liberals cared about that one iota.  In fact, they lined up en masse to vote for the guy even though they were aware of his assaults (some of which had credible eye witnesses).  

Seems a little hypocritical, doesn’t it?

Also, Trump’s never killed anyone.  Ashe writes that people always gloss over the terrible parts of Kennedy’s bio:

Chappaquiddick, for example, is barely mentioned. Even now, media outlets describe the event – wherein Kennedy drunkenly drove his car off a bridge and left Mary Jo Kapechne to drown – as if it was something that happened to Kennedy and not something he caused. In July, The Associated Press commemorated the 50th anniversary of the tragedy by tweeting: “50 years ago today, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy left a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne, 28; some time later, Kennedy’s car went off a bridge into the water. Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned.”

I understand why people sometimes get upset at Trump.  But if these same people continue to worship the ground of the Kennedys, I don’t want to hear one syllable of it.

It’s time to be consistent and apply our moral outrage across the board. Otherwise, maybe you should take a long walk off a short bridge.  

Mary Jo Kapechne can’t do that anymore.

Hat Tip: The Daily Wire, NBC News

Image Credit: President Barack Obama and Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy participate in a national service event at The SEED School of Washington, D.C., April 21, 2009. (P042109LJ-0188)

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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