Signature Quotes: Politics: Various members of the Kennedy clan...
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"There is no such thing as an innocent Kennedy"
USA Today reports Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA), "a liberal who opposes the death penalty, is running the first crime ad of his 34-year career. Kennedy's ad cites laws he passed 10 years ago...." Challenger Mitt Romney responded, "he's got to be kidding."
Letterman's Top ten reasons you know you're on a bad date.
Number 2: He's drunk, he's all hands, and he brags about beating Mitt Romney.
If a legislator is "safe" from competition, or if he represents groups with the same economic and political beliefs, he does not have to change his ideas or respond to the needs of the broader population. He can rest content with a mediocre, absentee performance knowing he will be returned to office. And as he is returned year after year the seniority system gives him immense control over people from other parts of the country whose views he need not heed at all. -Senator Edward M. Kennedy Decisions for a Decade, published in 1968
"Easy money, sudden fortunes, increasingly powerful political machines and blatant corruption transformed much of the nation; and the Senate, as befits a democratic legislative body, accurately represented the nation." -- J.F. Kennedy, "Profiles in Courage"
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." -- John F. Kennedy
"If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable." -- John F. Kennedy
"The Constitution does not just protect those whose views we share; it also protects those with whose views we disagree." -- Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)
"If we set the precedent of limiting the First Amendment, in order to protect the sensibilities of those who are offended by flag burning, what will we say the next time someone is offended by some other minority view, or by some other person's exercise of the freedom the Constitution is supposed to protect?" -- Senator Edward M. Kennedy, constituent letter 1997
"Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom." -- President John F. Kennedy
My experience with government is when things are non-controversial, beautifully co-ordinated and all the rest, it must be that not much is going on. -- J.F. Kennedy
"The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God." -- JFK
Q: Why does a Kennedy always have red eyes after sex?? A: Mace.
"I love talking about Kennedy. I was just down in Dallas, Texas. You know you can go down there and, er, to Dealey Plaza where Kennedy was assassinated. And you can actually go to the sixth floor of the Schoolbook Depository. It's a museum called... 'The Assassination Museum'. I think they named that after the assassination. I can't be too sure of the chronology here but... Anyway they have the window set up to look exactly like it did on that day. And it's really accurate, you know, cos Oswald's not in it." -- Bill Hicks: 'Revelations'
Ted Kennedy's "achievements as a senator have towered over his time, changing the lives of far more Americans than remember the name Mary Jo Kopechne." -- Adam Clymer, a major league asshole at the New York Times.
"Expenses covered by Sen. Edward Kennedy's campaign for re-election last year included "a $160 bottle of champagne at Borgo Il Poggiaccio, a 14th century resort in Tuscany, Italy," and "a $2,600 per month apartment on Beacon Street for Kennedy's father-in-law, retired Judge Edmund Reggie," -- The Boston Herald, Feb 2001
"The final and best means of strengthening demand among consumers and business is to reduce the burden on private income and the deterrence to private initiative which are imposed by our present tax system, and this administration pledged itself last summer to an across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes to be enacted and become effective in 1963." -- President John F. Kennedy
"I might add, to anyone who thinks that everyone who has made a million dollars earned it, let me just say something. I made a million dollars, and I did not earn it. I was given it by my parents and my grandparents." -- democrat Rep. Patrick Kennedy, US House Floor, March 2001
"[Senator Kennedy] continually trumpets his moral superiority to those in opposition to him. He is always "looking out for the little people". But in truth, he's just another long serving, corrupt, entrenched political wretch, no different from the other two-legged filth he pretends to be better than." -- Larsen Whipsnade
Being called unethical by Ted Kennedy is like being called slimy by a snail.
"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this
century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace." -- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"[W]ords are fine, but it has to be what a generation reads into those words." -- Ted Kennedy speaking of the US Constitution at Boston Latin, April 29,
"If it hadn't been for JFK, we'd already be on Mars."
You might be a democrat if you've ever said "But look at all the good Ted Kennedy has done for the women of this country!"
"Neither the United States of America nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small. We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation's security" -- President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
"The 1930's taught us a clear lesson: aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war... Our policy has been one of patience and restraint, but now further action is required - and it is under way; and these actions may only be the beginning... But the greatest danger of all would be to do nothing." -- President John F. Kennedy
... just like Massachusetts, where incoherent alcoholic philanderers can avoid honest jobs for their entire adult lives as long as they have the right last name.
"Sex is a bad thing because it rumples the clothes." -- Jackie Kennedy Onassis
"Do we operate under a system of equal justice under law?
Or is there one system for the average citizen and another for the high and mighty?" -- Senator Ted "CHAPPAQUIDDICK" Kennedy, 1973
"He's a brilliant actor, but what makes Republicans think he could do well in politics? Of course, it's hard to argue with Arnold when you're hanging upside down by the ankles. " -- Senator Ted Kennedy (democrat-Mass) on his family's Republican.
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -- President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"Apparently all that drinking has caused him to develop a tick wherein he can not control the shaking of his head when good ideas are spoken by a member of the Republican party. Poor bloated Tedward." -- Moxie
"And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe -- the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." -- President John Kennedy's inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961.
"When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we'd been saying they were." -- President John F. Kennedy
"I myself have educated myself." -- Rep. Patrick Kennedy, 10/01/98
"Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders, and shift that problem to the hands of the government, to the same extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people." -- John F. Kennedy
"Only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed." -- President John F. Kennedy
Did Ted I-let-a-woman-drown-in-my-car Kennedy really name his dog Splash? There’s a man with no conscience. -- Boots and Sabers
Call me crazy, but is it really such a good idea for Ted Kennedy to be making vaguely threatening comments involving bodies of water?
Born July 26, 1940
Died July 19, 1969
Killed by a Drunk Driver
"Washington [D.C.] is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm." -- John F. Kennedy.
John Kennedy was a Zell Miller Democrat.
Best Conspiracy Theory, from Glenn Goffin:
No, no -- the History Channel has just been replaying the Oval Office tapes from the planning sessions for the trip to Dallas. At one point, Robert Kennedy asks in his very distinctive Boston accent, "Ahh, Jack, ah you suah you want to ride in the same cah as Connally? This Oswald, ahh, he may not be such a good shot."
"Osama bin ... Osama ... Obama." -- Senator Ted Kennedy trying to pronouce the name of Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
Ted Kennedy said that the liberation of Iraq was "a catastrophic failure, a continuing quagmire." Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.
NRA life member John F.Kennedy was shot by ACLU member Lee Harvey Oswald
"Declassified papers report that John Kennedy was taking eight different medications a day. He was so wasted, his Secret Service code name was Ted Kennedy." -- Craig Kilborn
"It's Bring Your Daughter to Work Day. This tradition began about 25 years ago down in Washington, D.C. by a quick-thinking Ted Kennedy who was spotted leaving his office with an 18-year-old." -- David Letterman
"Ted Kennedy says that our policy in Iraq is adrift. Hmmm. Maybe like a car adrift in the water after its has gone over a bridge?" -- Ann Coulter
"Teddy Kennedy's big new idea is to wheel out his 18th proposal to raise the minimum wage. He's been doing this since wages were paid in Spanish doubloons (which coincidentally are now mostly found underwater). Kennedy refuses to countenance any risky schemes like trying to grow the economy so people making minimum wage get raises because they've been promoted. Kennedy's going down and he's taking the party with him! (Recognize the pattern?)" -- Ann Coulter
I would buy the senior Senator from Massachusetts a drink for peering down my wife's shirt when she interviewed him once (during her days at the Quincy Patriot Ledger). As I told Dawn then, "Hon, he's a Kennedy and he has a heartbeat. What did you expect?" -- Dan Chmielewski
"...three of Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.'s four sons died in service to the nation. With those kinds of odds, why the hell does the survivor have to be Teddy? The only other answer (other than the one above) is that Teddy simply lacked the courage, the character, the convictions to put his own life in harm's way the way his older brothers did." -- Jay Tea
"There are times when I feel sorry for Ted Kennedy. He was born to play a Falstaffian role, ill-suited and ill-trained for the role destiny thrust upon him. And yet he muddles on, flailing from one scandal and misstep to another, constantly chafing under the ill-fitting crown given him as the champion of liberalism." -- Jay Tea
"When the Founders wrote the Constitution and gave the Senate the power of advice and consent on Presidential nominations, they never intended the Senate to work against the President, as this Senate is doing, by engaging in a wholesale stall and refusing to act on large numbers of the President’s nominees." -- Senator Ted Kennedy (d-MA) speaking in defense of President Clinton's nominees in 1999
"We have to respect that any nominee to the Supreme Court would have to defer any comments on any matters, which are either before the court or very likely to be before the court." -- Senator Ted Kennedy (d-MA), 1967
Also in 2005, Democrat Ted Kennedy called the U.S. military torturers. Reading from a prepared text, Kennedy said, "we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management - US management." Kennedy did not apologize.
"The Kennedys were not giving people," says Noelle Fell. "They paid the staff just above minimum wage and were miserly with raises. Ethel kept promising me a raise but I never got one."
If you are Congressman Joe II, a designated aide holds your wallet and pays your dinner check. Once Joe II tried to write a check in a bakery and wound up yelling at the cashier, "Don't you know who I am?"
With all the fuss you’d think Ann Coulter killed somebody. No wait, that was Ted Kennedy.
"More Americans have died in Ted Kennedy’s car than from nuclear accidents."
That’s the equivalent of Teddy Kennedy giving breathalizers at a DUI checkpoint. To first graders. On bicycles.
"A year ago, you wanted to give up because we were losing, and now, you want to give up because we’re winning." -- Ann Althouse to Ted Kennedy
"Floating screw -- that's what people used to call me." Sen. Ted Kennedy (Christmas 94 party)
"Every dollar that released from taxation, that is spent or invested, will create a new job and a new salary" - JFK
The US just elected a Marxist to preside over the systematic overthrow of the American Dream. John F. Kennedy’s corpse is spinning like a top.
If Caroline Kennedy gets the NY Senate seat, she’ll be a working mom. Will the feminists, who savaged Sarah Palin for this, be outraged?
"Caroline Kennedy’s coronation for the U.S. Senate has been disrupted by, well, by Caroline Kennedy. The media is shocked, shocked to learn she’s a political dilettante and a bit foolish." -- Jennifer Rubin
Caroline Kennedy: Less like a candidate and more like an idea of one.
Ted Kennedy is to healthcare what Chappaquiddick was to Mary Joe Kopechne.
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." President John F. Kennedy
In discussing Obamacare, if they ask "What would Teddy do"? The answer is: get drunk and fondle a waitress.
"It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise the revenues in the long run is to cut the rates now ... Cutting taxes now is not to incur a budget deficit, but to achieve the more prosperous, expanding economy which can bring a budget surplus." -- President John F. Kennedy, 1962
"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." -- President John F. Kennedy
Let’s be honest here, JFK would be labeled a far right extremist "teabagger" by today’s so-called "liberals". The democrat party has moved way far to the extreme left, right into socialism territory.
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." -- President John F. Kennedy.
"You cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable." -- President John F. Kennedy.
"By calling attention to 'a well regulated militia,' 'the security of the nation,' and the right of each citizen 'to keep and bear arms,' our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy...The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important." -- President John F. Kennedy
"Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain." -- President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"The Revs. Jackson and Sharpton give me the creeps. Al Sharpton hs done more damage to the black cause than George Wallace. He has suffocated the decent black leaders in New York. His transparent venal blackmail and extortion schemes taint all black leadership." -- Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
"I do not believe that Washington should do for the people what they can do for themselves through local and private effort." -- John F. Kennedy, 1960
"John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the last democrat to love America."
"If my dear friend Donald Trump ever decided to sacrifice his fabulous billionaire lifestyle to become President he would be an ustoppable force for utimate justice that democrats and Republicans alike would celebrate." -- John F. Kennedy Jr. in George Magazine, June 1999
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