The 1983 essay "In Defense of Elitism" by Harry Crocker III included this line, read dramatically by Kennedy: "People nowadays just don't seem to know their place. Everywhere one turns blacks and hispanics are demanding jobs simply because they're black and hispanic..."
The essay may not have been funny, D'Souza acknowledges, but Kennedy read from it as if it had been serious instead of an attempt at humor.
So --- now quoting satire out of context is fair game for attacking someone's character??? Good Lord am I ever in trouble!
Now the question that begs asking is this: Did Kennedy knowingly use satire as part of his attack, or is he just the mindless dufus I believe him to be who took these notes from some staffer who got them from some frothing at the mouth left-wing blogger and just used them without checking into it? Hmmmmmm... Either way, he comes off pretty much just as bad!
Meanwhile, since membership at any time in one's life with any group makes one personally responsible for any statements or actions by any other members of that same group in perpetuity (the new standard Sen. Kennedy himself would seem to like to establish), I hereby call Sen. Kennedy, by virtue of his membership in one Democrat Party, a bigot (Gov. George Wallace, among many others), a defender of slavery (Many Antebellum American Democrats) and Jim Crow Laws (Many Post-Civil War thru the 1960's Dems), a crook (U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, among others), a sexual deviant (U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, among others), a traitor (Clement L. Vallandigham comes to mind) and a general scoundrel (take your pick).
Wow! This new standard is kind of fun! Thanks, Teddy!
Hat-tips: Rush Limbaugh's radio show (Friday, 1/13/06) and Tim Graham at NewsBusters.
Thanks for the links!
Pat Curley at Brainster's Blog
Dave at The Paladin Blog
Allen Forkum at Cox and Forkum [WOW!] (Great cartoon, BTW!)
John Ruberry at Marathon Pundit
Headmistress SondraK at Knowledge Is Power (Funny, but NSFW image alert!)
Rodger Schlong at Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
Mrs. Greyhawk at The Mudville Gazette
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