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Friday, October 14, 2016

A graphic that's been making the rounds

A friend emailed this:

I don't know who came up with it, but I thought it worth passing along.


Lucian Lafayette said...

Other than apostasy, no crime is so great that the prog/libs will turn on their own.

John Craig said...

Luke --
So true. Their hypocrisy is so obvious you'd have to be willfully blind not to see it, but willful blindness is what political correctness is all about in the first place. Wasn't Teddy Kennedy referred to as "the conscience of the Democratic Party?"

Jokah Macpherson said...

As a teenager, who tended to see things in more black and white terms, it took me a long time to wrap my head around Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick incident once my parents explained it. But viewed in the light of the discoveries from psychology that have trickled into the public consciousness in the last few decades, it makes sense. The women in his life and his supporters may have known logically that he's the kind of person that would be willing to cowardly abandon them to their death to cover his own tail but nothing in his in-person demeanor conveyed this information; instead they saw a charming, charismatic person who was animated and passionate about progressive causes and was a Kennedy (a sacred symbol) to boot, and when they got good feelings it is pretty easy to rationalize away the negatives. We all do it.

"I don't normally like cowardly adulterers but Ted Kennedy is different. He's an amazing man and he's already suffered so much. We should let the past go and give him a chance to be president." -Not an actual quote but just an illustration of the thought process

John Craig said...

Jokah --
Yes, there's one standard for the Right and another for the Left. Had Teddy not been a Democrat, and had he not been a Kennedy, he would have disappeared form public life in 1969. Instead he actually made a (thankfully aborted) attempt to run for President in 1980, and forever after was lionized by the media and the Left, because he believed in the right causes. You're right, the sort of rationalization that goes on requires tremendous powers of self-delusion. The way the New York Times covered his funeral in 2009 was particularly sickening:

I wrote a dissenting obituary for him here:

Anonymous said...

I've come to think that sociopathy ran in the Kennedy family, Old Joe (the father) was one and two of his sons appear to have been sociopaths, JFK and Teddy. Since it results from a lack of bonding, what does this say about their mother, Rose? Were the other children sociopaths, who knows.

- birdie

John Craig said...

Birdie --
I've wondered about that myself. Old Joe certainly seemed to be one. Not so sure about JFK. Teddy was pretty far up the scale. I remember reading one time that Teddy had described his mother Rose as "a complete nobody," which was an interesting ting for a son to say about his mother.

It's hard to tell with the third generation, who are now in their 50's and 60's. RFK's children, all brought up by Ethel, seemed to have a fairly feral quality to them. And that entire generation seemed to have a huge sense of entitlement, since they were all effectively treated as royalty growing up. I knew John Kennedy Jr. a little bit, he struck me as a nice guy. But he may not have been a real Kennedy, I've read that he may actually have been the son of Gianni Agnelli. And in a way that makes sense because he didn't look like the rest of the Kennedy's, or even his sister Caroline.

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John Craig said...

Just spent around ten minutes browsing through those, some are pretty funny, thanks.