The first thing I saw in my RSS reader this morning was the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy after his long illness.
The second thing I saw was this call at Decorum Forum to “get it done for Ted.”
Then came this from Fox News:
Do it for Teddy.
In statements that came steadily streaming out of Capitol Hill Wednesday morning within hours after Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death, Democratic lawmakers tried to embed that message in the health care reform debate.
With the push for legislation hitting a rough patch, Democrats are trying, however delicately, to use Kennedy’s passing as a rallying cry for the legislation, reminding voters that the package idling on the Hill was “the cause” of Kennedy’s life.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose version of the bill has drawn heated criticism from constituents across the country, invoked health care reform almost immediately after Kennedy’s death was made public.
“Senator Kennedy had a grand vision for America, and an unparalleled ability to effect change,” she said in a written statement. “Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration.”
More of the same from Breitbart.com.
And from The Hill:
“Senator Kennedy said that ‘health care is the fight of his life,'” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said in his statement on Kennedy’s death. “Today, we pick up the torch and recommit ourselves to health insurance reform.”
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), who took over Kennedy’s spot as head of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee in the senator’s absence, made note of Kennedy’s legacy on healthcare.
“In Senator Kennedy’s vision of America, every family has access to affordable healthcare, every worker has a paycheck that supports their family and a secure retirement, every child has a right to a quality education, and every immigrant can achieve the American Dream,” SEIU Presidnt Andy Stern said in a statement. “Let us continue his cause. Let us take action this year to pass healthcare reform. And let us continue to build Kennedy’s vision of America.”
And from The Politico, Senator Robert Byrd leads the predictable calls to rename the health care effort after Kennedy (after all, who could oppose the namesake of the honored dead?):
In his honor and as a tribute to his commitment to his ideals, let us stop the shouting and name calling and have a civilized debate on health care reform which I hope, when legislation has been signed into law, will bear his name for his commitment to insuring the health of every American.
One thing you can say for socialists: they’re consistent. Consistently shameless.
They aren’t the slightest bit shy about hijacking a corpse to advance the glorious revolution.
I knew back when Kennedy first fell ill and it was uncertain whether he would even live long that these shameless vultures would use him as a raft to advance socialized medicine. How could I be so sure, even a year before his death? I had seen liberals do it before.
Remember when Democrat Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash? In a disgusting display of bad taste, liberals in congress turned his funeral into a campaign rally.
Allow the Weekly Standard to refresh your memory:
The memorial service was shameless in its partisanship. It started with emotional remembrances of Wellstone, a politician loved by liberals and respected by conservatives. But then Rick Kahn, a friend of Wellstone, turned the event into a partisan pep rally. Democratic celebrities, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, Teddy Kennedy, and Al Gore, were cheered wildly. When Senate GOP Leader Trent Lott and former Republican senator Rod Grams of Minnesota were shown on the TV screen at the service, there were boos. When Mondale was shown on the screen–he didn’t give a speech–he was cheered amid chants of “Fritz, Fritz, Fritz.”
Kahn told the crowd of roughly 20,000: “We are begging you to help us win this Senate election for Paul Wellstone.” He urged Republicans to give up their opposition and let Mondale win with bipartisan support–a clever invocation of bipartisanship to achieve a partisan end, the election of a Democrat. Kahn even called on a Republican House member, Jim Ramstad, by name, saying he should help Democrats win the Senate race.
Both Gov. Jesse Ventura, an Independent, and Republicans were furious over the transformation of the memorial service into a highly partisan event. Ventura and his wife walked out, shaking their heads, during Kahn’s speech. “What a complete, total, absolute sham,” Vin Weber, a former House member from Minnesota and now an adviser to Coleman, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Democratic party “clearly intends to exploit Wellstone’s memory totally, completely, and shamelessly for political gain. To them, Wellstone’s death, apparently, was just another campaign event.”
How pathetic! Trent Lott comes to pay his respects to a man he didn’t really agree with and to that man’s family…and these ultra-liberal hyenas are crass enough to boo him at a funeral?! And to immediately launch the campaign to fill his senate seat with another liberal before the last holder is even in the ground?
And so it is that before Ted Kennedy’s body is even cold, we have shameless liberals in congress trying to pull on the heart strings of Americans to forget about the Constitution, forget about the myriad of proofs that socialism doesn’t work, just “do it for Ted” and pass socialized health care, will ya?
I hate to seem crass, but that is the environment these at-all-costs liberals have put us in. Like the old movie “Weekend at Bernies,” Ted Kennedy “may be dead…but he’s the life of the party.” The socialist party, that is. In the movie, they used a man’s corpse to save their skins, and now the socialists in Washington hope Ted Kennedy’s corpse can save their skins.
Can’t they just allow someone to die in peace, and leave the grieving family in peace to mourn? Apparently not.