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Death is the great equalizer. It’s the door that we all have to pass through (Heb. 9:27). In life, no one is really equal, not even before the law. Ted Kennedy used the tragedies of others to increase the power of the Federal Government. He has been described as a lion, but we were his prey. It’s easy to be beneficent with other people’s money. Recounting Kennedy’s legislative legacy is little more than a list of ever-growing government programs that have cost tax-payers hundreds of billions of dollars. Now the Democrats want to pass the multi-trillion dollar healthcare bill in honor of the last of the Kennedy brothers by calling it KennedyCare. They learned this trick from the political master himself. Kennedy survived the Chappaquiddick incident because of the sentiment the people had for his two assassinated brothers, and the fact that Ted could bring home a lot of pork.

If Ted had not been a Kennedy he would have been drummed out of office after the facts became known about what happened to Mary Jo Kopechne. He left the scene of the accident, passed homes with their lights on as he made his way back to his hotel, did not immediately report the accident, and two fishermen reported the submerged car at 8:20 the next morning. A diver was brought in, and Kopechne’s body was discovered around 8:45 AM.

The diver, John Farrar, later testified at the inquest that Kopechne’s body was pressed up in the car in the spot where an air bubble would have formed. He interpreted this to mean that Kopechne had survived for a while after the initial accident in the air bubble, and concluded:

Had I received a call within five to ten minutes of the accident occurring, and was able, as I was the following morning, to be at the victim’s side within twenty-five minutes of receiving the call, in such event there is a strong possibility that she would have been alive on removal from the submerged car.

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Farrar believed that Kopechne “lived for at least two hours down there.” If you want to pass a healthcare bill, call it “Kopechne Care” as a reminder of how politicians abuse power and use their political clout and connections to impoverish this nation and jeopardize our freedoms.

One more thing. If Ted Kennedy had been a Republican, his obituary would have read something like this: “Former disgraced Senator Edward Kennedy died this week. He is most remembered for leaving the scene of an accident where he left a woman to drown as he waited until the next morning to report what he said was an accident. This gave him an opportunity to work on his story for the press in hopes of staying in office. It didn’t work. Conservatives hold their leaders to a higher standard.”

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