The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Senator Edward Kennedy died of brain cancer last evening at the age of 77. Kennedy served in the Senate for 47 years and was the champion of liberal causes. His family name helped propel him to national spotlight and his personal failings prevented him from reaching higher political office.

I never cared for Kennedy or his politics but now is not the time to discuss political differences so if you comment I ask that you put aside partisan differences and be respectful. As Michelle Malkin put it:

There is a time and place for political analysis and criticism. Not now.

Yes, there will be a nauseating excess of MSM hagiographies and lionizations — and crass calls to pass the health care takeover to memorialize his death.

That’s no excuse to demonstrate the same lack of restraint in the other direction. Not now.

My friends at Stop the ACLU have a reminder about what mom always said; “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

While I respect all opinions, crass comments about his death will be deleted. I don’t expect people to praise him and certainly understand that sentiment. That is why mom’s wise words are here as a reminder.

The thoughts and prayers of the Big Dog family go out to those grieving for Sentaor Kennedy.

UPDATE: Eric at Tygrrrr Express has a very good post up discussing Kennedy. It gives Kennedy props for something he did and I agree with the sentiment.

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16 Responses to “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”

  1. Blake says:

    Everyone here who has been around me knows I hold no good feelings for his policies, but I do feel for his family- no matter what else he was, he was a father, and a brother, and a member of a large family who doubtless loved him.

  2. FairestWitness says:

    May he rest in peace. I wish his family God’s comfort in their mourning. I also pray his death is not used by the Left to impose government healthcare on us. May we be left in peace, too.

  3. Jan Cermak says:

    I’ve been alive as long as he has held a Senate seat. I sympathize for his family, but I will speak honestly and look forward to a new day dawning without Kennedy influence. Edward was a pale shadow compared to his brothers, and I can never recall, even as a young man, finding anything honest or noteworthy in his rambling speech and responses on the public stage. If a lion, he preyed upon his constituency, the American people, and the Constitution. I see nothing of value in this man’s life and scope of influence. The world is a better place.

    • Big Dog says:

      I am more than happy to entertain the recap of his life and discuss any successes and failing he had because these are historical. I do not like it when the libs make crass and disgusting remarks when a Republican dies and I will not do that.

      Having written that, the left will use Kennedy’s death to push this health care bill along. They want to rename it after Kennedy, they are now saying it will get passed to fulfill his dream. They will use his death to further their agenda.

      Let’s hope this bill meets the same fate.

      • FairestWitness says:

        Same thing LBJ did after JFK was assassinated, Big Dog. The Great Society was JFK’s dream.

        God help us all. Voters retaliated against the Democrats when they politicized the untimely death of Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash.

        This kind of manipulation of the voters can only be effective if the goals are righteous and the legislation will better society. That is not the case with this healthcare bill.

        Plus, Kennedy was only revered by the Left. He was reviled by the rest of us. He was morally bankrupt and I don’t see his death being able to carry this healthcare bill to passage. JFK was a hero. Teddy was not.

  4. victoria says:

    Instead of directing us not to politicize maybe you should direct it at the left instead.
    http://hotair.com/archives/2009/08/26/videos-chris-matthews-not-politicizing-kennedys-death/

    • Big Dog says:

      I don’t have any trouble with being political about it, just not crass with vile comments.

      What do you expect from the left? They would not listen to me anyway but if they did things would run better.

  5. victoria says:

    Me crass–never.

    • Big Dog says:

      You are not crass and most people who come here are decent even if we disagree politically. Darrell Adam and Sav are on a different end of the spectrum but they are decent people who want what they think is best.

      The crass stuff applies to fly bys who might leave turds.

      I have seen it at several sites today.

      I despised the man and his politics but he is dead and my thoughts go to his loved ones.

      I know the good people here can express themselves without becoming like the morons at DU or Kos.

      Look at how my friend Gribbit handled it. He expressed exactly how he feels without being crass….

      No one has been bad here. Call it a preemptive strike even though the left claims not to believe in those.

  6. Gribbit says:

    In light of your comment restrictions and my respect for you Big Dog… On the matter of the Death of Edward Kennedy I will remain MUTE.

    Take from this comment what you must.

  7. Bunny Colvin says:

    I thought crass comments would be deleted. Of course, they are not. Especially this turd from Jan the Man…”the world is a better place”. If I’d said that about Reagan or Falwell, my comments would surely have been deleted.

    Good work, Doggie.

    • Blake says:

      Gee Buns- Jan said it as tactfully as He could- you do not even try to restrain your pottymouth, do you?
      Do not worry- Teddy has been planted now- we will get back to the facts about Mary Jo soon enough.

    • Big Dog says:

      I did not consider that to be a crass comment. He expressed his opinion that the world is a better place.

      You have made plenty of insulting and crass statements that have not been deleted. You are a typical Obamabam leftie, inject phony concerns and indignation into the conversation.

  8. Bunny Colvin says:

    One thing is for sure- the world became a better place the day Charlton Heston died.