Boston Globe August 30, 2009 Re: Don't change rules mid-game By Rep. Bradley Jones August 30, 2009 Democracy in Massachusetts? Bradley Jones is correct by calling the attempt to change the law in the middle of the game, which is no game, but a serious double standard breach of democracy. Why is there a rush to change the law in Massachusetts so that the Democrat governor can appoint a Democrat Senator to replace Ted Kennedy rather than to follow the law and allow the voters to elect a Senator in January 2010? The answer is purely political power in order to maintain the Democrat super majority of 60 in the U.S. Senate so they can ram through their costly agenda before January, and to give the appointee the elective edge. And that is purely undemocratic, un-American and unconstitutional -- disenfranchising the voters at the request of Senator Kennedy prior to his death. **** Los Angeles Times August 30, 2009 Constitution prohibits granting titles of nobility Lest we forget, other than supporting President Bush's No Child Left Behind education reform, Ted Kennedy's legacy consists primarily of being a career-long advocate for special entitlement programs, including immigration and children's health insurance. He was also an opponent of the Gulf War, viciously attacked the confirmation of Judge Bork and every conservative nomination to the Supreme Court. More than anything, he worked tirelessly for universal health care. Unfortunately, supported by celebrity-obsessed biased media, the Obama administration and the Democrat Congress will undoubtedly immortalize Kennedy to pass their health care dreams, which would become a socialized medicine nightmare for the American people. Memorializing a partisan politician to such an extent is simply un-American and no place for the fraudulent nobility elite. Indeed the Constitution prohibits titles of nobility, so why do former presidents, senators and others still carry the titles, when they were supposed to have been public servants? The tragic death by cancer of any human being notwithstanding, Sen. Ted Kennedy was little more than a member of the most corrupt political family of privilege in America's history. The long-term senator's legacy is a prime example of how too many of our elected officials stand for representing themselves in gaining personal power and self-aggrandizement far more than representing the people. Of course the reason is, our failed two-party political system continues to be as self-corrupting as ever. President Obama and his White House cabal are taking full advantage of that... **** Washinton Post August 30, 2009 President Robert Byrd - A scary thought President Obama and the Democrat Congress will undoubtedly rename the health care bill for Senator Kennedy, who was so arrogant as to add health care to the Bill of Rights as a right, not a privilege. As if national health care, national green energy legislation, nationalized corporations and sneaky gun control are not disturbing enough, imagine this: If, God forbid, something were to happen to the president, vice president and the speaker of the House at the same time, the 91-year-old president-pro-tem of the Senate, Robert Byrd would become president of the United States. A scary thought in these trying times. **** Boston Globe August 29, 2009 No time to immortalize Kennedy The tragic death by cancer of any human being notwithstanding, Sen. Ted Kennedy was little more than a member of the most corrupt political family of privilege in America's history. The long-term senator's legacy is a prime example of how too many of our elected officials stand for representing themselves in gaining personal power and self-aggrandizement far more than representing the people. Unfortunately, supported by celebrity-obsessed biased media, the Obama administration and the Democrat Congress will undoubtedly immortalize Kennedy and his years of promoting national health care to pass their health care dreams, which would surely become a socialized medicine nightmare for the American people. Indeed, the likes of FDR, LBJ, Ted Kennedy and now Barack Obama are the insipid symbols of political philanthropy with other people's money -- beleaguered taxpayers. **** San Francisco Chronicle August 28, 2009 Sen. Kennedy is not eligible for Arlington burial According to Arlington National Cemetery burial rules, only those in the military who served on active duty, not training, are eligible for ground burial at Arlington. Honor guard service and vacationing in Europe is hardly considered active duty. Ted Kennedy's military service was questionable, minimal, and privileged as follows... Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in June 1951. Following basic training at Fort Dix, he requested assignment to Fort Holabird for Army Intelligence training, but was dropped after a few weeks without explanation. He went to Camp Gordon for training in the Military Police Corps. In June 1952, he was assigned to the honor guard at SHAPE headquarters in Paris. His father's political connections ensured he was not deployed to the ongoing Korean War. While stationed in Europe he travelled extensively on weekends and climbed the Matterhorn. He was discharged in March 1953 as a private first class.