The Kennedy myth has taken some well-deserved hits over the years. The carefully crafted image of the Kennedy White House as King Arthurâs Camelot has been tarnished by seemingly endless revelations of the past and current sins of the clan. The real Camelot only had to contend with the Queenâs infidelity, which was kept under wraps for the good of the kingdom, until Arthurâs bastard son, Mordred, sired before Arthurâs marriage to Guinevere, appeared and spitefully destroyed the idyllic kingdom his father had created.
The legendary Camelot did not have to contend with a free press, which even with its contingent of fawning true believers, (see Chris Matthews, still trying to rekindle that old-time tingle), has recorded a litany of Kennedy sins from the old manâs bootlegging, insider-trading, womanizing, conspiring with mobsters and stealing a Presidential election, to JFKâs lying about his health, copulating with everything in sight (including gangster molls, Soviet spies and film goddesses), bungling his first meeting with Kruschev so badly that it emboldened the USSR to put missiles in Cuba, abandoning Cuban freedom fighters he had sent on a suicide mission, entertaining covert operations to assassinate Castro, and finally launching the war in Viet Nam. And need we even mention Teddyâs taxi service or William Kennedy Smithâs rape trial? The erstwhile Mrs. JFK, who concocted the Camelot fraud, was, due to her role as grieving widow, spared prying questions.Â It is due to her talent for public relations that the myth hath endured so long, and she never had to respond in regards to âHow long did you and John-John practice that salute?â or âWhy do you think your son has grown into the spitting image of Peter Lawford?â
However, the myth of the Kennedy clan as earnest public servants is now taking a pummeling reminiscent of when Frazier met Foreman, this because Joseph P. Kennedy II, son of former N.Y. Senator and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, has been for the last few years participating in an exercise of self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment, which marks him as a traitor to the last surviving wisps of his familyâs fabricated legacy and every principle of social justice worthy of contemplation.
In a nutshell, Kennedy has sold himself for an estimated $400,000 per annum to be a mouthpiece for Hugo Chavez, who is attempting to win a propaganda war with the U. S. State Department. Chavezâs weapon in that war is his countryâs oil reserves, which he has stolen from his people and is using according to his dictatorial whims, while his people, desperately in need of the income said oil might generate, continue to spiral deeper into poverty and crime. Chavez has generously given home heating oil to Joe Kennedy to give to us. See? Hugoâs not a tyrant. Heâs a good guy. Thinking of Granny in Dorchester.
Joe Kennedy: Whoring himself for Chavez and Citgo
Smarmy Joe Kennedy would have us all believe that the oil is a gift from our friendly neighbors to the south, the VZ people, who feel sorry for the fact that so many of us living in the United States canât afford to heat our homes in the winter. Does anyone believe that the VZs are living so high on the hog that they can toss their leftovers to the richest nation on Earth? What about the multitudes of VZs who do not have indoor plumbing? Who are reduced to wrapping their feces in newspaper to be tossed onto piles on the hillsides outside their homes? As they make their early morning trek to the edge of the village and warm up their throwing arms, are they really thinking of those poor Americans on fixed incomes who have to turn their thermostats down to 68? Do they have any knowledge of what Chavez has done, or is it a mystery to them why one of the greatest oil producing nations in South America has chronic gasoline shortages? If they had any information about how their resources are being pillaged and wasted for the exclusive benefit of Messrs. Chavez and Kennedy, could they do anything about it?Â Given the multitude of thoroughly documented crimes Chavez has committed against his people, this seems doubtful.
Hugo Chavez: Human Rights Abuser
According to the State Department, Chavezâs human rights abuses include:
âUnlawful killings, including summary executions of criminal suspects
âWidespread criminal kidnappings for ransom
âPrison violence and harsh prison conditions
âInadequate juvenile detention centers
âArbitrary arrests and detentions
âCorruption and impunity in police forces
âCorruption, inefficiency, and politicization in a judicial system characterized by trial delays and violations of due process
âPolitical prisoners and selective prosecution for political purposes
âInfringement of citizensâ privacy rights
âRestrictions on freedom of expression
âGovernment threats to sanction or close television stations and newspapers
âCorruption at all levels of government
âThreats against domestic NGOs
âViolence against women
âTrafficking in persons
âRestrictions on workersâ right of association
A Kennedy Conspiring with a Commie Rat Bastard? Say it ainât so, Joe!
So hereâs the case in a nutshell: Joe Kennedy has received stolen goods and is distributing them to a far wealthier class of people than those from whom the goods were stolen. Yeah, times are tough. But even if youâre living on Social Security in Newark, NJ, youâre not carrying your poop up the side of the mountain to dispose of it. If you take âJoeâs oilâ youâre contributing to the degradation of a Third World nation. Americans are better than that. We lift those nations out of poverty. That was the whole point of the Peace Corps, started, incidentally, by Joe Kennedyâs uncle. By setting himself up as âJoe 4 Oil,â Kennedy is spitting on his uncleâs Peace Corps legacy, spitting on his inaugural exhortation to shake off the lazy attitude of government entitlement and âask what you can do for your country.â Or for the world!
Moreover Joe 4 Oil is proving what Kennedy detractors have maintained for decades, that Camelot was not only an illusion, but a farce. That the Kennedys have always been nakedly ambitious and opportunistic. That they never served their constituents so much as they lived the high life off of them. That they never held a principle they wouldnât abandon for political expediency. But certainly John and Robert Kennedy held anti-Communism as a principle. One worth launching an invasion of Cuba and a war in southeast Asia. John F. Kennedy was killed by a Communist, Lee Harvey Oswald, who had traveled to Cuba and the Soviet Union and was thoroughly indoctrinated into Marxist ideology. Joe 4 Oilâs father, Robert, worked as junior counsel for Senator Joe McCarthy when he was investigating domestic Communism. RFK thought enough of McCarthy to name him godfather to his first child, Kathleen. Now Joe 4 Oil, the Mordred of Kennedyâs Camelot, is spitting on the eternal flame and into the memorial fountain which mark the remains of his forebears.
What would the elder Kennedys think of Joe 4 Oil locking arms with a tyrant and advancing his agenda for a Socialist takeover of South and Central America? Would they feel ashamed? Or would they congratulate him on getting the $400K?
To paraphrase a famous Kennedy, âAsk not what Joe 4 Oil can do for you. Ask what you can do for the people of Venezuela.â At the gravesite of Robert Kennedy is a quotation from a speech he gave in South Africa in 1966:
It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
It is incomprehensible that the man who wrote and delivered that speech against apartheid would ever side with a Socialist dictator, but that’s exactly what his son has done. Joe Kennedy has taken the side of the oppressor. He stands with Chavez. What can we do for the people living under the boot of that despicable dictator? How can we “stand up for an ideal” and “strike out against injustice”? How ’bout we tell Joe and Hugo to shove their oil. We are not a country that steals from the poor.
After a few hours contemplation, I’ve determined that my contempt for Joe Kennedy hath made my snark runneth over, and perhaps conveyed an insensitivity towards poor Americans who find it difficult to get by during especially cold winters. This is not the case. I simply do not accept that we have two choices: abandon the poor or crawl to a dictator. Mr. Kennedy, who lost one uncle in a war against dictatorship and very nearly lost another in that same war, should be adverse to kow-towing to tyrants, let alone taking money to do their bidding. America should solve its energy problem the American way, with free-market solutions, like the Keystone XL Pipeline, that can bring abundant, affordable fuel, thousands of jobs for American workers and a profitable exchange with our allies, not our enemies.