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August 26, 2009 at 1:11 am Matt

On July 18, 1969, Mary Jo Kopechne died at the age of 28.

Update: This afternoon on 610 WTVN AM in Columbus and 1100 WTAM AM in Cleveland, Ohio Senator Tim Grendell summed it up in one sentence. (Click here to listen.)

And let’s not forget his “In Robert Bork’s America” speech:

Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is — and is often the only — protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy… President Reagan is still our president. But he should not be able to reach out from the muck of Irangate, reach into the muck of Watergate and impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would be better than this injustice.

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  • anonR
    I'm not trying to start anything, but.....
    It's a good thing that there have been zero casualites and life-altering injuries in the Middle East since Obama has been in power.
    I agree 100% that it is terrible that so many of our soldiers are harmed, but don't put this all on Bush. At some point, Obama must own the war, economy (and rising defecit) as well as his poor choices.

    I respect Senator Kennedy's contributions and willingness to serve but disagree with his political ideology.
  • Madrigal Maniac
    anonR, not trying to start anything either. Just talkin' politics.

    Obama couldn't just leave the Iraqi's all at once. He has to leave gradually to ensure the safety of the Iraqi people. What Obama has done is switch the focus to Afghanistan where it should have been all along.

    Matt, I'm sure Detroit would be safe too if they had 130,000 U.S. soldiers visiting.
  • This is an unexpected detour. But it is safer in Iraq than it is in Detroit or even parts of Cleveland.
  • Madrigal Maniac
    Not sure what role Kennedy played in the tragic death of Kopechne. I can tell you I was a fan of the man's policy's, not so much a fan of the man.

    But as long as we are evidently placing blame, take a look at these numbers from W's search for non-existent WMD's and compare them to the death of one American in 1969.

    From about.com

    U.S. Troop Casualties - 4,325

    Non-U.S. Troop Casualties - Total 316, with 179 from the UK

    US Troops Wounded - 31,430, 20% of which are serious brain or spinal injuries (total excludes psychological injuries)

    US Troops with Serious Mental Health Problems - 30% of US troops develop serious mental health problems within 3 to 4 months of returning home

    The funny thing is, I bring this up because W is still alive and kicking. I would never bring this up on the day of his death.
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