Sep 1, 2009

Why Chappaquiddick Still Matters

Even all those years ago we were bullied into silence and we acquiesced. We accepted that people were just going to afford forgiveness to a man who did not ask for it. We were roundly criticized for "harping on it" and "not letting it go" and being petty. We were then, and still are now, being told to let it go for the "greater good."

A few brave souls dared bumperstickers and nicknames, since bitter mockery was all that was left to people with some idea of the continuing wrong being perpetrated by the silence, the lack of justice. And so it stayed there in the background of our collective conscience-- those of us for whom the conscience had not become an atrophied appendix of the political body.

And for every year since that seemingly politically inconsequential event we have seen the monster grow:

"Every uncorrected error and unrepented sin is, in its own right, a fountain of fresh error and fresh sin flowing on to the end of time." -C. S. Lewis


To allow the legacy of Ted Kennedy's sin to continue unrepented is to allow all the error and sin of narcissistic disregard to grow unabated still. (In this, Obama certainly does seem to be the, "last Kennedy brother." ) Teddy lived almost long enough to prove Lewis right.

It seems to me that we who were silent for so long must no longer be silent. If Mary Jo ever deserved justice, she deserves it from those of us who will not continue in our own error-- that of mute acceptance, lest we seem unbalanced or zealous.

However, it remains to our political atonement that the Left must be made to acknowledge the horror and error of that day before it can even begin to see the horror of what they would further perpetrate their obviously inconvenient constituency.

9 comments:

samaBlog said...

It needs to be depicted in a movie. His deplorable story should be shown on film. Oliver Stone style (though not with Stone himself directing, of course).

Joan of Argghh! said...

I think you're absolutely correct in that. Nobody will care unless they see Bradjolina telling them what to think.

pamibe said...

Excellent; you captured the prevailing mood so accurately it feels like Chappaquiddick happened only yesterday....

ZZMike said...

It has been said that the evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.

In this case, I'm OK with that.

Bob said...

Joan,
Check out Iowahawk's satire on Kennedy.

Ex-Dissident said...

Joan, thank you once again for expressing what so many of us felt in our hearts, with such clarity. In remaining silent, this albatros grows heavier by day. Maybe someday, this story will receive all the attention it deserves.

Anonymous said...

what would you have him do? Leaving her there was heinous and cowardly (he did acknowledge it as dispicable), but what act would have served?

Joan of Argghh! said...

Let's see. . .

drunk driving
leaving the scene
10 hours of concocting a cover story
a young girl dead after waiting for rescue

There should have been a civil trial.
He should have gone to jail.
And removed himself from public life and service.
"fruits of repentance" are more than just words.

Joan of Argghh! said...

Oh, and maybe not collect Chappaquiddick jokes. Or name his dog, "Splash". Or had a three way in a restaurant. Or shagged numerous other women. Or . . .