Last week Mary Richardson Kennedy hanged herself. I am sorry for the loss to her children but I have a bit of a problem feeling sympathetic to the rest of the family. Now taking a break from studying I found this on Hotair.com and it shows the real Kennedy curse.
Kennedy family is riddled with entitled, underachieving drunks, drug addicts and cheaters, who have treated women terriblyI recently posted on 101 Soldierly Thoughts and this one kinda relates.
Along with their waning power, wealth, privilege and prestige, here’s another element of the Camelot mystique that needs to be extinguished: the myth of “The Kennedy Curse.” It’s almost a reflexive national reaction when we hear of yet another Kennedy dying too young, so of course it was invoked again last week, when news broke that Mary Richardson Kennedy, the estranged 52-year-old wife of Robert Kennedy Jr., had hung herself in her barn on Wednesday. A curse, however, implies supernatural intervention by vengeful gods jealous of mortal youth, beauty, brilliance.
...It’s a top-down mentality that began in the 1920s, with patriarch Joe. Leaving aside his other character flaws — running with gangsters, espousing racist and anti- Semitic beliefs, buying his son’s presidential election — Joe was such a callous philanderer that he often brought his mistress, actress Gloria Swanson, home to dinner with his wife, Rose.
Joe, to be sure, set the bar high, and his sons, as we now know, engaged in lifelong attempts to clear it. They performed admirably. Bobby Kennedy ran around on wife Ethel with, among others, Marilyn Monroe (when his brother Jack was done with her) and, after Jack’s death, his widowed sister-in-law, Jackie.
Until recently, JFK’s relentless womanizing was contextualized as a glamorous flaw, one he shared with many other men who have held the office, born of the swinging, shaken-martini ’60s. We now know that JFK was a remorseless predator, a sitting president who got a teenage intern drunk, took her virginity on his wife’s bed, then later suggested she perform oral sex on an aide while he watched. As that intern, Mimi Alford, wrote in her memoir “Once Upon a Secret,” the president would often have her travel with him, stashing her in the cargo hold with the luggage.
And Ted. Where to begin? There are the well-documented stories of truly sleazy behavior, but it’s quite the legacy when partying with your nephew leads to his trial for rape—and that’s just a footnote. Ted was the worst of the three, pitching off a bridge at Chappaquiddick in 1969, leaving a young campaign aide named Mary Jo Kopechne to die at the bottom of a lake while he slept off the booze, then strategized spin control.
Of course, he got away with it. While his long-suffering wife, Joan, slid into alcoholism and depression — after being conscripted to call the Kopechne family and offer the Kennedys’ sincere condolences — Ted continued partying while burnishing his legacy as the Senate’s liberal lion. He finally explained why he never spoke about Chappaquiddick in his memoir, “True Compass,” written while on his deathbed.
“[W]hatever attacks and misrepresentations I have suffered as a result of Chappaquiddick, I know that they have been nothing compared to the grief endured with dignity by Mary Jo’s father, Joe, who died on Christmas Eve 2003, and her mother, Gwen, who died in 2007. I know that my public discussion of that terrible night would only have caused them more pain. I also have a personal distaste for self-justification.”...And lest we forget the third-generation Kennedys: the late Michael Kennedy (affair with the teenage babysitter); Ethel’s nephew Michael Skakel (convicted of the 1975 murder of teenage neighbor Martha Moxley); William Kennedy Smith (tried for rape in 1991); Joe Kennedy II (getting an annulment without telling his wife);Doug Kennedy (kicking and shoving his maternity nurse)...
97. The “leadership genes” in famous American military families usually become weaker as the generations roll by.It works here too guys. Joe Sr, Jack, Bobby were looked upon with reverence. Teddy no such much. And the latest generation are pretty much worthless and I use that term specifically. Joe Kennedy was a true public servant (he brought us booze during Prohibition), Joe Jr was a honorable veteran, Jack did serve the country well in World War II (even if his Presidency was overrated and had to be bought by the old man). Teddy was a true leach hypocrite and the only reason he wasn't sent to prison was because his name is Kennedy. But at least he could get elected over and over (granted it was MA). Now we have the latest generation (e.g. Patrick Kennedy) who get busted for DWI, no one killed and that's the end of his career.
Perhaps we have finally gotten away from the Camelot myth, the belief the name Kennedy entitles you to a seat at power. This country would be better off for it.
Like I recently said about Little Dick Lugar, D(on't) G(o) A(way) M(ad) J(ust) G(o) A(way). Trust me Kennedy family, we don't need your public service anymore!