Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Remember in February when Vice President Cheney accidentally shot a friend while hunting?  What was the reaction of the libertine media and of the libertine Democrats in Congress?  Did they show any empathy for the Vice President?  Did some demand that he resign?

Remember when it was reported that Rush Limbaugh was addicted to pain pills?  What was the reaction of the libertine media and the libertine Democrats in Congress?  Did they demonstrate any empathy for his situation?  Did some demand that he be fired from his talk show?  Did some demand his arrest, trial, and conviction?  Did some gleefully use the information to trash him personally?

A short article was in the Peoria Journal Star on May 5, 2006, page A2.  “U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-R.I., crashed his car near the Capitol early Thursday, and a police officer said he appeared intoxicated.”  Representative Kennedy is the son of Edward M. Kennedy (Ted Kennedy), the senior, libertine Democratic Senator from Massachusetts.  The other Senator from Massachusetts is, of course, libertine John Kerry.

The article continued with this information.  “Kennedy addressed the issue after a spate of news reports.  His initial statement said, ‘I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident.’

Kennedy said he returned to his Capital Hill home on Wednesday evening after a final series of votes in Congress and took ‘prescribed’ amounts of Phenergan and Ambien, another prescribed drug that he occasionally takes to fall asleep.

‘Some time around 2:45a.m, I drove the few blocks to the Capitol Complex believing I needed to vote,’ his second statement said.  ‘Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication.’

No sobriety tests were conducted at the scene.”

The first line of a Peoria Journal Star news story on May 6, 2006, pages A1 declares “Rep. Patrick Kennedy said Friday he was entering treatment for addiction to prescription pain medication, a decision made after a highly publicized car crash near the Capitol that the congressman said he cannot recall.”

“The congressman’s father, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., issued a statement saying he was proud of his son for admitting his problem and taking steps to correct it.” (page A8)  In February, I wrote that if any libertine Democrat should have empathy for Vice President Cheney it was Senator Kennedy.  The Senator did not demonstrate any such empathy at that time that I am aware of.  I’m glad that at this late stage in his life he has finally demonstrated some empathy—of  course, it may have more to do with the fact that the situation involves his son that any real change of character.  What do you think?

No other libertines were quoted in the article.  To date, I have not read of any libertines calling for his resignation or that he in any way be held accountable for his alleged actions.  (We all are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty.)  In fact, these two articles are the only two articles I have read on the situation in the Peoria Journal Star.  (I may have missed others.)  

Does who you are and your positions on issues seem to make a difference in news coverage and libertine reaction to the events that occur?


Post a Comment

<< Home