Ted Kennedy Hospitalized

by Ryan on May 17, 2008

in Anything Else,Politics

Whereas sometimes we at AOR like to poke fun at Ted Kennedy, in times like this it is not appropriate.  He’s human, and we are not just fallible beings, we’re mortal beings who must deal with what life hands us sometimes.

It’s reported at this early hour that the 76-year-old Kennedy was hospitalized with symptoms of a stroke.  We hope he gets better and continues to engage the Right on the issues when this is over.  We may not agree with his politics, but during this episode he’s a fellow human being, not a political dartboard.

So, buck up Ted!

UPDATE: it was officially a seizure.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

wickle May 17, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Ryan, thank you.

I have seen a few other places today on which people are taking absolute delight in Kennedy’s situation, including one blogger who, in no uncertain terms, wished him dead … and then a comment from someone else wishing me the same for stating my disapproval.

As much as I long to see Kennedy out of the Senate, I don’t wish him dead. Thanks for being classy and staying true to pro-life principle. (A hat tip is coming on my own blog, by the way.)


Ryan May 17, 2008 at 9:39 pm


You’re welcome.

I think this is an opportunity to step back from the political trenches and realize that though that is important, when push comes to shove, life and dignity are important too. I appreciate you being on the same page with that concept.

I remember when the Left was giddy when Justice Roberts had a seizure and hurt himself a while back. Like Roberts or not, I thought kicking him while he was down with a possibly serious health issue was horrible and exposed the lowest common denominator prevalent amongst those Leftist bloggers.

They’d be the same people who would cheer in the streets if President Bush suddenly died for whatever reason. So, wishing Ted Kennedy well is not an attempt to seem morally above others, but a recognition that even people with whom we disagree deserve respect in times of crisis or tragedy.


wickle May 18, 2008 at 6:11 am

Absolutely. There were people who took absolute delight in the deaths of Jerry Falwell and D. James Kennedy (no relation). On my own blog, I just mentioned a professor of mine who opened class by talking about how much he was glad that Lee Atwater died painfully. It’s difficult to respect people who would act like that.


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