Noblesse Oblige gone with Ted Kennedy

Ted, Robert and JackTed Kennedy, last high-born American public servant, exits stage left. The Kennedy brothers set a fine example of how to account for yourself once you have enough money. Today it’s thought sufficient to follow in Rockerfeller’s footsteps: donate the requisite sums to be called a philanthropist, or occupy high offices to entrench the family riches.

We refer to the Kennedy Family as American Royalty, in reality John, Robert and Theodore were not even well-born. They were ordinary kids when Joseph Kennedy built his empire on bootlegging and racketeering. Even ascended, the Kennedys had nothing on the Vanderbilts and the Astors, nor the Carnegies or Morgans.

The Kennedys were dubbed a pop-honorary monarchy with the reign of JFK of Camelot. It was the shortest of dynasties. Youngest brother Ted’s extended preeminence in the Senate stands perhaps as America’s singular example in modern times of a wealthy scion, in more than just appearances, looking after the interests of the common man.

Now Americans like their nobles in their own image. Self-interested hedonists, who shoot for the moon, save Africa one baby at a time, and screw the lesser-fittest with a wink and a grin.

2 thoughts on “Noblesse Oblige gone with Ted Kennedy

  1. AvatarTony Logan

    What is so sad about this piece you wrote, Eric, is that just a day or so ago you were intensely busy informing me that you had not the least bit of illusions that there was any decency to the Democratic Party elites (or ‘royalty’ as you would have it now!) And now here you are waxing silly with talk of ‘the reign of JFK of Camelot’ and how Ted Kennedy supposedly was ‘America’s singular example in modern times of a wealthy scion, in more than just appearances, looking after the interests of the common man.’ Oh really? Really? OH bloody silly bullshit here, now! …really!

    ‘Ted Kennedy, last high-born American public servant, exits stage left’. Eric, hand me a barf bag please. See my commentary about this Lizard of the Senate’, now to be written.

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