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CAMELOT ENDS August 26, 2009

Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth, US Politics.

Senator Ted Kennedy died today. Now the promise and dream of Camelot is over, a new narrative might unfold, a new story be told.

His rhetoric, I suspect, often going to the text and sub text  written here, is bound to outlast him. He observed at the Democratic Party Convention last year that universal health care was ahuman right – and it should be.

Perhaps the United States, despite entrenched and socially endowed corporate interests can aspire to join the civilized world, which may be a stretch as great as landing a man on the moon. While about that mission in the interest of the greater good the decision makers so empowered might consider quitting the gilded and murderous succession of imperialist wars, but that would be like flying to Mars and returning alive.

My suspicion is that when national states follow narrow interests, the broader cause of humanity and the globe, even the public interest within their boundaries, become as best secondary. For that reason, the disaggregation of the larger states, if not their disestablishment – to thereby qualify as a realist -would be in the best interest of all of us, who you might recall form the majority on these questions.

The apparent contradiction can be resolved through a global electoral process, which would make democracy everywhere important to everybody. There are those who have an emotional disposition to the point of emotional blackmail against such a proposition of world government. I think they do not understand the dialectical nature of government in its historical development in that emerges from the vacuum created by injustice.

Of course, it would be argued, with some credibility that they understand the nature of government too well. There are among other inherent problems those of scale and funding that have to recognized. As democratic process, reasoned disagreement is the pearl of the oyster, the magic ingredient of the recipe, has partial success in creating better outcomes than otherwise might result from an unaccountable power elite, usually employing violence as the first recourse .

I contend by identifying and thinking about the problems we face, and imagining how they might be solved and resolved, is the most realist thing we can do. With the space and time gained, we create a better history. This principle applies to local democracy as much to the global framework, a better world that needs to emerge.

Shakespeare, often said it first and better, as apparent propagandist for the perpetual war party:

O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend
The brightest heaven of invention,
A kingdom for a stage, princes to act
And monarchs to behold the swelling scene!
Then should the warlike Harry, like himself,
Assume the port of Mars; and at his heels,
Leash’d in like hounds, should famine, sword and fire
Crouch for employment. But pardon, and gentles all,
The flat unraised spirits that have dared
On this unworthy scaffold to bring forth
So great an object: can this cockpit hold
The vasty fields of France? or may we cram
Within this wooden O the very casques [helmets]
That did affright the air at Agincourt?
O, pardon! since a crooked figure may
Attest in little place a million;
And let us, ciphers to this great accompt,
On your imaginary forces work. . .

(Henry V, Prologue)

Such a method can be appropriated for other more serviceable and human ends.


At Truthdig, Robert Scheer says Ted Kennedy was the real deal. Talking from direct express he gives singular praise that flies in the face of the popular stereotype given to politicians:

Not once in those interviews did I find Kennedy to equivocate or slide into the amoral triangulation that defines almost all successful politicians. They position themselves, but he took positions, and as in the case of health care reform, he would end his life fighting for those causes with his last breath.

Steve Benen at The Washington Monthly concludes that “Ted Kennedy will be missed”.

Savvy Juan Cole notes:

. . . that Kennedy got virtually no time on network or cable television for his critiques of Bush while the Democrats were in the minority. But CNN devoted half the day to covering John McCain’s criticisms of Obama today. A millionaire senator from Boston was too far left for the corporate media. RIP. He has left a heavy burden on the rest of us, to see that the US does get out of Iraq and also that 47 million uninsured are finally covered and not just left to die when they fall ill.

The violent-laden, entertainment propaganda media typecasts people such as Cindy Sheenan while excluding their voices, or preferencing others with lesser credentials. She may not be a perfect human being, but let’s not be fooled by cosmetics. She stands in the heartache of her personal tragedy she shares with others and sees through her own eyes.

At Crickey, Bob Ellis recounts what he claims is the true story of Chappaquiddick.

James Carroll overlooks Chappaqquidick but refers to the assassinations of the Sixties and the resulting post traumatic shock syndrome. In his final speech to the Democratic Convention, Kennedy, he writes, affirmed life.



1. Col - August 28, 2009

A sad day.. he (and his brothers) left large shoes to fill.

wmmbb - August 28, 2009

I remember the two earlier deaths. I remember having breakfast before going to school and hearing the earlier unconfirmed report on President Kennedy’s death. I tend to confuse the news of Bobby’s death and that of MLK. Both were in 1968, respectively in June and April.

Any death is sad, but at least Teddy died of natural causes and not assassination. I hope his legacy will be success in a universal health care system.

Our public system in Australia is called Medicare, so there is probably a connection to Premier Tommy Douglas’ innovation in Saskatchewan.

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