Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C.S. Lewis--

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


I wish Ted Kennedy all the best in his attempts to beat his cancer. It would be a terrible way to go, and I'd hate to see a family that's dealt with so much trajedy have to deal with that too. However, having said that, what's the deal with this line, oddly placed in a NEWS story about his illness? "Kennedy's bravery is legendary, but this is a lot to ask of a 76-year-old man, doctors admit." Why exactly is Kennedy legendary for his bravery? He is not a war hero like his brother (not his fault, he just feel into the wrong age group), and his behavior in the only moment of physical danger he encountered was not exactly the stuff of legend...well, at least not a positive legend. He has been a formidable warrior in the Senate, but leading from the mainstream of his party in a safe seat in a liberal state isn't exactly proof of his legendary courage. I'm not trying to attack the poor man, it's just a seriously weird statement. Is it just a little bit of hagiography for a potentially dying man that also convinently gives the author a hook for her piece? Can anyone tell me when he's demonstrated this legendary bravery?

**Hat tip: Jonah Goldberg at The Corner**