City of Roses
As you probably are aware, I myself am no fan of this administration and have been critical of Cheney in many ways, and I made clear as well that I did and do wholeheartedly believe that Cheney's misfire was nothing more than an accident and I believe the way he was ridiculed across the media landscape for that was undeserving, for it was the attorney shot himself who acknowledged it was an accident.
With that said, I'm not surprised this has been all over the headlines today, for after the infamous Chapiquidick incident regarding Patrick's father, as well as a documented history of the family particularly struggling with booze and certain substances, this sort of thing has almost become synonymous to the Kennedy family. Apparently this wasn't even the first time he's been in an accident like this, for I believe I've heard before he got into one when he was in a huge rush to get to a drug store, and from what I understand this isn't the first time he's been to the Mayo clinic.
I do believe Patrick Kennedy should be formally charged with something, some way to be sure he isn't allowed to drive again until he can prove he's been sober for a certain period of time. Because he's a Kennedy, I imagine he'll get a free pass, and it probably has as much to do with his wealth than with his family name. I also think it's evident that Kennedy is dealing with multiple addiction problems, and I also suspect he's in denial or probably even lied when he said he hadn't had any alcohol.
The main concern I have here is how some personalities are rushing out to go at him without offering him the chance to attempt to prove his recovery effort, especially when he didn't kill anyone. In my mind, drug problems and mental problems are no laughing matter, and if anyone dives deep into the archives and examines all the instances I've been critical of Bush and media personalities like Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson, not once have I ever made fun of or laughed at Bush or Limbaugh for their use of drugs and grappling to recovery. Taking drugs and substances is unfortunate and I certainly don't consider a good example for America's youth, but unless they're linked to a horrific crime like rape or murder, there's nothing funny about these struggles and in my opinion anyone who does joke about those things no matter who the struggling individual is is being hit below the belt.
Whenever I go at Limbaugh or personalities like him who often say incredible, inconceivable things in my mind, I'm going at the kooky things they say, not their personal demons. I believe anyone here has the right to go at Kennedy here, but I only hope the intent of doing so is questioning the accident issue itself, rather than going at him because he happens to be a Kennedy or a wealthy Masachusetts liberal, which unfortunately I believe some are approaching it by the latter.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"