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Was he drunk or was she his mistress?


Our admiration has never been nostalgic for either magazine Kennedy, although over time one loses the sense of being picky when considering American politics and its practitioners. Still, we find that Senator Edward Kennedy has to be somewhat rescued in connection with the car crash a while back.

Well, Kennedy may well have made a big mistake when he did not immediately report the accident. Maybe he was cowardly, maybe he was drunk, maybe the dead woman was his mistress. We don't know, and it doesn't interest us. But these speculations may be enough to ruin his political future.

This is what counts for the regular American man and woman. This is the criterion of a politician's ability to instill confidence, and a measure of his moral goodwill.

At the same time, one Lyndon Johnson is responsible for unimaginable killings in Vietnam, one Nelson Rockefeller responsible for exploitation in Latin America, one George Wallace responsible for continued racial hatred and civil rights violations, just to name a few.

These crimes are not mentioned in the sensational press. These people are not covered by the weekly magazines. On the contrary, they are praised and mentioned with a pith and glorification bordering on the absurd. For that very reason, it may not be right to blame the American people too much. But the case nevertheless reveals an uncanny lack of moral judgment and consistency. Even more, it reveals the enormous power factor of the popular popular press.

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