So Edward Kennedy has died. No doubt Peter Brimelow will be giving further consideration to this event later—Joe Guzzardi has already weighed in.
But as we brace ourselves for the deluge of cloying nonsense from the Kennedy-loving MSM, one piece of misinformation already stands out:
For nearly a half-century in the Senate, Kennedy was a steadfast champion of the working class and the poor...
Mass. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy dies at age 77 By GLEN JOHNSON The Associated Press Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Senator Kennedy's place in History will ultimately be defined mainly by his role in passing the nation-destroying 1965 Immigration Act, which he never disavowed, even after it had long since become clear it had gone disastrously wrong.
Whatever else may be said about this murderous blow to America, it is indisputable that it has been a catastrophe for the working man, both in terms of real income and of quality of life —and particularly for the marginal community, Americaâ€™s Blacks.
As Peter Brimelow said in Heâ's Baaack!— Senator Kennedy on Immigration Reform
Very few Senators heavily involved in passing a major piece of social legislation are still in the Senate forty years later when the subject comes up again. And absolutely none has looked as spectacularly foolish about it as Senator Edward Kennedy. As floor manager of the 1965 Immigration Act Kennedy assured the country
"First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same... Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.... Contrary to the charges in some quarters, [the bill] will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and deprived nations of Africa and Asia....
"In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think."
These words should be his epitaph.