August 30, 2009

Speaker Thomas "Tip" O'Neal had the highest regard for President Ronald Reagan.  And although they agreed on just about nothing politically, socially or economically ole Tip thought "The Gipper" was as good as gold.

You may remember Tip O'Neal was from the old liberal Massachusetts establishment and close friends to the Kennedy clan. Yet, he would spend many a dinner's at the White House Dining Room with Ron and Nancy, as friends would do and Tip would never say or do anything behind Reagan's back, because he confronted, argued and disagreed with him to his face.

Not so with the youngest son of Tip's old pal Patrick Kennedy.  Ted, by 1980 the established head of the Kennedy dynasty, hated, even loathed to his inner most being, the person who occupied the White House in the 80's. It was not just Reagan's policies with which Teddy disagreed.  It was the man himself.

Consider this: Nancy Reagan has said on more than one occasion that her husband and Ted Kennedy were good friends, even though their son Michael has elaborated on that friendship as being one way.  His father was a friend to Kennedy, but Kennedy barely tolerated being in the same room with the President.

But that didn't stop Kennedy from trying to undercut Reagan ... with a little help from the Soviet Union.

According to Peter Robinson, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a former White House speechwriter, Kennedy offered to make a deal with then-Soviet leader Yuri Andropov in 1983.

Robinson, writing for, says Kennedy sent his close friend, former California state Sen. John Tunney, to Moscow with a secret message to Andropov: Help the Democrats battle Reagan in the 1984 presidential election, and in return Kennedy would help Andropov in dealing with Reagan.

Robinson recounts that Victor Chebrikov, a top KGB official, recorded the details of Kennedy's offer in a memo that was uncovered in Soviet archives in 1991.

Kennedy promised to:

  • Visit Moscow and prep the Soviets on effective propaganda. "The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA," states the Soviet memo.
  • Help Andropov get on U.S. television. "A direct appeal ... to the American people will, without a doubt, attract a great deal of attention and interest in the country," states the memo. "If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interviews. ... The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side."
  • According to the memo, Kennedy also had told Tunney that he planned to run for president in 1988.

    Robinson writes that there is no evidence to prove that Andropov, who died eight months later, ever took any action regarding Kennedy's offer.

    It's no secret that Edward Kennedy was hostile to supply-side economics, free trade, a military buildup and strengthening the military.  It's no secret about his real desire to be President and to move the country toward a more socialistic state.  It certainly is no secret that the ghosts in his closet were bigger and more terrifying than those of his two brothers.  But what we see here is a side of Ted Kennedy that border along the line of being traitor - a turncoat, if you will.

    All the talk about Ted Kennedy being for "the little guy" and wanting to use the government as the caretaker of millions of poor folks is but a smokescreen for security the votes necessary for him to stay in the Senate, and stay he would, even if he lived to be 100 years old.  But Kennedy was no more for the little guy than he perceived Ronald Reagan to be. 

    But herein lies the difference between these two men."  Reagan regularly and faithful contributed to dozens of charities and programs which aided the under privileged.  He did it himself.  Kennedy, according to his own memoirs, rarely gave anything except to his church, but believed the government was bigger and better than any private organization existing to promote charitable causes.  The interesting thing here is Kennedy would rather force us to use our money, whereas Reagan wanted us to do it on our own.

    Kennedy was not a giver - He was a taker, but alas, he was the bastion of the left, the so-called "Lion Of Liberalism." Going behind Reagan's back to the Soviet officials like he did makes one see him as the seller of souls and the sellout that he was.

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