Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Elitism at its Best

A few weeks ago, Senator Ted Kennedy's son, Patrick Kennedy (Rep.-RI) crashed his car in the middle of the night. He narrowly avoided hitting a police car before he struck a concrete barrier. The officer noted that Kennedy staggered when he got out of the car. He immediately claimed he was a congressman and he was late for a vote trying to take advantage of the claus in the Constitution that says a congressman cannot be arrested when in route to a vote. The sad thing was congress had adjourned three hours earlier. Before he could be given a field sobriety test, a commanding officer showed up, put Kennedy in the back of the cruiser, and drove him home. He was never charged with DUI, wreckless driving, or anything.

A few days after the incident, Kennedy admitted he was addicted to drugs, and admitted himself to a drug rehab clinic for a second time. Yes, it's good to be a Kennedy.

But as if that isn't enough, today Kennedy says if he is ever charged with a crime from the incident, he wants to be treated like he's black.

In an interview, Kennedy said he is prepared "in terms of bookings, in terms of mug shots, fingerprints, whatever they might have me do. It's what anyone else would have done to them if they were an African-American in Anacostia."

Take a minute and consider this statement. Is he suggesting blacks get treated worse than whites in our criminal system? Why distinguish "African-American". Is he suggesting blacks in Anacostia are criminals? Why not say he wants to be treated like anyone else and leave it at that? The answer is he is an elitist Kennedy. Say the word "criminal" and he pictures a black person. Plain and simple.

Sadly, it's too late to treat him like any other prisoner. That ship sailed with him in the back seat of the police cruiser. If that were you or I who smashed the car in the middle of the night, we would be hauled to the hospital for a drug and alcohol test. We would spend the night in jail, and then promptly be given a court date. We would stand trial, our lawyer would tell us to plead no contest and our drivers license would be taken away. If we couldn't drive, many of us would lose our jobs because we don't have chauffers and limos to get us to work like the Kennedy's do. So spare me with your "treat me like an average joe" routine. It's too late for that, buddy.