In 1984, I voted for Mondale/Ferraro. The race that year was pathetic, but the one thing I knew was that I didn't want Reagan/Bush for another 4 years. The U.S. was entering into a really bad social, economic, and spiritual time. We were leaving people on the streets, Wall St. was running amok, and religious zealots were getting more than their share of access to the halls of power.
About the only thing I agreed with Reagan on was the handling of the USSR. I was finishing up an extended hitch in the USAF, I was an MTI (drill instructor to the uninitiated) at Lackland AFB, TX, and I was taking heat for my political views and the Mondale sticker on the back of my 1980 Chevy Shovette...Chevette(remember the hatchback?)
We knew back then that Ted Kennedy was a self absorbed, self entitled prick. But now comes this. I had heard from a friend in the intel circles a few years ago that with the fall of the USSR and the access to KGB records came a wealth of information. He had told me that a number of high placed politicians were almost certainly "agents" of the USSR. He may have been referring to Kennedy.
I've read this, about Kennedy trying to get the Soviets to influence the American people so that he could be drafted by the Democrats to run against Reagan. He conspired, or offered to, with the avowed enemy of the USA for his own political power.
As a military man, who knows some of the people under headstones in Arlington and other national cemeteries, it turns my stomach to think of this traitor lying amongst our heroes.
I will not dishonor the others there by pissing on his grave the next time I'm there, but I will not honor him, nor will I weep for his passing.