In the '70s and '80s, American liberals established a legacy of opposing right-wing, authoritarian regimes throughout
Funny. I thought liberals were all agreed about fighting Al Qaeda!
Rare kudos to the Globe Op Ed cloister for publishing this piece. Perhaps even the Globe’s amazingly flexible editorial logic has been strained to the breaking point by Chavez.
Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial page adds a note on a former
“It's not only morally righteous, it's good business,” Kennedy said in a telephone interview yesterday. “When you're selling to the world's largest market a gigantic percentage of your overall sales in crude oil, you take a little percentage and show that you have concerns about how low-income people are going to keep up with the enormous price of keeping warm.”
Apparently this is how Joe explains that Chavez’s cheap oil ploy is NOT a publicity stunt but a show of true compassion. In all fairness, given the family history Kennedy could be unfamiliar with what constitutes the “morally righteous” except in the context of liberal politics. Meditate on the quote above the next time you hear liberal Democrats like Joe explaining their concept of “economic justice”.
In the WSJ piece, Joe K digs in deeper with Hugo:
We dialed Joe-4-Oil ourselves to ask directly whether it is also "righteous" to assist an anti-American tyrant at the expense of the Venezuelan people. In between berating our reporter for daring to ask such a thing, Mr. Kennedy said that Mr. Chávez has done "so much more" for the poor than any previous government. As for democracy, he said there was "ample room for improvement in the ways that people get elected in
UPDATE: I apologize for the error, but although Joe-4-Oil Kennedy is the 3rd Joe Kennedy in the clan (the oligarch-ambassador and his son the WWII bomber pilot being numbers 1 and 2), he goes by Joe Kennedy II. My mistake.