“I believe this country was founded on a simple idea: that every person deserves to be treated fairly, by each other and by their government.”
Several years ago, Joseph P. Kennedy III’s father conspired with Citgo Oil, a Venezuelan state-run petroleum company, and, indirectly, with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez to provide cheap fuel for America’s poor. While Joseph P. Kennedy II’s plan to provide free fuel oil to poor Americans certainly had noble intentions, the ends do not justify the means. Wittingly or unwittingly and despite his good intentions, Joseph P. Kennedy II was a stooge. He furthered a foreign dictator’s interests by advancing Chávez’s anti-American propaganda efforts.
Some might call that treason.
While Joseph P. Kennedy III should bear no responsibility for his father’s actions, he does deserve censure for defending them. In an interview today, the political scion’s defense for his father’s actions was as follows:
“There’s about $30 billion or so a year of oil that comes out of Venezuela into the United States. It’s the nation’s fifth-largest supplier of oil…To single out my father’s company, Citizens Energy, because they receive a tiny fraction of that and give that away to the poor, and completely ignore the huge multibillion-dollar national and international companies that make huge profits off the oil is hypocritical and irresponsible.”
In essence, Kennedy is rallying to his clan rather than to his flag. At least, I hope he considers the American flag his own, considering the side on which he puts himself in this argument. In defending his father, he engages in the following tactics:
- Obfuscate his father’s facilitating a foreign dictator’s deliberate propaganda campaign to foster internal strife and dissent during a period of severe economic weakness
- Cast aspersions on the legitimate profit-making pursuits of American business interests engaging in responsible capitalism
Whose side is this guy on?
Kennedy is running for Congressional Representative, not Kennedy clan apologist. He would do well to remember that.
The choice is clear:
Voters in Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District can choose either an entitled apologist for his family and that family’s inexcusable collusion with a foreign dictator, or they can choose a military veteran who raised himself up by his own bootstraps like Sean Bielat.