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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Little Help Here?

I heard Caroline Kennedy on TV today saying her family had "spent generations" in something called "public service."

Now, ordinarily when I think of service, I think of somebody who does something I'm willing to pay for voluntarily, and does so better than his competitors. Nothing done by anybody in that family comes to mind as a public service--except for maybe Joe Kennedy, who provided bootleg whiskey to people who wanted it despite the interference of a bunch of federal goons. Other than that, I got nothin'.

Anybody got any idea what the lady was talking about?

10 Comments:

Anonymous autocrat said...

Well, it's not so much what we _think_ that matters - but what we "feel" that counts, in these trying times.

Also - no doubt a symptom of your cynicism - you completely missed (or purposely filtered out, you untrustworthy mutualist bastard) that the true soul food was not the lunch that was enjoyed, but the message, nay the _truism_: that Government is where "we" need to come together to solve "our" problems. amen. Can you feel it?

December 19, 2008 1:46 AM  
Anonymous Mike Gogulski said...

Wikipedia says that Wm. Kennedy Smith worked as a physician and medical instructor prior to his 1991 rape case... that's something, right?

December 19, 2008 2:54 AM  
Blogger professor-rat said...

Now ordinarily when a Bushie thinks of service I udderstand that they think of a Stallion being milked ( Sear Maria Shriver and full press cor)
So there is really no confluence here Kevin. ( Atishoo!)

December 19, 2008 4:01 AM  
Blogger scumble said...

Well they say politicians are our "servants". Perhaps I can get Gordon Brown to clean my kitchen.

December 19, 2008 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"public service" as in "civil service" as in bureaucrats.

December 19, 2008 6:45 AM  
Anonymous Bob Kaercher said...

Besides providing some whiskey, old Joe Kennedy also wrote some great arguments against U.S. intervention abroad. Other than that, no, can't think of a damn thing.

December 19, 2008 11:25 AM  
Anonymous P.M.Lawrence said...

There's something from my family history. Warning: language barrier; prep school and public school mean something different in British English and US English.

My brother and I both attended the same British prep school that Teddy Kennedy had attended while his family was in England. While my brother was still there, but shortly after I had left for public school, he came down with jaundice. Somehow the news reached Teddy Kennedy and/or his staff. By chance, he himself had also suffered from that while there, so he and/or his staff sent my brother a sympathy card.

December 19, 2008 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How to serve mankind?

With mint jelly.

December 19, 2008 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Dan Clore said...

They provided the inspiration for the band name Dead Kennedys. That is service enough.

December 19, 2008 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Marcel Votlucka said...

Kennedy isn't really "serving" anyone in a real sense, more like *we the people* are expected to serve and obey people of her class...

December 27, 2008 7:11 PM  

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