Besides the “end of life panel,” the counseling being suggested in Obamacare, perhaps Senator Kennedy will be able to slip-in some language for an “end of coherence and intelligence” panel, something to treat overly willful adult children – like Rosemary Kennedy. She wasn’t retarded until they made her that way, and they cut deeper than any “Special Olympian” could possibly be. She would never participate in life again even at that level because of a forced lobotomy conducted upon her at age 24, at the orders of her father Joe Kennedy. (She’s the pretty one on the right)
Troubled by the inability of the family to cope with Rosemary’s aggressive behavior, the Kennedy elder, without consulting anyone else in the family, contacted a neurosurgeon and ordered that a pre-frontal lobotomy be performed on Rose, in 1941. (my emphasis added)
Rosemary has been described as being a shy child whose I.Q. tests reportedly indicated a moderate mental retardation, but this is a question of some controversy… Diaries written by Rosemary in the late 1930s, and published in the 1980s, reveal a young woman whose life was filled with outings to the opera, tea dances, dress fittings, and other social interests:
* Went to luncheon in the ballroom in the White House. James Roosevelt took us in to see his father, President Roosevelt. He said, ‘It’s about time you came. How can I put my arm around all of you? Which is the oldest? You are all so big.
* Have a fitting at 10:15 Elizabeth Arden. Appointment dress fitting again. Home for lunch. Royal tournament in the afternoon.
* Up too late for breakfast. Had it on deck. Played Ping-Pong with Ralph’s sister, also with another man. Had lunch at 1:15. Walked with Peggy. also went to horse races with her, and bet and won a dollar and a half. Went to the English Movie at five. Had dinner at 8:45. Went to the lounge with Miss Cahill and Eunice and retired early.
She also was presented to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth during her father’s service as the American Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Placid and easygoing as a child and teenager, the maturing Rosemary became increasingly assertive in her personality… the family had difficulty dealing with the often-stormy Rosemary, who had begun to sneak out at night from the convent where she was being educated…
Educated?? Wait a minute, this sounds like my own strong-willed sister when we were overseas and shipped off to Missionary boarding school. We ALL tried sneaking-out.
Erica at whiskey in a teacup explains:
I’m annoyed that all the coverage of Eunice Kennedy Shriver’s death mentions how she was inspired to start the Special Olympics by her sister Rosemary’s “intellectual disability”. None of the reports I’ve heard have mentioned that Rosemary’s disability was caused by a forced lobotomy, which destroyed her personality, emotions, independence, and ability to function. Nor do they mention that her family, who certainly had the resources to keep her at home, stuck her in an institution for much of her life. Nor do they mention that due to the effects of the lobotomy she was unable to participate in sporting events and therefore couldn’t even partake in the Special Olympics. To present her as someone who just happened to be born mentally retarded is an unacceptable insult.
Again from Wikipedia: Dr. Watts, who performed the surgery while Dr. Freeman supervised and observed, described the procedure:
We went through the top of the head, I think she was awake. She had a mild tranquilizer. I made a surgical incision in the brain through the skull. It was near the front. It was on both sides. We just made a small incision, no more than an inch.” The instrument Dr. Watts used looked like a butter knife. He swung it up and down to cut brain tissue. “We put an instrument inside,” he said. As Dr. Watts cut, Dr. Freeman put questions to Rosemary. For example, he asked her to recite the Lord’s Prayer or sing “God Bless America” or count backwards. … “We made an estimate on how far to cut based on how she responded.” … When she began to become incoherent, they stopped.
Nice use of The Lord’s Prayer – I don’t believe a Psalm has ever been quite so defiled and I would expect even atheists to be revolted. I’m speechless and horrified at the Kennedy family. They deserve everything that has happened to them – karma’s a bitch.
I believe TJIC may have said it best: I seriously didn’t think it was possible, but my loathing for that disgusting clan of abhorrent power-mad elitist scoundrels has managed to grow a little bit more today.