Sen. Edward M. Kennedy – (Teddy)

Mr. Kennedy worked on his remarks before a Patients Bill of Rights rally at the Capitol in 2001. Born to one of the wealthiest American families, Mr. Kennedy often spoke for the downtrodden in his public life.  Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
Mr. Kennedy worked on his remarks before a Patient's Bill of Rights rally at the Capitol in 2001. Born to one of the wealthiest American families, Mr. Kennedy often spoke for the downtrodden in his public life. Photo: Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

It was he who said that “the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.” So it remains true that I must say something in remembrance of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) in this time of mourning for his family, friends, constituents and those who have been inspired by him throughout his long public career.

Born in 1932 to one of the most wealthiest and influential families in America, Sen. Ted Kennedy spoke for “the least of these” and a true advocate for the poor and downtrodden.

Just as Strom Thurmond and Ronald Reagan are revered among republicans for their adherence to conservative values, so is Ted Kennedy for his observance to liberal principles while often crossing the partisan and ideological divide to help enact important legislation across a broad spectrum of social policy. Although he was a leading spokesman for liberal issues and a favorite target of conservative fund-raising appeals and paper political patriots, he had the ability to find Republican allies to get bills passed; a miracle all of its own.

Sen. Kennedy leaves a strong and positive legacy on legislation concerning civil rights, health care, education, voting rights and labor. More than just a senator from Massachusetts, he was a presence of his own. Through the triumphs and tragedies that have found its way to Ted Kennedy few will be able to say with honesty that Sen. Kennedy wasn’t a true “lion”.

So as we will hear some Republicans and Conservatives continue their attacks on Sen. Kennedy during this time I ask that you not participate. It is these who will be left behind. “We know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe all of us will live on the future we make.” – Ted Kennedy

As Democrats now have more reason to pass legitimate reform for healthcare as Sen. Kennedy would have it, I admire Sen. Kennedy for going out like a lion.

Thank you and may you rest in peace Sen. Ted Kennedy.

References & Inspirations
The White House – 08/26/09 “One of the Most Accomplished Americans Ever to Serve our Democracy
New York Times – 08/26/09 “Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies
USA Today – 08/26/09 “Ted Kennedy: A lifetime of public service
The Boston Globe – 08/26/09 “Gov. Deval Patrick Supports Kennedy Request for Change in Succession Rules
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8 thoughts on “Sen. Edward M. Kennedy – (Teddy)

  1. Too bad he could see health care go through – something he proposed in the early 70s. Possibly the division on the legislation is partially due to the fact he wasn’t there.

    An interesting life with so many trials and tribulations … yet always a giver!

  2. “Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is — and is often the only — protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy… President Reagan is still our president. But he should not be able to reach out from the muck of Irangate, reach into the muck of Watergate and impose his reactionary vision of the Constitution on the Supreme Court and the next generation of Americans. No justice would be better than this injustice.”

    I’ll not join in missing a man who said such vile things about an honorable justice of the court.

    1. WHAT?

      Well thank you for proving my point. I honestly have to continue to pray for you that the hate that has found solace within you may be driven out by love. I’ve learned a long time ago that hate only leads to destruction. I’m not sure if you proclaim to be a Christian or not, but if you do I urge you to reconsider your ways or someone will have a far more damning words to say about you at the end of your life. Don’t you realize that you too will stand in judgment?

      So I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

      If anyone else reads the previous comment I hope you keep in mind the cancerous effects hate has on the psyche and the soul of the hater. When Strom Thurman died, I simply quoted what my mother instructed me many years ago. “If you have nothing good to say about someone, don’t say anything at all.” Perhaps there are some others who may not like someone, but in the time of their death it shows the level of ‘home training’ you have when you are able to respectfully allow them to be at peace.

      I will not call your name out, but if people just do their research on the comments in this blog I’m sure they will discover you. I honestly wish grace be upon you and your life. You honestly have lost your way and/or have been caught up in an ideology that feeds on hate and fear. Good Luck Dude and Goodbye.

  3. Goodness…I understand your not wanting to speak ill of the dead. Certainly, the Kennedys spoke nothing ill about the Kopechne family when Ted killed their daughter. Oh wait…that isn’t true, they did speak ill of her to cover up their son’s atrocious behavior.

    Well, then…how about the Moxley family when Ted’s nephew murdered their daughter? Nope, the Kennedys failed to abide by that rule and Teddy was quoted with a few negatives about the innocent young lady.

    You likely will delete this because I doubt you tolerate decent but do not believe for a moment that his contributions, such as they were, will outweigh the legacy of his failures.

    1. And I thank you for proving my point again. It’s simply amazing how someone who doesn’t know me and haven’t taken anytime to read anything I’ve written, before making an ignorant ass hate driven conclusion. What you fail to understand is that your time will come too and if this comment is typical of the legacy you wish to leave, then fine. Even some of your hero’s such as Strom Thurman, Ronald Reagan and other equally polarizing figures was able to befriend Kennedy, but I guess that’s too much for someone such as yourself.

      It’s honestly a waste of my time considering someone who is unconsiderate. You have the ability, but choose not to utilize it. The typical calling signs of individuals who spew such disrespectful comments such as yourself is the need for validation, justification and acknowledgment. I have little reason to continue offering my time to your ridiculous statement of Sen. Kennedy or anything else. You have my prayers that you find a healthier solution to relieve you of your hate. I suggest love, acceptance and tolerance. What you say I don’t have. 🙂

      These people are fun.

  4. I think this is the best way I can effectively respond to the often unrealized bitterness and hatred that people have.

    Ephesians 4:31-32 (New International Version)

    31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
    32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

    Far too often many of us, myself included are quick to anger. I honestly try to be considerate of others, even those who offer little reason for consideration. But there comes a time where the only thing I can do is pray for them and for myself to get rid of the things mentioned in these two verses.

    I don’t hate those who have hateful things to offer, but just wish they would just consider what they’re doing.

  5. Good post. You could argue that Kennedy’s entire life’s work was fulfilled on Election Day last year. He more than anyone realized that hope and change were slow-moving targets–the groundwork for which had to be laid years or decades in advance. The work that JFK started was set back a little by Nixon, then a lot by Reagan. But Ted continued to work behind the scenes, preparing for the day when all of the hard decisions would have to be answered in favor of progress for all, not just the rich.

    The election of Barack Obama and of pragmatic Democratic men and women as Ted’s colleagues in the Senate was the clearest mandate of the last forty years to fundamentally improve the direction our country is headed: to provide healthcare for the have-nots, to end needless killing abroad, to improve the opportunities afforded to women, and to right our education policy.

    2009 is the closest we have come to realizing Ted’s dream. Let’s hope that his dream will become Obama’s reality very soon.

    1. Good point. I actually haven’t realized that aspect. I hope you’re correct.

      Thanks for offering a respectful and on-point comment, but that’s not out of the ordinary for you anyway. 🙂

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