Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thank You Senator Kennedy

Much has been said and written about the late Senator Edward Kennedy in recent days. Since his death on Tuesday, an outpouring of primarily fond remembrances and tributes have come forward from presidents, colleagues in the congress, members of the Kennedy family, and finally the American people.
It's impossible to say something that hasn't already been said about the Senator in terms of tribute. So, I won't attempt to glorify the man nor point out his faults. I like to think of him at work, where regardless of victory or defeat, he was in the arena making his case for whatever cause was being discussed. The picture on this post is the way I want to remember him; as the people's advocate.
One of the reasons I am a Liberal is Ted Kennedy. Senator Kennedy pushed for programs that would invariably cost himself and people in his wealth level money. The reason he did this was not because he necessarily wanted wealth distribution, he certainly enjoyed the privilege of wealth. I think he did it because he was thunderstruck by the plight of the people in this country who are wanting. Whether he was arguing for civil rights, women's rights (thanks to his efforts and many others, because of Title IX, my daughters can compete in athletics in school and university), and his self proclaimed "Cause Of My Life", national healthcare, Mr. Kennedy seemed to always be on the side of those who were in need. I think Mr. Kennedy had an innate sense of fairness and this showed up time and again as exemplified in 2007 when he was on the floor of the senate roaring his displeasure at the time it was taking to consider an increase in the minimum wage.
A good but flawed man, he worked very hard for his principles, his constituents and honestly, for people he never even knew. I'll close this post with an excerpt of the eulogy he did for his brother Robert. I think it is just as fitting for Teddy.
"My brother need to be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it."
Thank you Senator Kennedy.

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