Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, died just before midnight last night, succumbing to a long battle with a malignant brain tumor. Kennedy was one of the most influential members of the Democratic Party, the “liberal lion” of the Senate. His work involved challenging civil rights failures both here and abroad by challenging Lyndon B. Johnson to push to end the poll tax through the Voting Rights Act and by to end apartheid, advocating sanctions against South Africa. He contributed to ending injustices in the immigration system, working to end the quota system of immigration during the Johnson administration and recently trying to pass comprehensive immigration reform with Senator John McCain. He worked for achieving his goal of healthcare for every American, a dream he called “the cause of my life,” since attempting in 1971 to institute a single-payer system. He was instrumental in the creation of SCHIP, and worked to the extent that his health allowed on the current opportunity for healthcare reform. Called “the best strategist in the Senate” by then-Senator Joe Biden, Ted Kennedy was a champion for progressive causes who changed the lives of millions. He spent his life working for a fairer America, an America where the dream of liberty and justice for all becomes a reality.

“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”


ShamRockNRoll said...

It's really sad to see the last Kennedy brother go. I really look up to all three of them. Despite their human failings, they all believed strongly in public service and fighting for a better world for those who are so often forgotten and overlooked. I think many like myself who grew up in a strong Irish-Catholic family felt a special affection for them. I remember my grandfather and uncle often talking about the Kennedys to me when I was a kid. After taking an interest in politics my uncle would playfully encourage me to keep working hard and doing well so we could get "another Kennedy" in the White House. Anyway, just reminiscing a bit... Ted, like his brothers before him, will be deeply missed.

Bill said...

Good to see you posting again, Mike! A fitting tribute to a legendary public servant.

Andrea Watts said...

great post Mike ---- love that picture of them.