Sen. Ted Kennedy, R.I.P.

ted-kennedyI was saddened to learn this morning that Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, died late last night of the cancerous brain tumor he was diagnosed with last year. He fought it to the end. Ted Kennedy was 77 years old.

While his death wasn’t a surprise, I dearly hoped that he’d live to see health care insurance reform take place. It was one of his most passionate causes.

Sen. Kennedy was, in my opinion, the very embodiment of what this country stands for: democracy, equality, civil rights and a fierce unwillingness to dampen or quell those qualities, even during the darkest of times. He endured terrible personal loss — the assassinations of his brothers President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert “Bobby” Kennedy — with courage and commitment, and went on to be one of the most effective and long-serving lawmakers and representatives of the People ever to grace the U.S. Congress. He leaves behind a lasting legacy of accomplishments that touch all our lives and he was, in many respects, responsible for the many rights, under the law, that we Americans enjoy today.

Ted Kennedy fought tirelessly for all of us. One of his most passionate dreams was for all Americans to have access to decent, comprehensive health care, regardless of our income, our color or gender, our current health or circumstances. Unfortunately, he died before realizing that dream. I hope that we, his fellow American citizens, will pick up his torch and make his dream come true. It would be, perhaps, the greatest tribute we could pay this brave, good and decent man.

Rest in peace, Ted. You’re already missed.

Update: The Kennedy family released the following statement this morning about Sen. Kennedy’s death:

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

 

 

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One Response to “Sen. Ted Kennedy, R.I.P.”

  1. Seems like the end of an era. He was a great man and will be missed.

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