Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)
A lion has left us.
We knew his time left was short when he was too ill to attend services for his sister, Eunice, but the sad inevitable reality of his death is still painful. He was an institution in the senate, and his legacy includes almost every piece of major legislation in the past 47 years. His brothers may have been more dynamic, but in the long run Ted may have had the greatest impact on history. Unlike his brothers, whose lives were tragically cut short, Ted's influence spanned decades. His death marks an end of an era; the "Kennedy Democrats".
He leaves behind one major piece of unfinished business. The best way to honor the memory of Ted Kennedy will be to pass a health care bill that will truly help ALL Americans.