Ted Kennedy

May 21, 2008 at 12:43 pm | Posted in U.S. Politics | 2 Comments
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As people from right across the political divide pray for his recovery, a brief overview of his incredible record as a public servant:

Kennedy has been a player in literally every major progressive accomplishment of my life, usually a major player, quite often the leading player: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, Legal Services, the War on Poverty, environmental legislation, OSHA, bringing down Richard Nixon on the Watergate investigations, ending the Vietnam War, stopping military aid to the Contras in Central America, the Martin Luther King holiday, stopping Robert Bork, the increases in the minimum wage, Family and Medical Leave, National Service, Motor Voter Act, S-CHIP. His fingerprints are on all of that legislation, and more. And even where he failed, on universal health care and labor law reform and stopping the Iraq war and other battles, he fought the good fight with passion and heart and courage.

The writer ends on this note:

I hope like hell his fight is not ending, that he does not go gentle into that good night, because we need his passion and heart and courage in these cautious, careful times all the more.


Via Ezra Klein, footage of Kennedy’s beautiful eulogy for his brother Bobby:

I hope this still rings true today, regardless of country:

The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of new ideas and bold projects. Rather it will belong to those who can blend vision, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the ideals and great enterprises of American Society. Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not completely beyond our control. It is the shaping impulse of America that neither fate nor nature nor the irresistible tides of history, but the work of our own hands, matched to reason and principle, that will determine our destiny. There is pride in that, even arrogance, but there is also experience and truth. In any event, it is the only way we can live.



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  1. Too bad the fine senator didnt have the fight or the guts to save Mary Jo at Cappaquiddick. I have never forgotten that act of cowardice, and how he walked away clean. NOTHING he has done since can draw an ounce of sympathy from me for this man. Life is tough Ted… wish Mary Jo were here to tell you so!!

  2. Edward,

    Fair enough, but if a politician you respect dies or gets hit by a serious illness and someone appears on a blog or messageboard stating the reasons they have ‘no sympathy’ for that person, please don’t get upset or emotional about it, because you’ll just look like a hypocrite.

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