Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy Passed Away Late Last Night! Our Nation Mourns!

Senator Ted Kennedy (77) died late last night at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a battle with brain cancer. Senator Kennedy served as the patriarch for his extended family, a family that has served our nation and has faced so much tragedy. His family's statement: "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."

Kennedy, the "Lion of the Senate," was considered one of the most effective legislators of the past few decades. He played major roles in passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, and was an outspoken liberal standard-bearer during a conservative-dominated era from the 1980s to the early 2000s.

Senator Kennedy has dedicated his career to fighting for equal opportunity, fairness and justice for all Americans. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that every American has access to quality and affordable health care, and has succeeded in doing so for countless children, seniors, and Americans with disabilities. He has called health care reform the "cause of his life."

As many of my long time readers know, I have respected and admired the Kennedy family since I was a child. My sister and I saw both John Kennedy in 1960 and Robert Kennedy in 1968, when each visited Lansing, Michigan, our home town, when each were running for office in the 1960s. The enduring legacy of the Kennedy family is Public Service, serving as champions of the less fortunate, working tirelessly in support of the needs of working men and women of all colors, of all ethnicities.

Ted Kennedy, an extraordinary Senator and Champion of Social Justice, will be missed.

1 comment:

Vicente Duque said...

The death of the Last Kennedy brothers is a sad loss for all people that have a Hope for Kindness and Humanity for the Poor, the Black, the Hispanic, the Native American Indian, the Immigrant, etc ...

Ted worked very hard for the election of Barack Obama, like Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F Kennedy.

We will never forget the Kennedys, their Great Heart, and their rejection of Sadism and Brutality. Their fights for Civil Rights.

With People like Obama and his Wife Michelle, with Ted and John Kerry ( What a Gentleman ! ) with Hillary and Bill, we can believe in a Beautiful Future for the USA.

When I look at the actions of past and present Republican Incumbents, I get depressed .... and I almost think that the US is down the slope, not of a hill, but of the Himalayas ....

I almost believed in Professor Chalmers Johnson of the University of California : The US Global Empire - The Last Days of the American Empire

But I hope that Mr Obama ( Great Intelligence ) does not fall in the same foolish trap of Mr Bush, that believed that you can export Liberty and Freedom by killing poor illiterate peasants in Pajamas that are at the point of starving.

All those peasants are human beings and deserve respect, they only defend their land from the invaders.

This is my homage to Ted Kennedy - He wasn't a Jingo or Racist, he didn't enjoy raw power to kill and maim - He was a man of Humanity and Kindness.

Vicente Duque

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