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August 26, 2009

Edward Moore Kennedy — An American Hero Dies

Edward Moore Kennedy

Edward Moore Kennedy is an American hero.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on February 22, 1932 and there are not adequate words to describe all he did – known and unbeknownst – for America.  Because of all his work and diligence he made America a better place than she was before he was born. He is one of the greatest legislators in American history and was the voice of progressivism in the United States.

He received his higher education at Harvard University and the University of Virginia Law School and became assistant district attorney for Suffolk County, Massachusetts, and served on John F. Kennedy’s election campaign in 1960.

In 1962 he was elected at the age of 30 to the Senate seat which his brother had vacated in 1960. In 1964 he was re-elected for a full term to the Senate and won subsequent re-election in 1970, 1976, 1982, 1988 and 1994 and continued to serve America until August 25, 2009.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy has represented Massachusetts in the United States Senate for forty-three years. Throughout his career, Kennedy has fought long and hard for issues that benefit the citizens of Massachusetts and the nation.

He is a true American hero that gave of himself selflessly.

Senator Edward Kennedy (Uncle Teddy) 2008 Democratic Convention:

Senator Edward Kennedy (Uncle Teddy) 1978  Democratic Convention on Health Care:

Let us rename the Health Care Reform bill the “Edward Kennedy Health Care Bill” and STAND TALL, BE COURAGEOUS and get his life long dream and hope of a Health Care bill passed.

RIP Senator Kennedy, RIP!


  1. That’s a terrible thing for American…and the world; we all lost a great man and also a long legacy of family patriots and supporters to the American people and politics. We will miss you. Condolences to the family.

    Comment by bblack — August 26, 2009 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

  2. In a life that is littered with ironies, here’s the biggest one of all: His three older brothers – Joe, Jack and Bobby – are eternally frozen in our imagination as the personifications of youth and vigor (or “vigah”). How poignant that our final image of the baby of that family will be as an old man, frail and mortally ill.

    His was the most impressive evolution in American political history. Let’s be honest; in 1962 the guy was a lightweight. He ran for the Democratic nomination against another young man, Edward McCormick, whose uncle was the speaker of the House of Representatives. During a debate McCormick told him that were it not for his name, his candidacy would be viewed as a joke. It was a point well made. It is obvious when looking at film of that campaign that our boy Ted is in way over his head.

    Who would have dared dream all those years ago that this punk kid would one day evolve into the greatest senator ever to walk those halls?

    An incredible realization just came to me: Teddy represented the state of Massachusetts for forty-six years, eight months and nineteen days. That is nearly three months longer than all the years his older brother Jack lived on earth. Forgive the cliche that is so overused it has become trite through repetition, but this really is the end of an era.


    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

    Comment by tomdegan — August 26, 2009 @ 3:40 pm | Reply

    • Tom – thanks for a very retrospective post.

      Senator Kennedy was a rich white man in America with every opportunity and resource that was available yet he unselfishly decided to become a true servant of the American people and spent his entire adult life serving we the American people.

      It must have been difficult for him in ways I cannot imagine to live a life not just for himself but for his brothers Joe Jr., Bobby and Jack as well. He did enough in his life for all four of them — without a doubt they are proud of him.

      I have tremendous respect for all he did for ‘the least of these’ especially because he didn’t have to.

      To whom much is given, much is expected and Edward Moore Kennedy exceeded every expectation.

      Comment by Paulette — August 26, 2009 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  3. I was sad to hear of his death. My condolences and prayers go out to his family.

    Comment by Chris — August 27, 2009 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  4. A definite loss for someone who contributed to society. Yes, his life was filled with many ups and downs — some brought on by self, others not. As a friend of mine said yesterday, “He grew up late in life”.

    One thing for sure, when it came to delivering a partisan speech at a political convention, he was one of the best. His “Where’s George” (’92?) was a hoot.

    Amazingly though, I recently read some comments by people spewing hate even on his death, which is something I don’t understand.

    Thanks Paulette!

    Comment by afrankangle — August 28, 2009 @ 8:30 am | Reply

    • Frank – I am dumbfounded by the hate being spewed. For all we have as Americans we should be some of the happiest, most appreciative and non-judgmental people on the planet.

      Edward Kennedy was a good man and he was human. They are no perfect humans.

      So many Americans call themselves Christians but are so self-righteous and judgmental so much so that it illustrates that we are not mature Christians.

      There are so many policies in American society that Senator Kennedy initiated and implemented. If it was not for him women would not be able to participate in school athletics. That’s just one of so many policies that impact Americans today.

      Matt. 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

      Matt 7:2-5 “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged [if we judge with an evil heart or dark intent, His judgment of us will reflect it; if we judge nobly with honesty and justice, His judgment of us will reflect that, too], and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you [if we use extremes or exaggerations or other ignoble means, our judgment will reflect it and judging with fairness and compassion will garner likewise in His judgment of us].

      Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye [point out his sins, “minor” in Jesus’ example here] and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye [our own sins, even and especially those we will not admit, magnified by our selective blindness]?

      How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ [tell him of his “minor” sins] when all the time there is a plank in your own eye [that there are greater or the same sins in our own lives which we do nothing about or think we are above]?

      You hypocrite* [pointing out the sins of others while by pretense thinking of ourselves as above sin], first take the plank out of your own eye [sincerely ask the Lord for forgiveness and learn and live the Truth and Light by His Word], and then you will see clearly [be in a righteous position] to remove the speck from your brother’s eye [to judge and to help him out of his bondage to sin].”

      Humans are such remarkable hypocrites.

      Comment by Paulette — August 28, 2009 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

      • I’m right with you on this (and I know that you know you were preaching to the choir). 🙂

        Agree-disagree is so much different than right-wrong … thus disagree doesn’t mean wrong.

        I keep wondering what was in Gene Rodenberry’s head when he thought of the Vulcans. Possibly what humans could be.

        Have a good weekend!

        Comment by afrankangle — August 28, 2009 @ 1:45 pm

  5. “Agree-disagree is so much different than right-wrong … thus disagree doesn’t mean wrong.”

    I like that Frank; that’s a great way of looking at so many things.

    Yes, I knew I was talking to the choir. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

    Comment by Paulette — August 28, 2009 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  6. This is sad. I agree, let’s name the Health Care bill after Ted Kennedy.

    Comment by Cats r Flyfishn — August 30, 2009 @ 7:28 pm | Reply

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