Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Senator Edward Kennedy Dead At 77

In the pantheon of Joseph Kennedy's male children, Edward Moore Kennedy aka Ted Kennedy, was destined to be one of the brightest stars. He was regarded by his politically talented siblings as the natural politician.

Most people know that tragedy has struck that generation of Kennedy's beyond what is acceptable in a normal generational context. Joseph Kennedy Jr. died in an airplane explosion in the course of a mission during waning days of the Second World War. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the President of the U.S. when he was struck down in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963. Robert Francis Kennedy was a U.S. Senator for New York and a Presidential aspirant when he, too, was struck down in 1968. from here.

When we include the death of his sister, Kathleen, in an aircrash, we cannot fail to sympathise with the burden that Ted Kennedy must have borne at so many psychological and emotional levels for so many years. For this reason, History must be kind to his memory. Other salient reasons must be for Ted Kennedy's enduring legislative legacy at the U.S. Senate where he championed liberal causes passionately and persuasively for so many years.

So, while I was never enamoured with Ted Kennedy, being more interested in the lives of John F. and Robert F., this is one day where I need to take a moment of silence for the memory of the fourth and, last, living Kennedy brother who has just passed away as Nature intended and, not in the tragic manner that his brothers died.

For a brief, but complete report on Ted Kennedy, check Time's eulogy. But, I will have to say that the most comprehensive coverage was made by the Boston Globe.


hishamh said...

This is really the passing of a generation - one that remembers the horror and sacrifice of a World War, and the threat of nuclear armageddon.

He had an inauspicious beginning (remember Chappaquiddick), but Ted Kennedy has been a mostly principled and enlightened member of the US legislature. He will be missed.

Joy Reed said...

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

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Joseph M. Fasciana said...

More than 300 bills that Kennedy and his staff wrote were enacted into law. He was a proud liberal who believed government can and should play a role to make America a more economically just society, but was also known for working with Republicans to find compromises among senators with disparate views. Kennedy played a major role in passing many laws, including laws addressing immigration, cancer research, health insurance, apartheid, disability discrimination, AIDS care, civil rights, mental health benefits, children's health insurance, education and volunteering. In the 2000s, he led several unsuccessful immigration reform efforts. Over the course of decades, Kennedy's "cause of my life" was the enactment of universal health care, which he continued to work toward during the Obama administration.