Lion Of The Senate

August 26, 2009 by  
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I’m very sad about Senator Kennedy’s passing. I’m sad that he passed away from brain cancer, a horrible painful death, and I’m sad to see a man who devoted forty seven years of his life to public service and still had the passion to fight, die.  But mostly I feel sad to see a man who seemed to have found a level of happiness and love for others die.

Ted Kennedy made his mistakes and lived through a life of many ordeals; the loss of all his brothers, Chappaquiddick, the partying, drinking and the trial of William Kennedy Smith, but it seemed that at some point the Senator got back to his life’s path. 

At age 59 Ted Kennedy married Vicky, a lawyer and a single mother who gave him the structure he so desperately needed.

“I had not ever really intended to get married again,” the Senator once told the New York Times. “The people who had been closest to me over the course of my life had disappeared, with that enormous amount of emotion and feeling and love, I thought I probably wouldn’t want to go through that kind of experience again.”

Ted Kennedy was considered one of the most effective legislators of the past few decades.  Ted Kennedy who became known as the “Lion of the Senate” played major roles in the passing 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.  He was an outspoken liberal who knew how to work with Republicans to get important legislation approved.

With his passing it is also the end of a generation of Kennedys that has so impacted this country. Gone are John, Robert and Ted.

Ted Kennedy will not be here to help support Obama’s health care reform, a reform he called his life’s dream. 

Ted Kennedy also had a personal meaning to me.  Whenever my husband Chris wasn’t sure about a political stance he would look up Ted Kennedy’s view and that was good enough for him.

Today on what would have been my third wedding anniversary neither Chris nor Ted Kennedy remains.