The Lion Of The Senate: Edward M. Kennedy 1932-2009

…”Beneath it all, he has tried to engender a social conscience. There were wrongs which needed attention. There were people who were poor and needed help. And we have a responsibility to them and to this country. Through no virtues and accomplishments of our own, we have been fortunate enough to be born in the United States under the most comfortable conditions. We, therefore, have a responsibility to others who are less well off.”…

– Edward M. Kennedy, address at the Public Memorial Service for Robert F. Kennedy.

Early this morning news reports of the death of Senator Edward M. (Teddy) Kennedy started filtering through the media. Senator Kennedy passed quietly on Cape Cod after fighting brain cancer for more than a year.

Over the next few days and weeks many will eulogize Senator Kennedy for all that he and his family have meant to this country, but I don’t think anyone will come close to honoring Teddy’s memory in such a way, as he did when he stood in front of mourners and eulogized his bother Robert Kennedy after his assassination in 1968.

Senator Kennedy spoke both passionately and strongly about his brother that day, his voice, only quivering at the end when he quoted his late brother:
“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.

As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

“Some men see things as they are and say why.
I dream things that never were and say why not.”

Much of what Edward Kennedy said about his brother Robert that day can be echoed and applied to himself.
Edward Kennedy spent much of his life fighting in the US Senate, for the princles that he and his family believed in and he will be sorely missed by all, whether you like him or not.

Listen to the eulogy of Robert F. Kennedy >>>Here

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