By now you have all heard the news that Senator Edward “Ted Kennedy” (D-MA) passed away Tuesday night at the age of 77 due to brain cancer.
The New York Times reported that he was surrounded by family at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port
The New York Times
Edward Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Dies
August 26, 2009
…The death was announced Wednesday morning in a statement by the Kennedy family.
“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port,” the statement said. “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, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”
Mr. Kennedy had been in precarious health since he suffered a seizure in May 2008 at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass. His doctors determined the cause had been a malignant glioma, a brain tumor that often carries a grim prognosis.
As he underwent cancer treatment, Mr. Kennedy was little seen in Washington, appearing most recently at the White House in April as Mr. Obama signed a national service bill that bears the Kennedy name.
While he had been physically absent from the capital, his presence had been deeply felt as Congress weighed the most sweeping revisions to America’s health care system in decades, an effort Mr. Kennedy called “the cause of my life.”
On July 15, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, which Mr. Kennedy heads, passed health care legislation that he had helped write and that may one day be regarded as the capstone to Mr. Kennedy’s government career…
Out of respect for the deceased, I will make an attempt to say this without being too snarky.
Leave it to the liberal lie peddling New York Times, to use the news of Ted Kennedy’s death to “pimp” and garner sympathy for the health care reform bill. Previous to this posting, I believe I have never quoted the New York Times, nor will I again from here on after.
But we are here to honor Ted Kennedy.
Not only does Ted’s passing represent the end of an era in American and Massachusetts state politics. It also represents the end of an era in the Democratic Party and the final stage of an American dynasty. In the Kennedy family, it was all about the boys. The eldest of the Kennedy brothers, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. died in a military plane incident in 1944. John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35 President of the United States and was assassinated in 1963. Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy became the United States Attorney General from 1961-1964, and was a U.S. Senator (D-NY) from 1965 until his assassination during his bid for the presidency in 1968. Amidst the tragedy and pain, young Ted Kennedy would be the only footprint of the Kennedy men for nearly four decades.
I do not weep for Ted. He had a comfortable luxury that was not afforded to most Kennedys. He died in bed, surrounded not by bullets, plane wreckage or the ocean but rather peaceful surroundings and family members. Despite the things he was accused of doing and not doing, Ted must have done something right, to recieve such a blessing. I pray that he is at peace and surrounded by long lost family members on another plane, those he has not seen in some time. Perhaps there is a Kennedy football game somewhere in that Hyannis Port in the sky and they are all there Teddy, Jack, Bobby, Kathleen “Kick”, Rose, Jo Jr., JFK Jr…they are all together once again.
Rest in Peace Senator Kennedy,
Autographed Letter Signed,