The Lion of the Senate has passed on. Edward Moore Kennedy died late August 25, 2009. Senator Kennedy was the second most senior member of the senate. He was 77.
Senator Kennedy, fondly known as Teddy or Ted, saw both triumph and tragedy in his life. His oldest brother died in WWII. Both of his other brothers were assassinated. He was involved in a plane accident that nearly took his life and an automobile accident that took someone else’s life and destroyed any chances he might have had to become president.
Kennedy was one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the senate. He was a champion of health care issues for many years and he fought for women’s rights, health issues particular to women and against violence towards women. He worked continually for education. Despite growing up in a priviledged home, he always strove to pass legislation that helped those less fortunate.
The senior stateman from Massachusetts electrified the Democratic Convention a year ago, August 25, 2008 when he made a surprise appearance. His niece, Caroline Kennedy assisted him.
Echoing his speech to the Democratic Convention as an unsuccessful candidate for president in 1980, Kennedy concluded: “The work begins anew. The hope arises again. And the dream lives on.”
Senator Kennedy’s life was not without controversy. Please remember that this post is a tribute to one who served his country for nearly a half century.