No matter what ‘side’ you claim, right or left or how you feel about his sketchy account of the 1969 automobile accident that killed his passenger (which probably ruined his chance of becoming president), his death is a blow to the political world. Mr. Kennedy was the third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history. Due to his long history and influence in the legislature, he became known as “The Lion of the Senate”. His ability to work across the ‘political lines’ resulted in many compromises from opponents who had opposing views. Kennedy played a major role in passing many pieces of legislation that have affected the lives of all Americans, including the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, the National Cancer Act of 1971, the Federal Election Campaign Act Amendments of 1974, the COBRA Act of 1985, the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 to name a few. He has authored more than 2,500 bill and several hundred of those bill have become Public Law.
The one thing he spent his life battling was comprehensive healthcare for all. I wonder if things would have been different if we listened to him back then?
Mr. Kennedy’s career was a lot of things but he always championed for the underdog. He always spoke for the voiceless. He always fought for the weak.
“For all those who cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die”
Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009