Thursday, August 27, 2009
My tribute to my Senator, Teddy Kennedy plus Ted Kennedy's triumphs, trials captured on video
Ted Kennedy's triumphs, trials captured on video
Ted Kennedy: Family senator, patriarch, dead at 77
Massachusetts son Senator Edward Kennedy 1932-2009! Ted Kennedy friend and mentor on both sides of the aisle was a fierce Partisan, a tough customer and a great man! Being a life long resident of Massachusetts the Kennedy's have always been a part of my life. Ted Kennedy's passing truly is the end of an era. He was the last man standing, the last of his brothers. He will rejoin his brothers John and Robert at Arlington cemetery, date still unknown!
Ted Kennedy end up having a hand in everything but when he first went to the Senate as the youngest of 9 children no one expected much from him. Many believed he only won the seat because his brother was the President. Boy did he pleasantly surprise. Yes there was Chappaquiddick and it ended his dreams of a Presidency but I think he served us better as a US Senator!
He served 46 years, Kennedy was the 2nd most senior member of Congress, the 3rd longest serving Senator in History. He fought for a fair and more just America the whole time. Health care was his passion! I see a Health care reform Bill being passed now as a tribute to Senator Kennedy! Top Democrats vowed to fight for it to honor Kennedy. He said we will all live on in the future we make. Well let us make it!
Teddy secured a waiver to establish a health care Bill in Massachusetts!
1964 American Civil Rights act
1966 passed first common health law
Legacies include the American fair housing Act and the American Disabilities Act!
He was responsible for giving 18 year olds the right to vote.
1969 he gave his first speech on health care
Meals on wheels and ending the draft we owe him for too!
* He personally touched 2500 major pieces of legislation 300 of which were passed into law!
* In 2009 Kennedy's committee was the first to pass health care reform! We can all be thankful Ted Kennedy remained in the Senate and served us all, we are all better for it and I rest knowing he died a happy accomplished man!
He said often at key times"For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die." How do we remember Teddy Kennedy the last of the Kennedy men? His Irishness? His Compassion? His sense of Humor? His senate long fight for health care? His devotion to the common man? We will miss him, the lion is gone. I do not see another right now. For now at our loss the role will go unfilled!
Author: Kennedy Greatest legislator of his time