Whether you admired or detested, there should be no argument that Sen. Ted Kennedy loved our country and devoted his life to forming “a more perfect Union.” His efforts to bring health care to all Americans, his bi-partisan efforts with Sen. John McCain to reform our immigration laws and his work with President Bush on the “No Child Left Behind” initiative exemplify his profound belief “that all men are created equal.”
No family seemed more blessed or more cursed. Just the mention of the Kennedy name brings forth strong reaction and emotion. The famed brothers devotion to service and their dreams for that “perfect Union” represented all the good to which we aspire. Their personal flaws and failings, represented all our failing that we so revile.
Politics truly is a messy business. It is no wonder so many turn their backs to the opportunity to take their rightful place in the process. We ask our elected officials to do this for us, often without thought on our own. Sen. Kennedy lifted that heavy burden onto his shoulders and did his best.
We live in a country built by men and women so strong in their commitment that nothing could stop their will from helping us fulfill our potential. Sen. Kennedy was one of those men. Thank you, sir.