Seriously, God. You couldn’t have waited a little while longer…
Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a son of one of the most storied families in American politics, a man who knew triumph and tragedy in near-equal measure and who will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate, died late Tuesday night. He was 77.
The death of Mr. Kennedy, who had been battling brain cancer, was announced Wednesday morning in a statement by the Kennedy family, which was already mourning the death of the Senator’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver two weeks earlier.
“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.”
There will be time later to read the tea leaves, look over the landscape and say “Holy crap! We’re down to 59 votes, now what?”. But that is later. For right now, please meditate on this.
In the world, there are any number of buffoons, dimwits and out and out D-bags who go though life stepping on toes, knocking over vases, and engaging in any number of reckless acts without a moment’s thought of the damage they are doing to those around them. Until the weight of those acts finally come crashing down on their head like an avalanche of pure lead lined karma.
And then there are those, like Sen. Kennedy, who seem keenly aware of every misstep, cock-up and shenanigan. Not just aware, but neatly typed out and filed and saved for a lonely rainy day when they can be taken out and ruefully re-read like love letters from a departed sweetheart. And after the reading is done, they look at themselves in the mirror so hard that the force from the glare almost shatters it. And they say four of the most powerful words in the English language: I WILL BE BETTER!!
And in Sen. Kennedy’s case he was better.
And in the end, he did more good than harm. And how many of the egg-sucking weasels who went after him in life can say that.
Pass over, Sen. Kennedy. Pass over lightly.
POST SCRIPT: On August 27th, there’s a town hall at the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School, 3101 McLoughlin in Medford, Or. Doors open at ten. Event starts at 12:30. Sen Wyden will be there. I can’t make it because I work graveyard and have the job that night. If you can make it, you’d be making up for my slacker ass.
For more information, contact this guy.
Steve Neuberger, Southern and Central Oregon Organizer
Health Care for America NOW
33 N. Central, #303
Medford OR 97501
o 541 772-4029
c 541 941-8309
As the saying goes, it’s fuck or walk.
For Teddy’s sake, let’s take the rock to the hole!!