Thursday, August 27, 2009

Farewell to Mr. Kennedy

It doesn't matter if you're a republican or a democrat....we've all lost a great progressive champion who had a tremendous impact on all our lives.
If you’re 18 years old and stepping into a voting booth for the first time, you can thank Senator Kennedy for helping to secure your right to participate.
If you’re an African-American in the South seeking fair representation, you can thank Senator Kennedy for being a tireless partner in the drive to renew and defend the Voting Rights Act.
If you work hard for a living in difficult conditions, you can thank Senator Kennedy for his role in establishing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
If your family has been touched by cancer, you can thank Senator Kennedy for fighting for increased funding for a cure.
If you are disabled and want to live a full life, you can thank Senator Kennedy for critical protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If you’re a poor child with health insurance from the landmark State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), you can thank Senator Kennedy for that too.

Throughout his career, Senator Kennedy believed in a simple premise: that our society's greatness lies in its ability and willingness to provide for its less fortunate members. Whether striving to increase the minimum wage, ensuring that all children have medical insurance, or securing better access to higher education, Senator Kennedy always showed that he cared deeply for those whose needs exceed their political clout. Unbowed by personal setbacks or by the terrible sorrows that have fallen upon his family, his spirit continued to soar, and he continued to work as hard as ever to make his dreams a reality.

Senator Kennedy and his staff wrote over 2,500 bills, of which over 300 were enacted into law. he co-sponsored over 550 bills that became law since 1973.
For decades, he was considered the most powerful voice in the Senate for gay rights as a strong supporter of HIV/AIDS funding, hate crimes legislation and same-sex marriage.

"I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky; and all I ask is a tall ship and a
star to steer her by." John Masefield

Godspeed, Teddy.

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