Link for 8/26/09- A very sad day in America
You’ll forgive me if I give you a couple of links today. With the passing of Senator Kennedy, I want to share the reactions of his fellow world leaders (across the political spectrum), a sampling of his own words, and a list of his legislative accomplishments (with the understanding that there are so many other accomplishments, both small and large, that will not be on that list). What we are hearing today is true admiration from friend and foe alike. Both Democrats and Republicans are noting his ability to work across the aisle, his friendship and his larger than life status. They are telling stories of compromises he made, bills he wrote and his unwavering desire to do whatever he could to help people. The remarkable Senator Kennedy could disagree, but still be cordial. Argue while still being respectful. Listen closely and respond honestly. Above all, he focused on facts, not insults and results rather than rhetoric (though he was a master at both). One can only hope that people take a lesson from him and honor his memory by avoiding “swift boat” or attacks and focus on working together to make this wonderful country of ours better.
Kennedy remembered (check out Sarah Palin’s statement…you’d think she could at least fake some sincerity!)
Legislative Accomplishments (It is a long document, but worth skimming the headers. He really did so much for so many people)
The line I have been repeating over and over to myself is from his 1980 concession speech at the Democratic National Convention. Seems oddly appropriate today…
For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. 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.
RIP Senator Kennedy. I am so proud to have been able to vote for you and will truly miss you.