Posted by: shannynmoore | August 25, 2009

Rest in Peace Senator Ted Kennedy…

Edward Moore Kennedy 1932-2009

With the passing of Senator Kennedy, I was reminded of his powerful words eulogizing his brother, Bobby.  His pain, his pride, his determination was palpable.  His closing words on a day so long ago, could be said of him today.

My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.



  1. Great quote and so true. The end of an era for all of us.

  2. Ted showed us what a Kennedy could do in the long haul. John and Robert, sadly, were bright shooting stars. Ted was a constant light, who never stopped fighting for the least among us.

    I’m sad, but inspired.

    Thanks for posting Shannyn.

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  4. Thanks for the memory…I wish to see the last one in Senate where he stood up and railed against how the poor, working poor and middle class were treated…that man was an orator not just a politician. He may have been born in privelage but he worn the mantle of service…RIP Mr. Ted Kennedy

  5. Shannyn, I posted at Mudflats but want to make sure you see this, as well.

    A little seen Youtube, only 418 watches tonight, but it shows Senator Kennedy’s power and passion like nothing I’ve seen before (while he was dealing with his own cancer) telling about his son’s treatment/payment for leg cancer.

    Ted Kennedy on Health Care

  6. Thank you for posting this information and video, tears are running down my face, my HOPE is that there will be others who will take over where Ted left off…a true statesman who cared for all…..

    Please go to Huff Post and let them know how you feel about them having a statement form $P regarding Senator Kennedy’s passing…why would they dishonor the legacy of such a great person with a quote from low-life, Snarah….I let them know how I feel about this please do the same….

    Thank you and Thank You Senator Kennedy, RIP

  7. I wonder if he knew how much his death would inspire so many people or if he realized how much his death will help get health care reform passed.

  8. God Bless Ted Kennedy. Thank you for your service to this nation. He will be greatly missed. I pray that his sacrifices and continued fight for the people of America were not in vain.
    I pray comfort for his family in this difficult time.

  9. This is perhaps the best “link” headline I have seen:

    The U.S. Senate was the place where Ted Kennedy grew from callow and reckless to the most effective legislator in the history of the institution. By Jonathan Alter

    I was serving in the Army when RFK was killed. I was working in an ER in CA when RFK was killed.
    And now, I am retired as the last last of the 4 brothers has died.

    Their legacy will last a long, long time.

    RIP Senator Kennedy you have done US ALL proud.

  10. I was 13 days shy of 9 years old when Senator Kennedy gave this eulogy.
    I remember JFK’s assasination.
    I remember Malcom X’s assasination.
    I remember MLK’s assasination.
    I remember RFK’s assasination.
    Maybe that is why I am so horrified when people bring guns to a gathering where our president speaks.
    Thanks for posting your “audio postcard”, Shannyn.
    It’s not just the words that make me cry, but the sorrow in Senator Kennedy’s voice.

  11. As one of your regular readers from Massachusetts, thanks so much for the kind thoughts about our great Senator Ted Kennedy. He is already sorely missed, but it gives me some comfort to know that he was so loved and respected throughout the country. Hopefully his passing will give us all the ability to get beyond the fear-mongering, the false and the petty, and achieve his dream that all Americans will have the right to good health care.

  12. A divergent view from Massachusetts. Senator Kennedy accomplished many great things in his lifetime. And every one of his accomplishments is a result of spending his entire life, every day, at the public trough. He never received a W2 for earned income from a non-government entity. He slurped at that trough for over 5 decades, fully staffed and furnished at taxpayer expense. Is there a reader here who could not accomplish far more good with the same gifts and subsidies?

    There’s been little mention of his opposition to a green wind generation project off the coast of Cape Cod merely because his view from his tax-sheltered oceanfront home, and that of his wealthy neighbors, would be compromised. I haven’t read more than a brief reference to Mary Jo Kopechne, a woman who should be in her late 60’s today instead of being dead for 40 years. (The lion of the senate was a true predator.) No reference to the Florida vacation with his son (the toxic congressman from Rhode Island) and his nephew (the good doctor) who was accused of rape. I’ve read no tributes to cheating in college or cheating on his wife.

    It’s been said the good senator could not recite the alphabet without a teleprompter and a staff to prepare it.

    And we need to ask ourselves if the good senator’s “fight” for health care reform would include access to the same taxpayer-subsidized treatments for us that he received at no cost to himself, treatments at Mass General and Walter Reed; surgery at Duke University Medical Center.

  13. Seriously, how is it that you idolize this man even after his poor and elite choices over a tragedy he caused long ago…yet you crucify a governor for taking her children with her on a flight, or for wearing a logo on her jacket, or not itemizing her gifts. It boogles the mind.

    At least I am assuming your readers know what happened back then…yet I have no idea how he continued in politics after that. I am sure you won’t post this, but it is a valid (and sincere) question I believe.

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