TED KENNEDY 1932-2009
The death of Senator Kennedy is the end of our connection to the days of Camalot. Those were the heady years of my young adulthood, (the 1960's). It was a time when there was a struggle for good and progressive change. We all believed it was possible. As history unfolded, it was only partially accomplished. Most faded in their efforts in the face of the tragic deaths of so many of our heroes and more selfish and cynical times. A few continued on to fight the good fight continuing to protest against war and injustice. Others carried on the struggle for progressive change for the good from the inside of government. Senator Kennedy used this avenue to make a difference. With his skills as a communicator and facilitator of the legislative process he made a very large contribution to the United States.
I shall miss his booming voice with the Boston accent. His voice during the Bush Presidency was not heard nearly enough.
I think he was one American politician who knew about and understood Canada. During the day I have heard Ed Broadbent, former head of the New Democratic Party and Brian Mulroney, former head of the Progressive Conservative party, speak of their friendship and admiration of Senator Kennedy. Both noted he admired Canada's universal health care system and thought such a single payer system was the only kind that would see adequate health care as a right for all and not a privilege for those who could afford private coverage. Sadly, it seems the US might soon pass universal health care which falls far short of this ideal.
In a long political career Senator Kennedy's many legislative accomplishments will carry on and remain as a tribute to him and his liberal ideals of government serving the needs of all citizens.