August 26th, 2009

oh balls

Only when the lion is silenced will the hyenas feel emboldened to yowl....

Say "Ted Kennedy" and people of my mother's ilk (evangelical Baby Boomers, mostly) will immediately start spouting off about Chappaquiddick. For those of my generation, however, we think of an elder statesman who buried three brothers after assassins and wars had their way with them, and who tried valiantly to represent not only those of his family's wealth and standing, but also those who were frequently overlooked by the new gentry that has become the bulk of the House and the Senate.

I wish like hell he'd lived to see comprehensive health care reform come to fruition, as he'd been working toward it for decades. He knew that our current system was extremely broken; and by "extremely broken," I mean "unconscionably absurd, determinedly unhelpful, and benefitting none but the CEOs of insurance and pharmaceutical companies" and he fought to bring some semblance of justice, order and sanity to a perversely imbalanced system.

Sadly, he did not live to see it become reality. So let's ensure that it does, in remembrance of him.

Requiem æternam dona eis,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Rest in peace, Edward M. Kennedy.
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