I want to share what a dear old friend, a proud Liberal, wrote to me. Her eloquence far surpasses mine.
"I mourn Kennedy deeply. And I mourn the end of decency in the
congress as well. I pity those still in office who by any reason should look at their own careers and wonder at their inability to inspire as he did. To realize that they are letting this golden opportunity slip by, to be revered and remembered lovingly as one who fought the good fight for the people. They should look at their chance to yet rise and want to
be thought well of and deeply missed when their time comes to be carried away. Instead a lot of them are already assuring their backers that they will not be moved away from their frozen positions by a few thousand mourners tears....and that they will remain loyal to those who have bought them, like honored and loved serfs loyal to their masters to the end. How doubly sad for us, to lose a good man and be left with the deadbeats. Heaven forbid that they be shamed by their selfishness as
they watch the coffin of a real dedicated warrior being buried and realize that they have one more chance to do the good they were put on this earth to do. They are already grumbling that they will not be forced to pass what they do not want, or even name a bill in honor of someone who literally gave his last breaths fighting for us. Shame for them just does not exist, and even my pity for them is wasted. A pox on them, once they have no more health care coverage of their own. "