Senator Edward Moore Kennedy was laid to rest today following glowing tributes and a eulogy from the President of the United States. Kennedy changed the world for the good in his 77 years on earth and 47 in the Senate. He spoke forcefully and eloquently for those with no voice, for the old, the young, the disable, all minorities and for women. He stood up for those who could not stand, he spoke for those with no voice, he campaigned constantly for progress, for the oppressed, for the downtrodden.
Few people have the capability of changing the world for the better. Ted Kennedy was one of those who did. His loss, especially during the effort to obtain his lifelong dream of serious health care reform, is a tragedy. However we must not look at our loss, we should look at our gain for having him represent all of us for 47 years. His accomplishments are legendary, his soaring rhetoric inspiring. Though his voice may be silenced by the ravages of cancer his dream will live on as long as those of us remaining keep that dream alive.
This is the legacy he leaves to all of us: keep his dream alive.