Sunday, August 30, 2009

Respect to Senator Kennedy

I've been torn in the coverage of Senator Kennedy's passing. I completely disagree with the idea that he was a bridge between parties, but yet I also don't know how much politics has relevance in death. As a Senator, his life is colored by his political persuasion, but no more than a handy-man should be characterized by his craft. Senator Kennedy should be praised for being a man of convictions, which rarely were swayed. The Lion of the Senate can be contrasted against the lambs, who blew with the wind (or greenbacks). I can agree with the basic sentiments of Senator Kennedy's speeches, which is that the poor need not go under-represented in our chambers. I can disagree with just about everything else. But what I can say, is that this is a man I admire in disagreement.

1 comment:

  1. At first the whole thing seemed a bit much for a guy that had a checkered past to the extent Ted Kennedy had. So much press. Would they do that for, say, a Republican?

    But after hearing stories about Kennedy's never-ending egalitarian treatment of all people, from the Pope to the constituent, I've changed my mind. He treated people at all stations with tremendous respect, and that is what defines him more so that his failings, those things from which he didn't hide and had the courage to face.

    That definition stands in stark contrast to most politicians, particularly locals, who abuse power, treat everyone differently depending on personal agendas, and never admit their real failings.