Edward Moore Kennedy May you find peace at last.

By
Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

http://tedkennedy.us/

I had the privilege of meeting "Ted" on more than one occaison. The first was when he spoke at my high school graduation more than 3 decades ago. At the time he was involved in a bitter dispute with his constituents over desegregation and the issue of forced busing. Most of his constituentcy was opposed but "Ted" knew that the moral road demanded an end to the absurd idea that segregation was good for Boston. I can still hear the groans from the audience when he referred to my school (Boston College High) as "South Boston High". I though there would be a revolt right then and there.

Ted would be the first to admit that he made many mistakes in life, who among us hasn't. I think that anyone who has had to live with the tradgedy that he has propably would have succumbed long ago. As the youngest of nine children he learned his place early on. He suffered as his oldest sister Rosemary was institutionalized after a failed attempt by their father tried to help her by having a lobotomy performed. He suffered the loss of his oldest brother Joseph who died when his plane blew up on a suicide mission during World War II. We all know he lost his brothers John and Robert to assination. He also lost his sister Kathleen in a plane crash. He himself broke three vertebrae in his back in a plane crash. He became a father to all his siblings children as well as his own. He suffered through his first wife's alcholism. He perserved and became the spokesmen for not only his large family but for all of us who suffered.

He was present at every single burial for every Massachusetts veteran who died during the Iraq war. After the service of those who were buried at Arlington he would stop by his brothers graves. I can't imagine the hurt he felt.

There could be no better memorial to "Ted" than to pass universal healthcare for all is his honor. After all he served 46+ years in the US Senate trying to get this accomplished. Not because he wanted it but because he saw the need of so many of us who need it. 

Thank you "teddy" from all of us.

Comments (13)

John Rakoci
Eagle Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas

The people of MA held Kenney in much higher esteem than most of the rest of the country. Being able to bring so much pork into the state had a lot to do with those feelings. 19 out of 20 on the Myrtle Beach blog feel exactly the opposite of you. Knowing how the people of Ma felt about Kennedy there is no question as to the reason the country still suffers through Barney and Kerry.

Aug 27, 2009 05:48 AM
John Rakoci
Eagle Realty - North Myrtle Beach, SC
North Myrtle Beach Coastal Carolinas

Had it been a person of less family influence and wealth he would have been in jail over the death of Mary Jo too.

Aug 27, 2009 05:51 AM
Steve Merson 512 412 1621
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX
CNE, e-PRO

I never met Ted but I think, no matter what your politics, you have to admire and respect him!

Aug 27, 2009 05:52 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

John, I am one of Senator Kennedy's biggest fans.  I think he made such a huge contribution, and I am inspired by his service to our country.  Coming from a powerful and wealthy family, he could have chosen the life of liesure.  I'm glad he chose to work for the public good.  And thank you for your post.

Aug 27, 2009 05:54 AM
John Guiney
Keller Williams Realty - Quincy, MA
e-PRO, CBR

John Rakoci,  I don't know about the rest of the country but I can tell you that the regard I and others have for Ted is not because of pork, it is because he did so much for others including those of you in Myrtle Beach. I am sorry that you can't find any good in what he's accomplished.

Aug 27, 2009 05:55 AM
John Guiney
Keller Williams Realty - Quincy, MA
e-PRO, CBR

Patricia, Thank you. Most people who never met the man will never know how much we have lost.

Aug 27, 2009 05:56 AM
Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

John, thank you for your words.  Ted Kennedy was an inspiration, who fought tirelessly for the working people.  It took him 11 years, to get the minimum wage increased.  I'd like John R. to provide us with a list of all the "pork"  Kenndy brought to MA.  I imagine though, there was no bridge to nowhere.

Aug 28, 2009 12:59 AM
Hugh Krone
Weichert Referral Associates - Hamburg, NJ
Realtor, Sussex County NJ
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi John ~ People all over the country and the world hold Ted Kennedy in high esteem. I heard a political analyst on TV say that if you asked the other 99 Senators who they thought was the most effective senator and who was the most popular (or likeable - I'm always bad at paraphrasing or remembering with precision) almost all would give the same answer for both questions - Kennedy.

I feel very fortunate to be in Massachusetts where I can watch coverage all day long.    Learning so many wonderful stories about him has been amazing.  It tears me apart though - I really can't believe he's gone.  And what are we - everyone - in Massachusetts and the US - going to do now?  I don't think he has many peers.

My enormous respect and love for him has nothing to do with pork and everything to do with the fact that he was a lifelong defender of the underdog despite being born to a life of privilege.  That is my definition of a great human being.

Liz

Aug 28, 2009 03:30 AM
John Guiney
Keller Williams Realty - Quincy, MA
e-PRO, CBR

Hugh - You should try reading real news sometime.  Ted was instrumental in ending  what we Irish call "the Troubles" Oh and by the way Laura Bush was involved in vehicular manslaughter also.

Liz- I couldn't agree with you more!

Aug 28, 2009 06:10 AM
Mitchell J Hall
Manhattan, NY
Lic Associate RE Broker - Manhattan & Brooklyn

Hi John,

Thank you for this post. Ted Kennedy devoted his life to our country. While he will be remembered as the Senator from Massuchusetts representing that great state for 46 years he will be missed by most New Yorkers too. NY tried to give him the Democratic nomination for President in 1980. Kennedy beat President Carter by more than 20 points in the NY democratic primary.

There will never be another United states Senator like Ted Kennedy. A life of service in pursuit of justice, equality and peace.

Aug 28, 2009 08:59 AM
John Guiney
Keller Williams Realty - Quincy, MA
e-PRO, CBR

Hi Mitchell,

I remember well that campaign and the feeling that we had that his heart was just not in it. Probably had a lot to do with all the death threats he was receiving at the time. As fate would have it, after he lost he focused so intently upon his job in the senate that he became perhaps the best legislator that this country has ever known.  The great state of New York has always been kind to the Kennedeys and has blessed me with my wife of 28 years who hailed from Commack! Thank you and God bless.

Aug 31, 2009 04:38 AM
Dan Sanley
La Mesa, CA

This was such a great man.  He was more than ONE man, he had to be, to do all the things he did.

I still miss him.  Wish we could have had him around for a few more years.

Nov 22, 2009 09:03 PM