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Wed., Aug. 26, 2009, 8:29 a.m.

Ted Kennedy dead at 77…

Photo Credit: Getty Images (The Spokesman-Review)
Photo Credit: Getty Images (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

As many of you already know, Senator Ted Kennedy died last night, succumbing to brain cancer at age 77.

The news wires and TV news shows are filled this morning with great quotations about Kennedy, his life and political history. In my opinion, one of the most-meaningful eulogies thus far as been from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who issued a statement that said in part, ".....The liberal lion's mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die."

I remember when Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1962 and, according to nearly every source I've checked, has served longer in the Senate than only two others.

Despite being ravaged by cancer, however, he has remained a vital force in American politics since he announced publicly in May 2008 he had a cancerous brain tumor.

If, in the course of American politics, there is a lintel post, a door post through which the truly great American Political figures must pass in order to step aside from leadership, leaving their gifts of insight and wisdom for history to respectfully consider, Ted Kennedy had reached that point in his life.

Then, as he transcended life, he turns, and with that inimitable Bostonian twang that was undeniably his trademark, he quotes himself when speaking of President Barak Obama, and says, "The world is changing. The old ways will not do. ... It is time for a new generation of leadership."

One of the most-endurable, vociferous and omnipresent voices of the Liberal mindset has left life. It is time for a new generation of leadership to assume the reins of authority which Kennedy was both its architect and proponent. Rest in Peace.


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