Wednesday, August 26, 2009
God rest Sen. Edward Kennedy's tortured soul
In short, I hope for an America where neither "fundamentalist" nor "humanist" will be a dirty word, but a fair description of the different ways in which people of good will look at life and into their own souls.
I hope for an America where no president, no public official, no individual will ever be deemed a greater or lesser American because of religious doubt -- or religious belief.
I hope for an America where the power of faith will always burn brightly, but where no modern inquisition of any kind will ever light the fires of fear, coercion, or angry division.
I hope for an America where we can all contend freely and vigorously, but where we will treasure and guard those standards of civility which alone make this nation safe for both democracy and diversity.
-- Speech on "Truth and Tolerance in America," Oct. 3, 1983, Lynchburg, Va., as reported by the Los Angeles Times.
Sen. Kennedy: Arrogant, privileged, rich, clearly imperfect, which makes his lifelong efforts on behalf of the poor, the sick and the despised even more remarkable.
They are dancing in the board rooms of Health Insurance Conglomerates. But wait, were not their ilk dancing when JFK was killed? What comes next will be very very interesting. The apex of the Fourth Turning may be right here. Now we choose.
Anyone redeemed is redeemed from something. Redemption is not forgetfulness, but it tends to relieve the tortured soul.
God rest his redeemed life, and may the angels welcome him with trumpets into paradise.
The charge of arrogance is an odd one indeed. Kennedy had no need to serve as a United States Senator. After 1980, his only real chance of reaching the Oval Office gone, he certainly could have retired, perhaps served in some other capacity, or perhaps declined through a combination of boredom and booze, yet he did not do so, serving actively and well for another quarter century out of a sense of civic duty.
But he also made girl interns cry in the mid '80s when they didn't bring him his usual Donald Duck orange juice in the morning. And he was hell on the guys, too.
Hey, *I'm* arrogant sometimes. I don't think it's a terrible charge. Just a human trait, and sometimes some of us are humaner than others.
Too bad, so sad, buh-bye!
Anon - go Cheney yourself. Implied f-bomb.