This is the sixth anniversary of the transition of Senator Edward Moore Kennedy after a battle with a form of brain cancer that is already more treatable than during his life, no doubt in no small part to funding for health care that he himself shepherded through the United States Congress.
I am confident in saying this, in part, because there was no member of the United States Senate in the latter half of the 20th century who as passionately – and successfully – sponsored research money to fight the health scourges of that time than Senator Ted Kennedy.
This included AIDS. This included cancer. This included the original seed money for Alzheimer’s disease.
Rest well, Senator Kennedy. You have earned your repose.
On a day of typical senseless violence in our country, your life dedicated to bettering mankind makes obvious the foolish futility and low place through the passages of time of our gun-wielding co-citizens.
“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”