Several decades ago, I became involved in the nuclear weapons freeze movement, which many public figures — even supposedly liberal ones — avoided at all costs. It was considered fatally naive, dangerously pacifistic, irresponsibly unilateral.
In fact, it was none of those things. It would merely have applied a brake to the development by both the US and the USSR of missile technologies that would, when deployed, have forced each side to place its nuclear arsenal on hair trigger alert — permanently. But in spite of the manifest good sense of the nuclear weapons freeze proposal, it was, as I said, considered by many liberals to be too risky a thing politically to endorse.
Congressman Markey was not one of those liberals — he endorsed the nuclear weapons freeze proposal and spoke in support of it with understanding, conviction, and eloquence.
And now, decades later, Senator Markey is showing the same high quality of leadership on an issue of equal importance — the difficult task of weaning our economy off of fossil fuels. And he is being subjected to the same intensity and quality of abuse for his support of a green new deal that he was for his support of a nuclear weapons freeze. And he doesn’t give a damn about the abuse now any more than he gave a damn then.
I intend to cast my vote for Joe Kennedy III for United States Senator — in 2026, when I assume that Markey will be retiring. In 2026, Kennedy will be a more seasoned veteran of the political wars, and at the age of 44 will still be able to look ahead to many years of service in the Senate.
But in 2020, I will cast my vote to send Ed Markey back to the United States Senate, where we have every reason to expect that he will continue to serve us with conviction and distinction, for six more years.