Sen. Edward Kennedy, 77, Has Died of Brain Cancer

From ABC News:

The man known as the “liberal lion of the Senate” had fought a more than year-long battle with brain cancer, and according to his son had lived longer with the disease than his doctors expected him to.

“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever,” the Kennedy family said in a statement. “He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it.”

Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy, the youngest Kennedy brother who was left to head the family’s political dynasty after his brothers President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated.

Kennedy championed health care reform, working wages and equal rights in his storied career. In August, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor — by President Obama. His daughter, Kara Kennedy, accepted the award on his behalf.

6 Responses to “Sen. Edward Kennedy, 77, Has Died of Brain Cancer”

  1. JohnHolmes says:

    Fatt Teddy was the “Lion of the Senate” … and we were his prey …

    It would be an insult to name this health care bill for Kennedy … after all, Kennedy struggled to live and never lived under what this plan forces on the rest of us. Kennedy put the hate and fear out there towards guys like Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork and their families. He was the penultimate in partisianship and Liberal hate.

  2. OLBERDORK says:

    Teddy was no great Senator not statesman:

    1962 he gets elected in a special election

    1965 Immigration Bill gets passed with the help of Teddy. He promises it will control Illegal Immigration and won’t change the ethnic makeup of the USA … both were lies. America’s cultural makeup has changed, Illegals are still flooding in, and preferences are given to people from 3rd world nations.

    1972 Kennedy helps pass Title 9 which is supposed to help women get sports scholarships and equal access to sports teams. Scholarships were taken away from men who worked hard to get them. Male teams were discontinued to make way for the women. So rather than just give women equality, men ended up discriminated against to make way.

    1973 Teddy was the Author of the HMO Act, now he became the most viscous opponent of HMO’s http://stupidica.com/b/ted-kennedy-on-hmos-then-and-now/

    1974 – 2002 Kennedy was drunk and hitting on hot women, his nephew raped a couple of them.

    2004 Kennedy pushed the Mass. State Government to repeal the Governor’s Authority to appoint a Senator (John Kerry) if they leave or die. The fear was that Mitt Romney would appoint a Republican.

    2009 Kennedy urges the Mass. State Government to repeal the changes HE asked for, because Mass now has a Democrat Governor.

    Kennedy was a huge Liberal and a scourge on America. Accounts state that on a personal level he was a fun, nice guy. I only hope that he is able to join his brothers in the afterlife after so many years apart … maybe John and Bobby will slap some sense into him ..

  3. OLBERDORK says:

    Teddy was no great Senator nor statesman:

    1962 he gets elected in a special election

    1965 Immigration Bill gets passed with the help of Teddy. He promises it will control Illegal Immigration and won’t change the ethnic makeup of the USA … both were lies. America’s cultural makeup has changed, Illegals are still flooding in, and preferences are given to people from 3rd world nations.

    1972 Kennedy helps pass Title 9 which is supposed to help women get sports scholarships and equal access to sports teams. Scholarships were taken away from men who worked hard to get them. Male teams were discontinued to make way for the women. So rather than just give women equality, men ended up discriminated against to make way.

    1973 Teddy was the Author of the HMO Act, now he became the most viscous opponent of HMO’s http://stupidica.com/b/ted-kennedy-on-hmos-then-and-now/

    1974 – 2002 Kennedy was drunk and hitting on hot women, his nephew raped a couple of them.

    2004 Kennedy pushed the Mass. State Government to repeal the Governor’s Authority to appoint a Senator (John Kerry) if they leave or die. The fear was that Mitt Romney would appoint a Republican.

    2009 Kennedy urges the Mass. State Government to repeal the changes HE asked for, because Mass now has a Democrat Governor.

    Kennedy was a huge Liberal and a scourge on America. Accounts state that on a personal level he was a fun, nice guy. I only hope that he is able to join his brothers in the afterlife after so many years apart … maybe John and Bobby will slap some sense into him ..

  4. Sadforyou says:

    I feel sorry for those of you who view Senator Kennedy as “a scoourge on America”. If you took the time and effort, you would find that in some way, Senator Kennedy had a positive influence on the quality of your life.

  5. Chief says:

    Friend & Classmate,

    You, having spent your whole life in Massachusetts certainly would have a different perspective on this than I do.  What are your thoughts on Ted Kennedy?

    Chief,
    You have to remember that I have worked in human services all my life and the people I have worked with have benefited greatly from legislation that was originated, generally, by Teddy Kennedy.  Children’s health, disability and mental health legislation – the list goes on and on.  Although I am a lifelong Democrat, I think I am fiscally more conservative than the Teddy Kennedy wing of the party is, although I would also call us definite social liberals.  All in all I think that he did more to advance the cause of human and civil rights over his 47 years as a senator than anyone else I can think of.  It will seem strange not having a Kennedy in office – Jack Kennedy was the first I knew of and I have always been disappointed that I was too young in 1960 to vote for him.  Ted Kennedy was responsible for getting the voting age lowered to 18 and I think that is a good thing.  He was definitely bigger than life and I think that his life was shaped by forces bigger than he.  Certainly his mistakes were also bigger than life but by the time his father and brothers had set the standard for a lower than average moral code, poor Teddy had been well schooled!  All in all, a great life, a great benefit to the common man and a politician who understood the real meaning of the word “all,” as in “Liberty and Justice for all.”
    Just my view…..

  6. johnholmes says:

    Don’t forget:
    1983 Ted Kennedy committed treason by attempting to work out a back door deal with the Soviet former KGB Leader Andropov … undermining our Democratically elected President whom Kennedy ran against ….
    http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MWExYmM0Njk2YjNjMWJmNzJlNzliZmQ1ZjhkNGJhNzE=

    2001 Kennedy Authored “No Child Left Behind” … which Liberals and teachers decry so much as a failed piece of legislation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Child_Left_Behind_Act#Legislative_history

    Sadforyou … maybe you think Kennedy did some good things. Perhaps you can overlook his huge blunders, but I cannot. Some of his actions are just inexcusable. Most of these “good” things would have been passed anyway. Much of his legislation (Immigration, No Child, Title 9, HMO Act) has been a partial or complete disaster … leaving us with all these unintended consequences.

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