First Posted: 8/30/2009 1:02:27 PM | Last Updated: 8/30/2009 1:34:49 PM
The last of the Kennedy brothers died last week. No matter what you might think of the Kennedy’s personally, or their politics, you have to feel that an era is over. For those of us who were alive when Jack and Bobby were assassinated, you saw dreams die and a loss of faith in our government come to the forefront. It doesn’t matter, at this point what we heard about Jack or Bobby or Ted’s personal life, or whether you agreed with their politics, I don’t think there can be any doubt they dedicated their life to public service and that they wanted to make life better for all Americans. There was no reason for Teddy to carry on a public career after the deaths of Jack and Bobby. He had plenty of money, he certainly didn’t need the notoriety and there had to always be in the back of his mind, the thought that some nut case would want to make it three brothers in a row. He kept going to "keep the dream alive" and because he was dedicated to public service During the funeral services yesterday, focus was less on the public figure, Ted Kennedy, and more emphasis was placed on the man, the brother, the father, the uncle, the husband. Not only was Ted Kennedy a success as politician and a senator, in the end, he was a success as a human being. This was evidenced by the genuine love and affection expressed by his family and his colleagues and the accolades of the “regular guy” who he represented so staunchly. Who could remain unaffected by the story told by his son, Ted Jr. as he related how his father helped him deal with the loss of his leg through cancer. I never met Ted Kennedy personally, or any of the Kennedy’s for that matter, but I also feel the loss. Ted Kennedy is a man not easily replaced. I hope someone does step forward to ensure that the dream doesn’t die. I guess someone else will have to take it from here. Rest in peace, Teddy.