“I lay on the bowsprit, facing astern, with the water foaming into spume under me, the masts with every sail white in the moonlight, towering high above me. I became drunk with the beauty and singing rhythm of it, and for a moment I lost myself–actually lost my life. I was set free! I dissolved into the sea, became white sails and flying spray, became beauty and rhythm, became moonlight and the ship and the high dim-starred sky! I belonged, without a past or future, within peace and unity, and a wild joy, within something greater than my own life, or the life of man, to Life itself! To God, if you want to put it that way.” –Eugene O’Neill, “Long Day’s Journey into Night”… These words written long ago begin the book “True Compass”, the compelling story of Teddy Kennedy’s Life…as we pray with our brothers and sisters in the United States Senate and House of Representatives to pass this monumental piece of legislation called “health care reform”, I want to share with you the words that the late, great, last Lion of the Senate said in Denver, Colorado, the town I was born in back in 1965, 3 years after we lost Jack Kennedy as he worked along with Bobby to pass something similar…Ted Kennedy’s life long mission…health care for all. “And so on Monday evening, August 25th, 2008, I fulfilled my personal dream that would never die. “It is so wonderful to be here,” I declared to the cheering delegates. “Nothing, nothing was going to keep me away from this special gathering tonight. There is a new wave of change all around us, and if we set our compass true, we will reach our destination–not merely victory for our party, but renewal for our nation.” “As I approached my conclusion, the final phrases of my speech demanded a high note–a bugle call. They were a conjoining of John F. Kennedy’s words and my own. I took a breath and gathered my strength, as Jack’s words and mine converged: “And this November, the torch will be passed again to a new generation of Americans. “And so with Barack Obama–for you and for me, for our country and for our cause–the work begins anew, the hope rises again, and the dream lives on.” Teddy’s truest words could not be summed up better than in his private thoughts as he stated, “I acknowledged the friends and family members in the hall: the people who had stood with me through the successes and setbacks, the victories and defeats, over the decades. I then made a vow that I would be on the floor of the United States Senate in January 2009 to continue the cause of my life–affordable health care as a fundamental right.“ God Bless you dear Sir Lion, and may we not forget your service to this country, ever, and continue to fight the good fight and make this country STRONG again, in mind, body and spirit. Peace~ M
January 8, 2010
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