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All the focus on Bain and the use of so many elements of the Kennedy/Romney Senate camaign has made me remember Ted Kennedy and the many gifts he gave to our country.

Ted Kennedy was such an inspiration to so many and accomplished so very much in his long and celebrated career.  I keep thinking how glad he would be that President Obama found his message against Romney helpful, even to the point of using some of his ads, and that it is working so successfully in the campaign.  Kennedy actions and arguments encouraged the President on a path that has been so successful, while other Democrats hesitated.

His legacy continues to lead the party in the right direction with opportunity for the working class, health care and justice.  I think this could truly be considered his last campaign.

Thank you Ted Kennedy, now and forever the Libral Lion.

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  •  Very true (5+ / 0-)

    Watching Romney, his culture and upbringing, his character has also brought to mind Sen. Kennedy for me. Both men inherited wealth from fathers who made it themselves. Both men attended good schools and had many advantages. But that's where the parallels end.

    Kennedy, in contrast, was exposed since his early childhood to famous great thinkers and world leaders who were acquainted with his father and stayed at their home in informal circumstances. He savored a life on the sidelines of history. Sen. Kennedy sat on the lap of a Pope and at the feet of Churchill, and exchanged letters, many now public, with his older brothers. And lastly, Joe Kennedy raised the Sen. to be humble, the opposite of entitled, to serve and give back, and to not boast or show off his riches since that would be low class behavior. He attended a church open to all with or without tithes and one that preaches that no one is lower or higher than another. Kennedy spent his entire life in public service.

    In contrast, Romney...well, Romney is a collage of contrasts on a moral and character basis, brimming with a sense of entitlement from his legacy of church founders to his dearth of public service. The two divergent characters are a crystal clear picture. Romney is not a thinker, not a writer, not an advocate, and not a visionary.

    Ted Kennedy was a regular guy who made a good life for himself and served his county well.

    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 11:29:38 AM PDT

    •  Ted Kennedy was as far from a "regular guy" as one (2+ / 0-)
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      Sue B, chimene

      can get. Born into one of the wealthiest families in the country; a rich, spoiled, wild party boy; expelled from his first round at Harvard for cheating; joined the military and, because of his wealth, was not deployed to Korea; saved from the legal consequences of Chappaquiddick by his wealth; dogged by death after horrible death of family members and friends, and his own near death and lasting pain and disability in a plane crash.

      Here was a man who could easily have chosen a life of complete dissipation and self-involvement.

      Instead, he became one of the mightiest and most tireless advocates of the poor and working classes our nation has yet known, easily the peer of FDR and LBJ.

      Not at all a "regular guy" in any dimension of his life.

      •  I don't disagree with anything you wrote. (2+ / 0-)
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        chimene, raincrow

        Regardless of his wealth, Se. Kennedy had a story with trials, a life with ups and downs, great achievements and great losses. He persevered and ended up serving the country with distinction. He could and did also sing along at a bar swilling brews.

        Mitt Romney OTOH seems to have had a sanitized life of privilege and fortune notably lacking the trials that teach lessons.

        Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

        by kck on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 03:35:21 PM PDT

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  •  Teddy is our *Liberal Lion* (3+ / 0-)
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    Avilyn, kck, ParkRanger

    And he was proud of it.

    Liberal. It has three syllables, not two.

    Libral is for the lazy thinkers and speakers of the conservative Republican terminology (and your use of it in referring to Teddy Kennedy in the final paragraph of your diary denigrates his legacy).

    Teddy Kennedy, like his brothers before him, believed in sharing the blessings that he received unlike the selfish Romney Republicans.

    Kennedy Celebration of Life Memorial:

       All that we’ve been given by those who came before,
        The dream of a nation where freedom would endure.
        The work and prayers of centuries have brought us to this day.
        What shall be our legacy, what will our children say?

        Let them say of me, I was one who believed in sharing
       the blessings I received.
        Let me know in my heart when my days are through,
        America, America, I gave my best to you.
        America, America, I gave my best to you.

        Each generation from the plains to distant shores,
        With the gifts they were given were determined to leave more.
        Battles fought together, acts of conscience fought alone,
        These are the seeds from which America has grown.
        Let them say of me I was one who believed
        In sharing the blessings I received.
        Let me know in my heart when my days are through,
        America, America, I gave my best to you.
        America, America, I gave my best to you.

        For those who say they have nothing to share,
        Who feel in their hearts there is no hero there,
        Though each quiet act of dignity is that which fortifies,
        The soul of a nation, that will never die.
        Let them say of me that I was one who believed
        In sharing the blessings I received.
        Let me know in my heart when my days are through,
        America, America, I gave my best to you.
        America, America, I gave my best to you.

    Kerry's incredible speech:
    For 1000 days in the White House JFK inspired,
    for 80 days on the campaign trail Bobby challenged...
    for 17000 days Ted Kennedy changed the course of history
    .


    In my honor he pulled out old forgotten dignity and walked straight in a crooked world. ~~poetry of young Barack Obama

    by bronte17 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 11:44:48 AM PDT

    •  or just a typo? (1+ / 0-)
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      Avilyn

      "libral" is also a very common pronunciation in certain regional accents -- honestly, the only times I hear it sounded out to three syllables in Ohio (where I grew up, and where most of my family is) is if someone is making a point and overenunciating.  I.e. "those hoity-toity lib-er-als blah blah".  

      Maybe don't assume the worst of people?  Those of us from flyover country get enough grief from a) our more conservative neighbors and b) actual coastal liberals that we agree with who like to make hick jokes.  

      •  Nope... not gonna give it up to the hoity-toity (0+ / 0-)

        angle.

        And, seriously... "overenunciating" is now a hoity-toity liberal disease?

        You intend to let the Party of Non-Critical Thinking push your buttons to make you stupid too?

        Or can you stand on your feet and tell them to stick their stupidity somewhere else besides your face?


        In my honor he pulled out old forgotten dignity and walked straight in a crooked world. ~~poetry of young Barack Obama

        by bronte17 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 01:17:36 PM PDT

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        •  exsqueeze me? (1+ / 0-)
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          Sue B

          ...What the fuck?  I meant exactly what I said -- that, usually, when I hear a three-syllable pronunciation of that word in an area where the local accent turns it into "lib-rul", it's because someone near me is bashing liberals.  

          I'm not saying everyone who pronounces it that way is hoity-toity, or that liberals actually are.   Just that sometimes it gets my hackles up to hear people equating a Midwestern pronunciation with stupidity.  

  •  So, did you know that today's the anniversary... (0+ / 0-)

    of Chappaquiddick which happened on July 18, 1969?

    Eliminate the Bush tax cuts Eliminate Afghan and Iraq wars Do these things first before considering any cuts

    by kck on Wed Jul 18, 2012 at 05:33:09 PM PDT

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