We’re mourning the loss of a great leader. It’s poignant that he left us as the great battle for health care reform is underway.
The commitment I seek is not to outworn views but to old values that will never wear out. Programs may sometimes become obsolete, but the ideal of fairness always endures. Circumstances may change, but the work of compassion must continue. It is surely correct that we cannot solve problems by throwing money at them, but it is also correct that we dare not throw out our national problems onto a scrap heap of inattention and indifference. The poor may be out of political fashion, but they are not without human needs. The middle class may be angry, but they have not lost the dream that all Americans can advance together.
For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.
MoveOn sent out this video of Kennedy speaking for health care reform in 2008:
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