Wednesday, August 26, 2009

We Grieve and Still Hold Hope

George Bernard Shaw wrote, "Some men see things as they are and ask why, I dream things that never were and ask why not." Senator Robert Kennedy often used this quote to inspire others to imagine a different world and to work to remake this one. On the morning that I learned of Bobby's death, I cried. Though just still a youngster I grieved for him, his family, and our nation. Another Kennedy tragedy touched our lives. I had listened to the words of Bobby Kennedy and had hoped his hopes and dreamed his dreams.

When I woke to find that "The Lion of the Senate", Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), had succumbed to brain cancer I didn't quite know how to react. I am still in shock. I have held much hope for America. I can still hope that even without such a dynamic leader, American can move forward. We still need universal health care and an end to discrimination of every kind. Will the Democratic Party pull it together and work to fulfill these dreams?

And, why not?

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