In May 2008, John McCain said, “I’ve described Ted Kennedy as the last lion of the Senate…he remains the single most effective member of the Senate if you want to get results.”
That is the origin of the phrase that you hear on radio and TV as people remember the life of Senator Edward (Ted) M. Kennedy.
Over the next few days, we will all be reminded of the humanity of Sen. Kennedy and many will damn him with faint praise. We will be reminded of his brothers who died young in an age of great change and we will be reminded of the Kennedy family’s legacy in America. We may not be reminded of Joseph Kennedy’s love for America that he passed along to all his family.
When young, each Kennedy was required to work with the poor to teach each Kennedy a lesson that their life’s work should be to improve the lives of those who have less.
The wealthy are often flawed and the Kennedy’s were no different than others. Yet if we measure a man by his flaws instead of his life’s effort, we have only measured half the man.
Let us all look to measure Sen. Kennedy from mane to tail and then seek to improve ourselves to be more like the best parts of the Last Lion.