RIP: Sen Ted Kennedy – the Liberal Lion

For me, a few hours ago, this campaign came to an end. 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.

— Sen. Ted Kennedy – Addressing Democratic National Convention, August 1980.

What is right for us as Democrats is also the right way for Democrats to win.
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.

The demand of our people in 1980 is not for smaller government or bigger government but for better government.
— Address to the Democratic National Convention, August 1980.

“There is no morality in the mushroom cloud. The black rain of nuclear ashes will fall alike on the just and the unjust.”

“The Constitution does not just protect those whose views we share; it also protects those with whose views we disagree.”

“It`s better to send in the Peace Corps than the Marine Corps.”

“Integrity is the lifeblood of democracy. Deceit is a poison in its veins. “

We are giving assurance to the American families that help is on its way.

As long as I have a voice in the United States Senate, it’s going to be for that Democratic platform plank that provides decent quality health care…  North and South, East and West young, old, will have decent quality health care as a fundamental right and not a privilege.

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