Speak no evil of the dead. This is a southern maxie. If you don’t believe it, find yourself a southern funeral. The worst a person is, the more preachers they’ll have. Sainthood visits the deceased before it is over.
We’ve seen mostly this with the good Senator Kennedy of late. And, I’m not one to shatter the myth, i. e., pointing out his sins. I liked him and often thought that the burden of being Ted was just enormous.
What objective person would have to say beyond a shadow of a doubt, however: He absolutely championed the cause of the poor.
There were scores of pieces of legislation with his name stamped on it that I didn’t even know about, i. e., making it possible for handicapped persons to get around: how great is that! Equal assess for women sports. Meals on Wheels. How many of us “plain” folks knew that? More, more, more.
I think he was a fallible human being, like all of us but placed politically where he could do some good. And, for who he was, he evoked the spirit of Jesus who constantly dealt with the plight of the poor. I think that Ted probably read the New Testament.
But, we can’t deny the memory of Mary Jo Kopeckne (I don’t have a clue on why I remember her name) who died an awful death of drowning while with the good Senator.
My favorite movie, Scent of a Woman, where Al Pacino makes my favorite speech of all times kind of sums it up. He’s defending his young friend and says something like, “When the stuff hits the fan, some men run and some men stay”. Ted ran and it would be disingenoous not to say so.
Has he made up for it all these years. I don’t know and am not his judge. But, I don’t think any of us would say that he’s not tried. In my faith, it is inevitable that he will be judged not by human standards but by God’s criteria. For whatever it’s worth, God bless Ted on his journey.