QUOTE(Paladin Elspeth @ May 21 2008, 02:48 AM)
I don't agree with everything that Senator Kennedy has done, but I do respect him a great deal for his efforts to help segments of American society that have suffered from discrimination or who have been otherwise dismissed or ignored. For whatever we may think about his methods, he nearly personifies the clause in the Preamble that says, "promote the general welfare."
I think Kennedy, for example, erred in supporting "No Child Left Behind," but I'm not not sure he knew how it would be administered or, in my opinion, underfunded.
Our feelings for politicians sometimes goes beyond politics. They are in our homes, - through the media - sometimes on rare occasions, sometimes on a daily basis. Forty-five years after the slaying of John F. Kennedy, I still get choked up over his assassination. That is one reason I get quite upset, "irate" may be a better word, with some of the loose , and in my opinion inappropriate talk, predicting the assassination of of Barack Obama.
Now that there is a thread available, I''ll share something I sent to a few people by PM late yesterday about Reagan's death, a passing which was completely apolitical from my vantage point.
I was not on the board, when Ronald Reagan died, but the gist of my thoughts, expressed on another board were these:
My mother, like Ronald Reagan, was a victim of Alzheimer’s disease. She had it for about nine years and spent her last seven and a half years in a Fort Worth, Texas nursing home. During this period her powers diminished. She was a shell or remnant of her former self.
As the disease progressed, she didn't know who she was and thought Elvis Presley, who had been dead for more than a decade, visited or called her. She thought she was Presley's girlfriend.
I don’t know whether my mother, or for that matter Reagan, suffered. My mother would grit her teeth and grimaced toward the end – an indication that she might have been in some pain One is never glad, when anyone, especially one’s own mother passes, but my feeling was one of relief.
So, my reaction to Reagan’s death was more from Nancy Reagan's point of view - more from the point of a long
shared ordeal that I and countless others shared or would someday share with her.
One of the things Reagan did that I’ve always applauded was the way he faced Alzheimer’s with openness, honesty and grace - going public about the disease - while knowing the way things were going to end.
From what Fife and Drum
posted on the other thread, I would guess that Kennedy’s death will probably come quicker, but with perhaps more physical pain than either my mother’s or Reagan’s. Hopefully he will meet the challenges ahead with minimal pain and maximum grace.