The Late Senator Edward Kennedy, In My Generation

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For many people in the United States, Senator Kennedy is remember for many things, from his famous father to his famous brothers who fought for people who had little or no voices. 

For many in the older generation, they will remember him for that Presidential Campaign he ran in 1980. They will remember him for the laws and the issues he passionately fought for, and how major of a player he was.  But for me, he will be remembered differently.

Living in Georgia, I knew of him as the Senator from Massachusetts who was very influential in the Democratic Party.  I knew of him as the liberal Senator that certain news/talk radio would not like.  You have to remember, I did my high school and college in Georgia. 

But that is not the memory that will stand out to me.  I come from a generation that was born after he ran for President.  I come from a generation that grew up watching the Classic Knight Rider, as re-runs and not as new episodes.  I come from a generation that would create Facebook and Myspace. 

I come from a generation that will remember the late Senator Edward Kennedy for the things he planted for our future.  I will remember Senator Edward Kennedy as the Senator that Endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama in the endorsement that mattered. 

It not only mattered to those that supported the then-Senator Obama, but those within the Democratic ranks that were not sure about the then-Senator Obama, but greatly admired Senator Edward Kennedy.  When the late Senator Edward Kennedy spoke in his endorsement in Washington, D.C., his endorsement mattered so much to my generation, and no one could have done it better than him at that moment.

The Late-Senator Edward Kennedy reminded us of his elder brother who also once ran for President, and who also had some of the same challenges that the then-Senator Obama. Out of all the endorsements Senator Kennedy has made, this one will be the most memorable and the one that mattered.  For it broke the boundaries of barriers, and made us believe even more, that nothing is impossible.

I will also remember him for his passion in regards to Health care for all.  In his memory, my hope is that we will be able to pass a health care legislation that comes with knowledge, wisdom and compassion.  My hope is that people will remember him for the future possiblities he has left for us, despite our bitter past. 

He encouraged us to always be optimistic, even when the future seems dull.  He also reminded us that just because one is old and may go through so much pain, that is no excuse to stop working, to achieve justice requires hard work to the last minute.  He made sure that the prospects of Health Care for all will never be forgotten.

Now it is our time to honor his legacy by working towards a health care policy that works with individuals to make sure that no one goes through financial hardship in getting medical treatment or emergency care.  In the end, my generation will remember Senator Edward Kennedy as that Senator who spoke so passionately about our future President. 

It was good to see that Senator Edward Kennedy's death came peacefully, unlike the deaths of his elder brothers.  And that he had the chance to say hellos and goodbyes, and that his endorsement would be the most important endorsement towards the Presidency of Barack Obama.  Senator Edward Kennedy may not have been a President, but he made someone else a President and made sure that "The Dream Lives On."

Munzir Naqvi graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Kennesaw State University.

He serves as an advisor to the Pakistan Israel Peace Forum (PIPF) & Pakistan The Next Five Years. Mr. Naqvi has served as President of Student Government at Kennesaw State University in 2004-2005. 

Naqvi is interested in developing countries and economic policies.  He is an advocate of Free Trade in a Free World.  His Motto is Diplomacy before Dialogue.  You can follow him at www.twitter.com/naqvi and Join the Facebook Group: Pakistan The Next Five Years

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