Love notes to the English language
The last of the old-time liberals. How we needed voices like his.What an incredible cross-section of humanity has turned out at the Capitol to see him off! ME are you part of that huge multiracial, multi-generational crowd? It is even more amazing if I understand correctly that it's completely spontaneous and the public was told the area would be closed but came anyway and the cops let them come right up to the street in front of the Capitol steps.He would be so touched and humbled by that, don't you think?
Another one bites the dust, as the old song goes. He was a very influential man. And very well respected by both the public and politicians.
ronnie: yes, i was there, but i was on the street between the capitol and constitution ave. the capitol area was jammed before i got there. i loved and respected and depended on him to speak for me since, living in DC, i have no representation in congress. we bystanders applauded as the hearse carrying his body passed us by, and some even had signs "Kennedy THANK YOU" and "A Great Man...Rest in Peace." i'm sure his family was touched. even though all the charter buses carrying the kennedy family had darkened windows, the little kids sat up in front and waved to us through the windshield. the crowd was quiet and respectful--many were sad. i stood next to a young black woman who came because she loves the kennedy family. i told her about hearing JFK's inaugural address over the car radio, but that was before she was born.
shammy: we need his voice now more than ever. who will take his place?