(I don’t usually share my open threads form The Wild Wild Left, but the music needed sharing!)
In the strange non-linear line of my brain, Teddy Kennedy provided the songs for today, without ever to my knowledge having heard this songwriter. You see, as the darkness swallowed and lent privacy to his final repose, the very last thing read by Archbishop Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, per Ted’s request, is to read the letter he sent to the Pope with Obama, and the Pope’s reply.
Talk about getting The Last Word in, and the Cardinal accentuated with intent the Universal Health Care mentioned twice. It was a consummate, deliberate act of a knowing player. (just wish he had left the conscience protection out, but then again, thats only one of a gazillion I reasons I left Catholicism, if not all organized religion long ago)
I want you to know, Your Holiness, that in my nearly 50 years of elective office, I have done my best to champion the rights of the poor and open doors of economic opportunity. I have worked to welcome the immigrant, to fight discrimination and expand access to health care and education. I have opposed the death penalty and fought to end war. Those are the issues that have motivated me and have been the focus of my work as a United States senator.
I also want you to know that even though I am ill, I’m committed to doing everything I can to achieve access to health care for everyone in my country. This has been the political cause of my life. I believe in a conscience protection for Catholics in the health field and I’ll continue to advocate for it as my colleagues in the Senate and I work to develop an overall national health policy that guarantees health care for everyone.
The press & the haters only went for the imperfect being trying to right my path part, but everyone listening KNEW exactly why it was read, exactly why he accentuated the Health Care part. The people heard it.
But I didn’t come here to talk about that, I’m really here for the music. Hope you’ll listen.