09/26/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

It's About Time

With the passing last night of perhaps the greatest senator this country has ever known, it marks a legacy in dire need of reward. Teddy Kennedy spent the better part of his five decades in public service fighting for the less fortunate. Up front and center was universal health care. Following in the footsteps of his brothers, Teddy recognized that by being born into privilege he was able focus his power into making a better society, lifting those who didn't have the opportunities he had. That was the central objective in his quest for health care, and asked for nothing more than affording the same coverage for all that he and his constituents received in government.

I have never seen such an hideous display of demagoguery than during these past months over this debate in Congress. We live in extremely uncertain times, the masses being more vulnerable and, sadly, more easily manipulated than ever before. It's an outrage for the right to make up the garbage they're feeding the public, merely to win an argument like schoolyard bullies, regardless of impact. Never mind we could actually move our culture forward in the 21st Century. Lie, distort, cheat. None of it matters. Just don't let the other side win. Perhaps if The Right had a valid argument, it might be a debate worth entertaining. But, of course, it isn't, because health care should be a God-given right. Any sane minded person can't argue that. Therein lies the problem.

As a tribute to Teddy, Congress should once and for all unite in what they know is doing the right thing.

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