With the death of Senator Ted Kennedy in 2009 and the retirement of Rep. Patrick Kennedy in 2010, this new 112th Congress is the first one without a Kennedy in 63 years.
I suppose it’s not surprising that many pro-lifers would likely cheer that fact. Especially when you consider all the vitriol that Ted Kennedy heaped on those who fought for legal protection of the unborn.
To me, however, it brings mostly sadness that a family with so much promise and so much tragedy would spend these last few decades doing their best to protect the notorious practice of legal abortion.
With the deplorable violence in Tucson, my thoughts this week turned to Robert F. Kennedy who gave an amazing speech (off-the-cuff) when he heard the news that Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated. His impromptu speech to a crowd in Indianapolis did much to calm the people of that city who were understandably angry at the heartbreaking news.
Now a new Kennedy is being groomed for a possible run for office. Joseph P. Kennedy III, a 30-year-old prosecutor, spoke to the Massachusetts Legislature exactly 50 years after his great uncle, President Kennedy, delivered a speech there called “City on a Hill.”
I suppose it’s nearly impossible to hope that Joe Kennedy III and the next generation of Kennedys would question the relentless support of abortion and the havoc that it caused in our culture. But what a powerful voice that would be to have a 21st Century Kennedy demanding that we protect the weakest members of the human family: the unborn. Perhaps my hope is foolish.
“Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future,”
-President John F. Kennedy.