Some may be wondering about the importance of the quote in my header.
‘The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die…’
In 1980 Senator Edward M Kennedy challenged President Jimmy Carter in the Democratic Primary and lost by a substantial margin. Challenging a sitting President in a Presidential Primary race is and was a rare case of party destabilisation in US Politics. In retrospect, Carter’s battle with Kennedy depleted the much needed resources and effort that he needed to take on Reagan in the general election later that year, which Carter subsequently lost.
Kennedy’s concession speech at the Democratic National Convention remains my favourite of all time. In its proper context the defeat that Kennedy speaks of here is not a noble one, nor should it be lionized as much as it is, nearly 35 years later. Yet his speech is infinitely better than the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech of Martin Luthur King in 1963, Obama’s ‘Yes We Can’ concession speech for the New Hampshire Primary in 2008, and even better than Kennedy’s older brother in his inauguration speech of 1960. The above quote is the one I want on my epitaph. It is the quote I think of every time my life feels like a never ending pile of shit.
It is the motto for my life.
Edward Kennedy's speech is the measure I use to define greatness in myself and in others.
And just as Kennedy quotes Tenneyson in his speech, so will I:
Though much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield