Wednesday, August 26, 2009
About the last of the great men of my childhood. When Robert was shot my family was very shaken, we were big Democrats. But then I leaned "there's a third one." I was really never aware of him before. We kept looking to him as I looked to the Beatles to reunite "someday" for that one last great album. Like the wait for the Beatles it was never to be. I was deeply disappointed when he failed to win the party's nomination 1980. He did achieve a great deal. I followed his career in the Senate. We used him in debate whenever health care was an issue.
He did get lost in his own grief for a time and his behavior was atrocious, even as he was a great senator. But he did repent. Many Christians, affected by the Regan thing will scorn him. But he was a Catholic, he did repent of his sinful way of life. He never forsook his calling for social consciousness. He always maintained a deep compassion for suffering people.