August 26th, 2009
06:57 PM ET

Ted Kennedy's causes resonate with youth

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/08/26/williams.ted.kennedy/art.erica.williams.cap.jpg caption="Erica Williams says Ted Kennedy consistently exemplified the hope for an open, just and inclusive America."]
Erica Williams
Special to CNN

Sen. Edward "Ted" Kennedy may have been 77 years old, but he embodied the spirit, determination and core values of my generation - the millenials - in a way that no other senator has in our lifetime. How ironic that the passing of one of the oldest and longest serving senators has left me, a 25-year-old woman, frantically searching for a fierce, dedicated ally for causes that concern young Americans.

As a young person with equal parts hope in - and criticism of - America's body politic, I value the length of time Kennedy spent championing the causes of those constituencies that are traditionally underrepresented in the political process and also the tenacity, savvy and consistency with which he did it.

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  1. Christine

    I agree and enjoyed reading your post. I was watching Jim Baker ministries yesterday and a few other christian programs & it seems some of these christian philosophers will be tapping into the youth as well. They're building a churchfull of young ministers, who will be graduating in a few years, with their twisted ministry. Jim Baker even adopted a mexican american family from a dope fiend mother. I believe the christian ministers are going to be hot and heavy in the next few years – they're already eroding away at the elders in the USA, feeding them on fear of the healthcare systems, quoting scriptures that Obama is not honoring mothers and fathers; and furthing indicating that Obama's administration is a sign of the end times. An older person can easily become manipulated and afraid, when ministers abuse their positions.

    August 27, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  2. sam lewis

    we can only imagine how, so much more better this country would be if robert, and jhon kennedy were not assasinated and left to do the jobs that they were elected to do.this country would not be suffering from so much social, and racial, injustice and the job that senator ted kennedy performed throughout his career was living proof of that. the things that this one man had done is praise worthy, imagine if all three had the chance to do what this one man has done. three times the charm.

    August 27, 2009 at 2:50 am |
  3. Larryboy

    Oh, This is just too funny!

    August 26, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  4. Joe G. (Illinois)

    All human being have free will. Some will even give you the biggest smiles while committing the most atrocious evil acts, and so “For each their own.” But I’m here.. I’m a Conservative Republican and I’m informing you that “your generation” as you stated in your commentary “which includes me and many other like me” doesn’t make your evil plea and admiration about Ted” Kennedy their own. You stand corrected, separated, and compartmentalized with those who feel, live and breathe like you “The Liberal Progressives Democrats.”

    August 26, 2009 at 7:52 pm |
  5. Trishy

    Such great suffering so we can reap a greater reward. May God bless and keep the entire Kennedy Family in perfect health and peace.

    August 26, 2009 at 7:45 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    Erica Wiliams,

    Thank you for your post – you reminded me of why I was for his brother Robert Kennedy back when I was a lot younger and why I have been for Ted all the years since. Your explanation of what your generation was voting for at the polls encourages me that your generation can truly make this a better place than us boomers are leaving it. We thought we could change the world – we couldn't but maybe your generation can.

    August 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm |