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Ted Kennedy's posthumous letter to Barack Obama

At the end of his speech on health reform, Barack Obama quoted the letter Ted Kennedy sent him after his death.

It allowed him to introduce the "moral" dimension that he often evokes to justify the need to reform a system that leaves tens of millions of people left behind.

It inspired him one of the most beautiful passages he has ever spoken.One of these texts where he brings the Americans back to their values, where he tells them "who we are": people who profess "skepticism healthy "with regard to the government," frantic individualists ", but who understand that the" danger of too much government is compensated by the dangers of not having enough ".Who know that without the "hand of a reasonable policy, markets can collapse, monopolies prevent competition and the vulnerable can be exploited".

- "You see, our predecessors understood that government could not, and should not, solve every problem.They understood that there are instances when the gains in security from government action are not worth the added constraints on our freedom.But they also understood that the danger of too much government is matched by the perils of too little; that without the leavening hand of wise policy, markets can crash, monopolies can stifle competition, and the vulnerable can be exploited.

Posted Date: 2020-06-11

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