He was flawed and he suffered for it, but not enough for a lot of people who hated his family and his politics. The fact he was privileged and fought for the little guy left the haters with their only ammunition being a tragic mistake that he asked forgiveness for.
It would be nice if we could all try to be a bit more human and celebrate the fact that he was on the right side of so many moral issues (Civil Rights, Sanctions against apartheid, banning arms to Pinochet, and denouncing Vietnam and Iraq wars). And not to mention the fact that he had been championing universal health care long before it was fashionable. He didn’t have to do any of this, he could of sailed around the Cape all day if he wanted to. He could have slunk back to a quiet private life and never dealt with his demons. He ran for President and lost, he returned to public life and fought the good fight. Thanks Senator Kennedy for all your hard work. Rest in Peace.