The death of Paul Tsongas will be deeply felt by every member of the Concord Coalition family. With his death, some will inevitably wonder whether the work of the Concord Coalition will continue. No one who had the privilege of knowing Paul Tsongas could have any doubt about the answer. Of course it will.
Senator Tsongas often spoke of legacies. To him, the work of the Concord Coalition went well beyond the tactical goal of balancing the federal budget. He was much more concerned with the larger purpose of restoring generational responsibility to our public policies.
In A Call to Economic Arms, Paul Tsongas wrote:
In Journey of Purpose, Senator Tsongas described a larger reason for his work:
Beyond individual achievement and failure, there is common purpose, shared and inescapable. It is not purpose derived from legislative mandates. It is genetic. It resides in every being because it is the continuance of that being. It is the sacredness of generational responsibility. To be given life and to ensure that life passes on, enhanced, cherished, protected.