Brewtown Politico

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11.20.2005

Remembering RFK

There's a good column in today's Boston Globe about Robert F. Kennedy, who would have turned 80 today.

"In throwing his political weight behind the powerless and the oppressed -- and later in his opposition to the war in Vietnam -- Robert Kennedy took huge political risks. He possessed a rare moral vision for what America might become if it would only confront the demons of racism and poverty. His support for the civil rights and peace movements stood conventional political wisdom on its head. The safe, smart thing for him to have done would have been to support Lyndon Johnson and patiently await his turn for the White House. It is a measure of his political courage that he chose a far more dangerous course."

RFK was assassinated on June 5, 1968.

Hat tip to Brad for the link.

1 Comments:

At 11/21/2005 03:46:00 PM, Anonymous Jason said...

What I mourn R.F.K. for was his role in the Cuban missle crisis in 1963. At his brother John's order, he secretly negotiated with the Soviet Union to withdraw U.S. missles from Turkey in exchange for the Soviets withdrawing their missles from Cuba. Robert F. Kennedy's behond the scenes performance during the crisis makes me wonder what he could have done as President of the United States.

 

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