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Demoin04 Donating Member (31 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:54 PM
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Bobby Kennedy and John Kerry? read this and see what you think
"John Kerry and Bobby Kennedy's unfinished mission
A bold narrative of hope would landslide over Bush's politics of fear"
By Arianna Huffington

http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=1698...



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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 04:59 PM
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1. thanks for posting and welcome to DU
This paragraph tries to break my heart all over again:
"In the film, former Senator and RFK confidant Harris Wofford says that Kennedy told him that he was running for president "to save the soul of the country."
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 05:50 PM
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2. Thanks for putting this on again.
I think that last week, when most people saw it, they had an emotional reaction. It is not intended to imply that Kerry is this generation's Bobby Kennedy. Rather, it means that Kerry is in a position to play a significant role ..... much the role that Bobby played in 1967-68. Think of it in terms of him being our Olympic heavyweight boxer. It doesn't mean he's young George Foreman, waving the flag in the ring in Mexico City. It means he represents our team today. Robert Kennedy, Jr. has supported Kerry for a long time, even when it looked pretty bad for John. I am sure that Robert does not confuse Kerry with his father. But he knows John Kerry is fighting the good fight for the American people.
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NNadir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 06:02 PM
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3. Having read Reeve's "A Question of Character," I prefer Kerry to Kennedy
either Jack or Bobby.

As a Senator, Kerry at least has a liberal record on most issues.

John Kennedy did not. Bobby Kerry served on Joe McCarthy's staff and named Joe McCarthy his son's godfather. In the early 1950's John Kennedy was the only Democrat in the Senate who did NOT vote to censure Joe McCarthy.

Both brothers were heavy duty cold warriors, and both had a decidedly weak Civil Rights record, avoiding the issue all together if not working against it. Kennedy actually asked the Freedom Riders to call their protests off, since they made him look bad. People forget this, but John Kennedy was President when Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech. Kennedy certainly could have spoken at the event, and thus given a huge lift to the movement. Instead he stayed home in the White House that day, and watched television.

I much prefer the second JFK to the first.
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-04 06:22 PM
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4. One of the advantages
of being alive at the time was being able to watch Bobby Kennedy evolve. To talk about the RFK who ran for president in 1968 in terms of the attorney who served (briefly) with McCarthy is comparable to talking about Malcolm X only in terms of the thief, drug addict, and pimp who went to prison. The amazing thing about both men (Bobby and Malcolm) is the extent that they GREW and EVOLVED as human beings. To understand this, you would do yourself a favor by reading several other good books on RFK.
Now, as for JFK being a cold warrior, you are not wrong per say, but you may find that this impression is incomplete, if you read further. Just one example: if you examine the Cuban missle crisis, you will see that President Kennedy did a remarkable job. Truman, Eisenhower, Johnson, or Nixon (in other words, going two presidents either way) would not have played that same hand of cards the same way Kennedy did. And that is not mere speculation; all four made comments about the crisis. RFK and JFK saved the world from a explosive conflict which would easily have destroyed several American and Russian cities, as well as all of Cuba. Strength can be a good thing. It comes in many forms.
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