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Robert F. Kennedy: A Legacy In Words

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Was showing a film clip today from "Thirteen Days" to my Honors World History class.  I was reminded how instrumental Robert was in helping solve the Cuban Missle crisis.  Even though it happened back in 2008 I still remember reading about former G.W. Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino admitting she knew nothing about the Soviet Union putting missiles in Cuba in 1962 and causing a crisis that nearly led to nuclear war.  This is so endemic of the 'know nothing' meme the GOP likes to push.  This allows them to see current events without any context so they bend an issue to any ideological bent that suits them.  It also leads to disaster such as Iraq and Bush's coveted GWOT [Global War On Terror].
As I was thinking about RFK today I was reminded of one of his more profound insights when he stated,
“Too often we honor swagger and bluster and wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others.”
This could not be more profound when considering the current climate surrounding issues of gun rights in our country.  The NRA seems to live on swagger and bluster at the expense of shattered lives.  I am truly sorry he did not live longer to influence our political direction over the decades.  He surely embodies that "what could have been" longing.