Thursday, June 05, 2008

Bobby Kennedy said...

"Our brave young men are dying in the swamps of Southeast Asia. Which of them might have written a poem? Which of them might have cured cancer? Which of them might have played in a World Series or given us the gift of laughter from the stage or helped build a bridge or a university? Which of them would have taught a child to read? It is our responsibility to let these men live....It is indecent if they die because of the empty vanity of their country." (Vietnam War speech, Calif, 3-24-68)

"Parties are instruments of government....The business of parties is not just win elections. It is to govern. And a party cannot govern if it is disunited." (Kings County Democratic dinner Brooklyn, NY, 1965)

"Every dictatorship has ultimately strangled in the web of repression it wove for its people, making mistakes that could not be corrected because criticism was prohibited." ("Value of Dissent" speech Nashville, Tennessee (1968-03-21))

"The advice 'bomb them back to the Stone Age' may show that the speaker is already there himself, but it could, if followed, force all of us to join him."

From wikiquote.

1 comment:

Utah Savage said...

This is a beautiful piece. Thank you for having the skill and taste to put this together when some of us (me) are so full of rancor and rage at half our own party, that we (I) can't see past the anger to the change that's coming like the promise of Spring.

It's 57 degrees and pouring for the second day in a row. Unheard of in Utah in June. I should be grateful that's my lawn isn't dry and dying, but I haven't been able to put my parka away.