Friday, May 23, 2008

The Assassination of a Catholic Radical

Forty years ago at a quarter past midnight, the 5th of June 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, a most tragic and decisive event transpired. A madman shot, to death, Robert Kennedy. The course of american and world history was changed, and changed for great ill. Thomas Carlyle espoused a theory of the hero, the great man of history, whom in his person and action effects history. Such a man was our Bobby.

I have previously* posted concerning this. In my generation, this was the critical point, where the slope of the graph changed. Beneficial, progressive change was dashed. We have had two score years of degradation or mediocrity. On the 6th of June, Robert Francis Kennedy died. For many, the hope of a better America did perish also. The more one looks back, the more certain the verdict.

As I type this, on the 23rd of May, Hillary Clinton spoke in South Dakota. After I read, saw and heard her statement, I was appalled. I filled out an electronique courier form and sent this out:
Hell-o Mr. Dean,

Mrs. Clinton's recent remark that referred to the assassination of our dear Robert Kennedy as a reason to continue campaigning is too outré. It's truly time for her to fade away.
Just recently, Bobby’s only, surviving brother† was given grave health news. Some hideous partisans revelled. The hatred of the Kennedys, by a part of this country, is often, hysterically vicious. Though they have erred often, and even seriously before God, they have served, yes, truly served this country well and continuously. So much of the good name, that, this country still enjoys in the world, is on account of the Kennedys. They have not preyed on it such as the Bushes, whom have not garnered an equitable share of opprobrium for their deeds.

Hillary Clinton is like a Republican. Shame is not in her makeup. She feels entitled to the office she aspires. Yes, ruthless ― that is the Republican characteristic. She would be better than an official Republican, but she has that quality of arrogant meanness they are engendered with.
*October 9, 2007.
†His brother, Edward “Teddy” Kennedy — “My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.”
noto bene: In 2006 the fictional, but inspiring tribute movie, “Bobby” was released. It is worth seeing by all, for some, it is a necessary corrective.

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