Saturday, October 2, 2010

I Hate to Say This But...

If RFK were alive today he'd be kicking Barack Obama's butt. Obama compromises his principles too much and way too often. RFK would have been a much tougher president.

I still admire Obama for many things, but I just wish he would handle his presidency better than he is handling it. He has to stop trying to compromise with people who have no intention of compromising. I like a lot of what he has done so far but he could do so much more.

I bet he is wishing about right now that he had stayed writing his excellent books, and working with communities directly. Often, the best thing someone can do to help the world is to stay out of national politics.

Look at RFK Jr., he is a well-respected environment attorney who can make things happen. He is often prodded about entering national politics, but in my opinion he is doing so much more than he could if he were in political office. I think it could have been the same with Barack Obama.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

42 years ago

Hard to believe that it's been 42 years since Robert F. Kennedy was shot. He has been dead now almost as long as he was alive, just short by 5 months.

This year is also different since now all the Kennedy brothers are dead; all buried together at Arlington. I will definitely have to visit Arlington soon. I imagine it'll be quite emotional for me.

I still believe in the ideals of RFK. It's funny how suddenly a lot of what he stood for is being called socialism. It seems the far right thinks what used to be called democratic ideals are now examples of a rush towards communism. They even rail against things they used to be in favor of.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I am not American but I thought America was finally moving towards a truly just country, one that would fulfill what the Statue of Liberty and "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" stood for. But, it seems 9/11 changed all that. I do still have hope that things will work out for the better. I'll never give up hoping.

This was the first biography I read of RFK and it is still one of the best.