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.