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TurnToTheLeft
We have nothing to lose but our chains.
05:39 PM on 01/18/2011
Kerry Kennedy thank you for sharing your memories. Your Uncle President John Kennedy, Father Bobby and Martin Luther King inspired me to devote my life to public service. I was 9 when Bobby ran for president. I wanted to grow up and be like him, Jack and Martin Luther King - the best and the brightest working hard to eradicate poverty and social disparity. My family cried when they heard about King's assassinat­ion. Bobby's words moved us. The night of the California Primary my younger brother and I were so excited - we stayed awake to see who won. I fell asleep on the couch and was awoken by my brother screaming because he was watching TV when Bobby was murdered. The assassinations of JFK, RFK and MLK to carry on their work. The horrifying shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords brings back that visceral pain felt during the King and Kennedy assassinat­ions. The more I find out about how good and bright Gabrielle is; it hurts more and I pray more. I feel badly for all the victims. When President Obama eloquently eulogized 9 year old Christina - it connected with the pure optimism I had at her age while watching Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. As President Obama requested I am now more conscious than ever of the words I choose when I write about politics in honor of Grabrielle­, Christina and all the victims. The change begins with each of us - We The People...

civil servant,
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TurnToTheLeft
We have nothing to lose but our chains.
05:15 PM on 01/18/2011
I was almost 9 years old when Bobby Kennedy was running for president. I wanted to grow up and be like him and Martin Luther King - among the best and the brightest working hard to eradicate poverty and social disparity. I remember my family crying when they heard about King's assassinat­ion. Bobby's words moved us. The night of the California Primary my younger brother and I were so excited - we stayed awake to see who won. I fell asleep on the couch and was awoken by my brother screaming because he was watching tv when Bobby was murdered. These events marked our lives and devoted us even more strongly to work for social justice. The horrifying shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords brings back that visceral pain felt during the King and Kennedy assassinat­ions. The more I find out about how good and bright Gabrielle is; it hurts more and I pray more. I feel badly for all the victims. When President Obama eloquently eulogized 9 year old Christina - it connected with the pure optimism I had at her age while watching Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. As President Obama requested I am now more conscious than ever of the words I choose when I write about politics in honor of Grabrielle­, Christina and all the victims. The change begins with each of us - We The People...”
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Jude Nagurney Camwell
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10:47 AM on 01/18/2011
In the wake of the recent violence and national shock over Tucson, this timeless reflection of hope based on your father's words is what many of us need to hear once again. I've shared this article with others, Kerry. Thank you.
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10:07 AM on 01/18/2011
The loss of your father, of your uncle, and of Dr. King came to close together and shook this country right to its toes. Thank you for reminding us that we must never forget and that we must always "be the change we want to see in this world."
08:30 AM on 01/18/2011
JFK was slain on my 19th birthday. Martin, Bobby. I wept and wept -- and became a political activist. 3000 phone calls for Hillary; 2000 for Barack. In the name of the beloved community, thank you so deeply for sharing these wise brave words from RFK. Markham, tho less incisive than the dear Greeks has a small poem about "widening our circle of concern": "He drew a circle that shut me out--/Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout./But Love and I had the wit to win,/We drew a circle that took him in."
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ChicagoSuz
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05:44 AM on 01/18/2011
You write beautifully. Your father was my hero. I still have a picture of him & your Uncle Jack in my dining room. It was taken during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Their deaths, along with Dr. King's, changed the course of our lifetimes. I believe President Obama is here to continue their journeys that were cut short, all too soon...
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11:35 PM on 01/17/2011
Your father and MLK were the greatest presidents America never had. I remember the morning my mother woke me up with the news about your father. I thought it must be a terrible joke she was playing to try to get me out of bed for school. I believed then, as I believe now, that he could have changed the world. I've listened to that speech many times, and today the words about what America needs now should resonate with all of us.
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acorn57
... every happy ending needs to have a start ...
10:48 PM on 01/17/2011
I realized I left out Martin Luther King in my prior post. He was a courageous man and changed the world for the better in his short life. Happy Birthday Martin Luther King!

I was on the computer the day of the Tuscon shooting when I saw the headline "Arizona Congressman has been shot" I told my family that this would probably be the big news story of the day .....

Turned out to be much more than just that.
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ljmck
Stand Up, Show Up, Speak Up
09:56 PM on 01/17/2011
Imagine a world in which Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy, and Martin Luther King had not been gunned down. Their words live on, but their leadership was lost.

My heart aches for their loss and the losses we have all suffered because of their assassinations. We have not seen their equal and perhaps never will. Assuredly, hope is nil when one gun that can kill dozens or one gun that gets dozens of chances to kill just one are available. There is not enough luck to save our leaders or ourselves, not in the long run.
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acorn57
... every happy ending needs to have a start ...
11:29 PM on 01/17/2011
Yes, I feel the same way- what would the world be like if they lived out their lives? President Kennedy inspired this country to get a man on the moon, pretty incredible. What a contrast to George W. Bush, a backwards, jingoistic President, I was truly stunned that he could be voted into office.

I think a lot of the youth revolt of the 60's had a lot to do with President Kennedy's assassination, and was further fueled by Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy's deaths. There was a dark side to that era, it wasn't all "peace and love". The war was probably the biggest reason for the youths revolt. There's a book by Tom Wolfe titled: The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test that documents what the west coast hippie scene was like back then. I was just a kid at the time, but the feeling of change was palpable.
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11:37 PM on 01/17/2011
Yes.
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cayuse
Soaring Eagle, soaring to Spirit from the ego self
09:55 PM on 01/17/2011
I was stationed at Ft. Myer when MLK and RFK were gun down. I remember you fathers speech that night, in those days the media shared such things instead of spewing their Opinions and Propaganda as they do to day.

Thank you for sharing your words and reminding me of your Father and Martin. I was blessed to have lived when You Uncle, DAD and Martin walk the earth. What a blessing to have such great men all at the same time.

Unfortunately we do not have one thimble of this energy at this time. They all perpetuated righteousness. And I perpetuate this righteousness (right action) all my life and my Son grew up with this wisdom as well.

It would not be fair to not admit that I think it is this righteousness that is the reason they are not with us today. Evil is not in the hand or the hand of a sick man, but those who would deny Freedom and Free Choice these men gave their life for.

GOD Bless them and you for sharing your thoughts of these great men. Pride in my mind is most often a self indulgence, but to be the blood of any of these men is something to be proud of. Of course I too take pride in knowing their hearts and am always am learning their minds. The sea false negativity has always been nothing but a transparent jealousy and deceit to me.
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The Divine Socialist
09:54 PM on 01/17/2011
Ms Kerry Kennedy
I heard today your relative Kathleen Towsend Kennedy speaking on C-Span for Democratic Action. the words she spoke were really inspiring .
Honestly I think she should run again, on any Democratic ticket she wants.
Please tell her that.and good luck to your family.
06:15 PM on 01/18/2011
Plz let her run in your state she was awful running in maryland. she does not have kennedy magic.
09:47 PM on 01/17/2011
I remember so well the night RFK died. My sister had been working on his campaign and went to the Ambassador Hotel with some other supporter friends to see him that night. They were waiting for him to come through the kitchen area to hear him speak. She dearly loved the Kennedy's, and always said RFK would make the greatest president of all the Kennedy's. She was never the same after that indicent. She was not necessarily a political person but believed in what John and Robert stood for. I think she was known at Ted Kennedy's office in Washington, because she would always send him books to sign and always had one more question. I miss my sister, she passed away 3 years ago. If I know her she will have found the Kennedy's in heaven and surely have gotten all her questions answered. Bless you Kerry!
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Juno912
09:25 PM on 01/17/2011
Wow. To compare Obama to your father is such a disservice to your father. I lived through that ere as well, and as much as I want to honor YOUR experience of having lost a parent, I have to say that you are way out in crazy land to suggest that Obama is anywhere near what your father brought to the arena. Sorry, but you do not have the final word.
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cayuse
Soaring Eagle, soaring to Spirit from the ego self
09:59 PM on 01/17/2011
I agree with you, but realize she did not live in the time of these great men, but she reminded us of them. Yes, there is no one that could hold their shoes today.

There is of course many Nixon and Regan guys around and they are the Evil these men fought against
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db08
Embrace each moment, each day!
04:00 AM on 01/23/2011
She did live at that time...her father...her uncle were not killed before she was bien.
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db08
Embrace each moment, each day!
03:55 AM on 01/23/2011
History will have the last word. All three, both Kenndys and MLK were belittled and vilified during their time. It is in reflection and in our great loss that the country recognized their sacrifice and leadership.
To suggest that she is in "crazy land" because she has a different view, a view that other Americans have (I guess we are all in crazy land) shows how deep the venom is....as deep as that which existed during the time of the Kennedys and MLK.
Somehow, I will take her word and experience and that of history over a view clouded by, well, let's say a very short view.
Peace to the Kennedys, the Kings, our President and his family, to our country and to you.
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TurnToTheLeft
We have nothing to lose but our chains.
09:23 PM on 01/17/2011
I was almost 9 years old when Bobby Kennedy was running for president. I wanted to grow up and be like him and Martin Luther King - among the best and the brightest working hard to eradicate poverty and social disparity. I remember my family crying when they heard about King's assassination. Bobby's words moved us. The night of the California Primary my younger brother and I were so excited - we stayed awake to see who won. I fell asleep on the couch and was awoken by my brother screaming because he was watching tv when Bobby was murdered. These events marked our lives and devoted us even more strongly to work for social justice. The horrifying shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords brings back that visceral pain felt during the King and Kennedy assassinations. The more I find out about how good and bright Gabrielle is; it hurts more and I pray more. I feel badly for all the victims. When President Obama eloquently eulogized 9 year old Christina - it connected with the pure optimism I had at her age while watching Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. As President Obama requested I am now more conscious than ever of the words I choose when I write about politics in honor of Grabrielle, Christina and all the victims. The change begins with each of us - We The People...
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cayuse
Soaring Eagle, soaring to Spirit from the ego self
10:02 PM on 01/17/2011
I will not read his speech until he quits killing people with drones and missles instead of bringing them to a JUSTICE in an American court

Till then, I suggest you read the speeches of these 3 wise men (I added JFK). And what they accomplished with the DEED of their ACTIONS

None of these men in my mind were killed by LONE ASSASSIGNS, but Operation 40, later to become Watergate, Iran Conrta, etcs.
08:45 AM on 01/18/2011
I find people like you really annoying. Your naviete about the world is frustrating. I have lived and worked overseas for the past 15 years. There are evil people over here who would rather kill you than say hello. They have no interest what so ever in making peace because they don't trust (not without some justification) the American government. That being said, knowing that they want to come here and do harm leaves no other alternative than to get them first.

I hope and pray that someday it will be different, but until then I want you and family and friends to be protected by any means necessary.
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KisaCat
04:00 AM on 01/18/2011
So beautifully stated. Yes, change begins with each of us.
09:17 PM on 01/17/2011
Thank you Kerry for your post. You keep your father, his brother and Dr. King's messages in our hearts. Bless you.