Six months ago my spouse and I were on a business trip in Dallas. We went to Dealey Plaza at sunset. I couldn't stand to be there because of what happened there in '63, even though I wanted to go. I couldn't get out of the car because of the way I feel, to this day, about the heinous crime that happened there -- it was enough to actually see where he died.
Granted, I wasn't born until 1969, but I've studied recent U.S. history, especially that decade. We will never know what our country could have been, because of the leaders we lost that decade. Jack & Bobby, Martin, Malcolm, Medgar and countless others. Even though we are still asking why these people died, I think deep down we do know why: Because they wanted to change the status quo. It's just hard to reconcile the fact that these men were killed because they wanted to change things.
It matters because we have to look into the past to realize how we've come to where we're at now. If it wasn't for these men fighting for what they believed in, this country could be much worse off now than what it is. That is what we do know. I wish we could say that we've learned from their deaths. Apparently, we haven't.
Take Hillary Clinton's remarks about Bobby Kennedy being the reason she has stayed in the primary race as long as she has. It's been roughly 32 hours since that remark hit the Internet. It's taken me this long to gather my thoughts on what she said, and I must admit that I'm still having trouble trying to rationalize her words. I'm trying to justify what she said in my own mind.
I knew things were going to get ugly when she said, during her May 20 Kentucky victory speech: "We will work hard for the Democratic nominee, whoever she may be," emphasizing she. I felt sick when I heard her say this.
I thought she couldn't go any lower, but then she compared her fight to get the Michigan and Florida delegates seated to the way the voters have been disenfranchised in Zimbabwe on Wednesday. Okay, I let that comment sit. Maybe I shouldn't have.
I am but one small voice in a country of 300 million people, and I had already talked about her "me" campaign this week. Just let it sit, I thought -- she's digging her own political grave.
As I sit here writing this, I am physically ill just thinking what that comparison means to me as a person. When I read it Friday, I had to fight to not throw up on my computer. I'm still trying not to do this.
"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it," said Clinton. "It" being why she should bow out of the race now, when there are still issues to resolve. What issues?
After this comment, there are no issues to resolve. It's over. Her career had better be over after this as well.
Hillary, you've shown you can't run with the big dogs, now go sit on the porch and enjoy the sunset.