RFK

Robertkennedy.jpg Today is the 38th anniversary of the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot just after midnight on June 5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel here in Los Angeles. He died 25 hours later.

After all these years, over 40 since his brother was killed and with the intervening Kennedy comedies and tragedies, it is perhaps easy to dismiss an event like this with a shrug and a shake of the head. But that would be a mistake.

How might American history have been different had RFK not been killed that night? It’s immeasurable, of course, but just consider for a moment who wound up winning the presidential election that year.

And consider what Ted Kennedy had to say at the funeral:

“My brother need not be idolized, 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.”

10 Replies to “RFK”

  1. Of course an alternate opinion was that JFK and RFK were, to quote one of my friends, “ass biters who got what they deserved.”

  2. Lovely take on the situation.

    There are few people I can think of who “deserve” a bullet to the brain.

    That’s pretty fucked up.

  3. Actually, really, Ruth666, you should follow-up on that comment. I can’t fathom why anyone would say something like that about anyone.

  4. That’s a fucked up statemnt Ruth. Just fucked to the uppity up. Would you say that about MLK? The Kennedys represented a period of amazing growth of our nation and to say that is just fucking lame.

  5. Much as I hate to interrupt your ganging up on me, think on it for a moment: my friend’s point was that the Kennedys were bootleggers and criminals, rising to power through criminal acts, in bed with the Mafia as long as it suited them. When they got enough power that they didn’t need the old connections any more they got all gung-ho riding the moral high horse, prosecuting the demons of Organized Crime.

    You can’t have it both ways.

    Is all I’m saying.

  6. There’s no ganging up. I expressed my questions, Jason expressed his.

    What I’m reading in your answer is that you – and/or your friends – imply that the Kennedy’s may have set themselves up for retributive acts. That’s a far cry from “deserving” murder.

    Also – I would disagree with your – and/or your friends’ – basic premise about their rise to power or mafia ties.

    And again – on the “ganging up” comment: you could not possibly have posted your comment without thinking perhaps it would incite some passionate responses.

  7. In her defense, her name is Ruth666, not Ruth WWJD.

    However, justifying murder and assassination seems a little callous. There are also people who say that the US “deserved” 9/11. Both viewpoints are similarly disgusting.

  8. I absolutely did post my original remarks to generate a response.

    To say that the Kennedys had no mafia ties is just untrue. There’s plenty of documentation of Kennedy bootlegging. Later good acts don’t erase bad acts.

    Likening the specific possible mafia murders of two people to the lives lost on 9/11 is fallacious. The individuals killed that day (with the exception of the terrorists) were innocent and completely nonspecific as targets.

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