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HEWITT: The party of Robert F. Kennedy is gone -

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In the aftermath of the murder of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, then a candidate for president, went forward with a planned rally at 17th and Broadway in the heart of Indianapolis’ African-American community. The country had witnessed more than 100 race riots that left at least 83 dead and 1,800 injured the previous summer, and Kennedy knew that news of King’s assassination could result in similar violence. Instead, he called for “an effort to understand with compassion and love.”

Kennedy’s speech is rightfully hailed as one of the great moments of American political rhetoric. His plea was tragically not successful: More than 40 were killed and 2,500 injured in the riots that followed. The Democratic Convention in Chicago was a long clash between police and demonstrators. The Weathermen began their “days of rage” in 1969. The Kent State shootings shocked the nation a year later. Meanwhile, thousands of Americans died in Vietnam: 11,363 in 1967, 16,899 in 1968, 11,780 in 1969 and 6,173 in 1970.

Nevertheless, Kennedy’s speech was a heartfelt, deeply moving appeal for healing and love among fellow citizens. Kennedy, who himself was killed two months later, saw all that had occurred, all that loomed and tried to stop it. Read his speech from that night in Indianapolis. Better yet, listen to it.:snip:

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1 hour ago, Geee said:

@Valin I often wonder if Patrick Moynihan would still be a Democrat today. You'd be hard pressed just to read his quotes and not know that it was a Democrat that it came from.

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1st of all no one who said these things could get nominated for dog catcher, in today's Democratic party. They have been moving slowly Left for some time. By Thursday November 10, 2016 it has become a sprint....and the only way it stops in for Donald Trump and the Republican party to beat them like a bongo drum on Nov. 3 2020....and again on Nov. 8 2022 Then they might wake up and smell the coffee.

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