It’s a safe bet that Robert F Kennedy would not even recognize his own party today — especially how they are trying to inflame outrage rather than quell it.
(Hat tip to Hugh Hewitt for pulling this timely gem up from the Wayback Machine.)
Back in the days before we had social media and real-time notifications of events around the world, information moved more slowly. People had to wait for news reports or their daily paper.
Robert F Kennedy was at a campaign stop and had received word about something the crowds had not. He had heard about the killing of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
It would be up to him to break the news to the crowd, and he well understood — in those turbulent times — that HOW he presented that information would make all the difference. The big takeaway quote starts at 2:56, but the full few minutes is worth watching.
Watch how his sensitivity to the crowd’s sense of outrage was leveraged in a way to extend an olive branch, rather than a raised fist, and ask yourself whether ANY of the 2020 Democratic hopefuls reaction to last weekend’s shootings bore any resemblance to his fine words.
No, they were too busy pointing fingers at Trump, blaming HIM instead of the killers, and blaming the tools the killers used rather than the evil in their hearts. Too busy looking for ways they could ‘never let a serious crisis go to waste’.
Forget the POLICIES of the Democrats today, would he RFK even be able to recognize their hostility to their fellow Americans? What would he say about Maxine Waters calling for the targeted harassment of her political rivals? What would he say about the crowds harassing Mitch McConnell and his wife at their homes in the middle of the night.
In this speech, there was no fingerpointing. There was no demonizing. There was no us-versus-them. It was a call for unity. Like the one Trump tried to make, — several times — but the news reports were too busy making hay out of a flubbed word (Toledo) or questioning his sincerity to let the words stand on their own and maybe — just maybe — have a shot at bringing us back together.
It’s enough to make us wonder — do they (the Democrats and their lapdog Press) WANT us to be divided? And if so… what do they gain from it?
Times sure have changed since RFK’s day. In some ways, for the better. But in some ways — for the worse.
We’ve all seen the dishonest games the left have played with the power they’re entrusted with, they’re obviously unworthy of that trust.
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