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Robert Kennedy

Data di nascita: 20. Novembre 1925
Data di morte: 6. Giugno 1968
Altri nomi: Роберт Кеннеди

Robert Francis Kennedy, chiamato Bob e noto come RFK , è stato un politico statunitense, figlio di Joseph P. Kennedy e Rose Fitzgerald, fratello di John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Già a capo del Dipartimento di Giustizia, come procuratore generale, durante la presidenza del fratello John, si candidò alle elezioni presidenziali del 1968, partecipando alle elezioni primarie del Partito Democratico. Morì in seguito a un attentato all'indomani della sua vittoria nelle elezioni primarie di California e Dakota del Sud. Wikipedia

„Il mio punto di vista sul controllo delle nascite è leggermente distorto dal fatto di essere il settimo di nove fratelli.“

—  Robert Kennedy

Origine: Citato in Gino e Michele, Matteo Molinari, Le Formiche: anno terzo, Zelig Editore, 1995, § 1487.

„Ogni società ha il tipo di criminali che si merita.“

—  Robert Kennedy

da The Pursuit of Justice

„Non vorrei sembrar critico nei confrondi dell'erudizione del signor Schlesinger poiché la sua polemica investe una tale varietà di temi che è comprensibile come egli non sempre sia in grado di leggere tutti i documenti di cui discute con tanto accanimento.“

—  Robert Kennedy

a seguito di una risposta dello Schlesinger ad una lettera di Robert Kennedy pubblicata dal New York Times, risposta a sua volta pubblicata dal medesimo giornale.
Origine: Citato in Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., I Mille giorni di John F. Kennedy alla Casa Bianca, traduzione di Giancarlo Carabelli, Rizzoli Editore, Milano, 1966, p. 113.

„Qualcuno lassù non ci ama.“

—  Robert Kennedy

frase pronunciata quando seppe dell'incidente aereo occorso al fratello Ted, 19 giugno 1964
Origine: Citato in Edward Klein, La maledizione dei Kennedy, Milano, Mondadori, 2007, p. 20. ISBN 978-88-04-53311-5

„Of course to adhere to standards, to idealism, to vision in the face of immediate dangers takes great courage and takes self-confidence. But we also know that only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy

Day of Affirmation Address (1966)
Contesto: The second danger is that of expediency: of those who say that hopes and beliefs must bend before immediate necessities. Of course, if we must act effectively we must deal with the world as it is. We must get things done. But if there was one thing that President Kennedy stood for that touched the most profound feeling of young people around the world, it was the belief that idealism, high aspirations, and deep convictions are not incompatible with the most practical and efficient of programs — that there is no basic inconsistency between ideals and realistic possibilities, no separation between the deepest desires of heart and of mind and the rational application of human effort to human problems. It is not realistic or hardheaded to solve problems and take action unguided by ultimate moral aims and values, although we all know some who claim that it is so. In my judgment, it is thoughtless folly. For it ignores the realities of human faith and of passion and of belief — forces ultimately more powerful than all of the calculations of our economists or of our generals. Of course to adhere to standards, to idealism, to vision in the face of immediate dangers takes great courage and takes self-confidence. But we also know that only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.

„We must recognize the full human equality of all of our people before God, before the law, and in the councils of government. We must do this, not because it is economically advantageous, although it is; not because the laws of God command it, although they do; not because people in other lands wish it so. We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy

Day of Affirmation Address (1966)
Contesto: The road toward equality of freedom is not easy, and great cost and danger march alongside us. We are committed to peaceful and nonviolent change, and that is important for all to understand — though all change is unsettling. Still, even in the turbulence of protest and struggle is greater hope for the future, as men learn to claim and achieve for themselves the rights formerly petitioned from others. And most important of all, all of the panoply of government power has been committed to the goal of equality before the law, as we are now committing ourselves to the achievement of equal opportunity in fact. We must recognize the full human equality of all of our people before God, before the law, and in the councils of government. We must do this, not because it is economically advantageous, although it is; not because the laws of God command it, although they do; not because people in other lands wish it so. We must do it for the single and fundamental reason that it is the right thing to do.

„The Irish were not wanted there“

—  Robert F. Kennedy

AP report with lead summarizing of remarks stating "Robert F. Kennedy said yesterday that the United States — despite Alabama violence — is moving so fast in race relations a Negro could be President in 40 years." "Negro President in 40 Years?" in Montreal Gazette (27 May 1961) http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1946&dat=19610527&id=y40tAAAAIBAJ&sjid=F50FAAAAIBAJ&pg=5424,5208719
Contesto: The Irish were not wanted there [when his grandfather came to Boston]. Now an Irish Catholic is president of the United States … There is no question about it. In the next 40 years a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has. … We have tried to make progress and we are making progress … we are not going to accept the status quo. … The United States Government has taken steps to make sure that the constitution of the United States applies to all individuals.

„It is your job, the task of young people in this world, to strip the last remnants of that ancient, cruel belief from the civilization of man.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy

Day of Affirmation Address (1966)
Contesto: Only earthbound man still clings to the dark and poisoning superstition that his world is bounded by the nearest hill, his universe ends at river shore, his common humanity is enclosed in the tight circle of those who share his town or his views and the color of his skin. It is — It is your job, the task of young people in this world, to strip the last remnants of that ancient, cruel belief from the civilization of man.

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