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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.

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„Qualcuno lassù non ci ama.“

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

„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. Source: 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.

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

—  Robert Kennedy
Source: Citato in Gino e Michele, Matteo Molinari, Le Formiche: anno terzo, Zelig Editore, 1995, § 1487.

„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), Context: 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.

„If we would lead outside our borders, if we would help those who need our assistance, if we would meet our responsibilities to mankind, we must first, all of us, demolish the borders which history has erected between men within our own nations — barriers of race and religion, social class and ignorance.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy
Day of Affirmation Address (1966), Context: The help and the leadership of South Africa or of the United States cannot be accepted if we, within our own country or in our relationships with others, deny individual integrity, human dignity, and the common humanity of man. If we would lead outside our borders, if we would help those who need our assistance, if we would meet our responsibilities to mankind, we must first, all of us, demolish the borders which history has erected between men within our own nations — barriers of race and religion, social class and ignorance. Our answer is the world's hope; it is to rely on youth. The cruelties and the obstacles of this swiftly changing planet will not yield to obsolete dogmas and outworn slogans. It cannot be moved by those who cling to a present which is already dying, who prefer the illusion of security to the excitement and danger which comes with even the most peaceful progress. This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind, a temper of the will, a quality of the imagination, a predominance of courage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.

„We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond, or go beyond these rather difficult times.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy
Speech on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1968), Context: Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black -- considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible -- you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge. We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization -- black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love. [... ] But we have to make an effort in the United States. We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond, or go beyond these rather difficult times.

„We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy
On the Mindless Menace of Violence (1968), Context: Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far-off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire whatever weapons and ammunition they desire.

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