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Robert F. Kennedy

Geburtstag: 20. November 1925
Todesdatum: 6. Juni 1968
Andere Namen: Роберт Кеннеди

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Robert Francis „Bobby“ Kennedy war ein US-amerikanischer Politiker. Der jüngere Bruder des ermordeten US-Präsidenten John F. Kennedy strebte nach einer Karriere als Senatsjurist, Justizminister und Senator auch die Präsidentschaft an und fiel dabei während des Vorwahlkampfes ebenfalls einem Attentat zum Opfer.

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„Fortschritt ist ein schönes Wort.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy
Seine Triebkraft aber heißt Wandel. Und der Wandel hat seine Feinde." Source: Theodore J. Lowi (Hrsg.), Robert F. Kennedy: "The Pursuit of Justice" (Bekenntnis zur Gerechtigkeit), New York 1964, Seiten 9 bis 80. ISBN 978-0060123550

„Viele sehen die Welt, so wie sie ist und fragen »warum«? Ich träume von einer Welt, die noch nie da war und frage »warum nicht«?“

—  Robert F. Kennedy
RFK paraphrasiert "You see things; and you say 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say 'Why not?'" von George Bernard Shaw: Back to Methuselah Source: http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/13084

„Was an Extremisten abzulehnen und gefährlich ist, ist weniger ihr Extremismus als ihre Intoleranz.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy, buch The Pursuit of Justice
in: Theodore J. Lowi (Hrsg.), Robert F. Kennedy: "The Pursuit of Justice" (Bekenntnis zur Gerechtigkeit), New York 1964, Seiten 9 bis 80. ISBN 978-0060123550

„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.

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„This is a Day of Affirmation, a celebration of liberty. We stand here in the name of freedom.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy
Day of Affirmation Address (1966), Context: This is a Day of Affirmation, a celebration of liberty. We stand here in the name of freedom. At the heart of that Western freedom and democracy is the belief that the individual man, the child of God, is the touchstone of value, and all society, groups, the state, exist for his benefit. Therefore the enlargement of liberty for individual human beings must be the supreme goal and the abiding practice of any Western society. The first element of this individual liberty is the freedom of speech: the right to express and communicate ideas, to set oneself apart from the dumb beasts of field and forest; to recall governments to their duties and obligations; above all, the right to affirm one's membership and allegiance to the body politic — to society — to the men with whom we share our land, our heritage, and our children's future.

„All do not develop in the same manner, or at the same pace. Nations, like men, often march to the beat of different drummers, and the precise solutions“

—  Robert F. Kennedy
Day of Affirmation Address (1966), Context: All do not develop in the same manner, or at the same pace. Nations, like men, often march to the beat of different drummers, and the precise solutions of the United States can neither be dictated nor transplanted to others. What is important is that all nations must march toward increasing freedom; toward justice for all; toward a society strong and flexible enough to meet the demands of all its own people, and a world of immense and dizzying change.

„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), Context: 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 road toward equality of freedom is not easy, and great cost and danger march alongside us.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy
Day of Affirmation Address (1966), Context: 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.

„I think back to what Camus wrote about the fact that perhaps this world is a world in which children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering children, and if you do not do this, then who will do this? I'd like to feel that I'd done something to lessen that suffering.“

—  Robert F. Kennedy
Context: Something about the fact that I made some contribution to either my country, or those who were less well off. I think back to what Camus wrote about the fact that perhaps this world is a world in which children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering children, and if you do not do this, then who will do this? I'd like to feel that I'd done something to lessen that suffering. In an interview shortly before he was killed, responding to a question by David Frost about how his obituary should read.

„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“

—  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.

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