Kennedy Family Writes Anti-Trump Op-Ed In Washington Post That EVERYONE Should Read
I wish the Kennedy family had written their opinion piece before the election. It might have prevented Trump from being elected. I still believe in the Kennedys despite the traumas and scandals they have gone through. Losing John and Bobby to assassination was not an easy experience for a family to survive. It left scars and trauma that took tolls on the children of both men and their Kennedy cousins.
It took tolls on the rest of America. I remember being in school when the student body president got on the PA system and told us President Kennedy had been killed in Dallas. I had worked for his campaign. I had worked to “Get out the Vote.” Now he was dead. Later, at home, I watched the news and Walter Cronkite over and over and could not grasp how a good man could be lost like this. Years later in Dallas, I went to the Grassy Knoll and the book repository and tried to make sense of it all. Two innocuous spots in the great state of Texas that will remain in infamy the site of horrible and unnecessary carnage.
I knew then that Kennedy wasn’t perfect and know it now. But you hold up a John Kennedy or a Robert Kennedy against a Donald Trump and the comparison is like weak tea. They wanted to change America by building her up and bring a better life to all her people black or white. They believed in equality. They believed in giving less fortunate people a hand up and the entire family has done that.
If both had lived, America today would be an entirely different country. They would have accomplished all of their platforms and the black people would be much better off. We would have gotten out of Vietnam sooner. The middle class would have been shored up and vocational training and /or college would have been promoted. If one or the other had survived, they would have carried on. I watched Bobby die on TV. I heard him give his speech and walk off stage. They decided to take him out through the hotel kitchens. As I sat there, a bullet cut down his life. A scream died on the lips of liberal America and our tears flowed like the great Mississippi.
Donald Trump cannot stand up against these beloved icons. He wants to tear America apart with hate and so far he has done a pretty good job. He is trying to take America from being the home of the brave to being a playground for the ultra rich. One where each of the rest of us will have to kiss their boots and kowtow to their wants. I refuse to do that. Many will refuse. In what is supposed to be my golden years, I will do everything I am capable of to ruin Trump’s plans and to help Americans see what an infantile loser he really is.
So, I stand with the UCLA and with black people, women, refugees, Muslims, the disabled, the disenfranchised, the unwashed masses that came to America when my grandparents came and began a new life with hard work and a stubborn drive to succeed in this great land of America. I stand up to Trump for my grandparents who traveled here in steerage for a new life, learned English and became citizens. Who taught us to work hard and to be proud of who we are. We, the first and second generations born here from those immigrants, must fight Trump and all he and his cronies stand for. I look forward to the coming years, after this administration is gone, beginning in 2020.