As True Today As It was Then

Robert Kennedy appearing before Platform Committee

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Too much and for too long, we seemed to have surrendered personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our Gross National Product, now, is over $80o billion dollars a year, but that Gross National Product-if we judge the United States of America by that-counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for the people who break them. It counts the destruction of the redwood and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl … And the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children. Yet the Gross National Product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage nor our devotion to our country, it measures everything in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.

Robert Kennedy. Speech At University Of Kansas 1968


5 responses to “As True Today As It was Then

  1. moelarrythecheese

    Yes, it’s true. Robert Kennedy was a nice guy – except to union leaders. While serving as the US Attorney General he gave Jimmy Hoffa a rough time. Some conspiracy theorists think said union chief may have whacked Robert Kennedy in revenge.

  2. moelarrythecheese

    Show me a courteous union leader or a politician who doesn’t distort.

  3. moelarrythecheese

    On second and third reading Robert Kennedy’s speech gains significance. Perhaps the recession will help us to realize the value of many things which we now overlook and take for granted but which cannot be purchased with money.

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