Quotes of a man of peace

Okay, I am not normally one to post political anything on here. I use this to post what I like, musings and other pop culture items that tickle my fancy. But, the time has come.

Not only is the United States in a mess because of not only the killing in Minnesota, but, because of the President and his fanning the flames of civil unrest. Here are a few quotes by one of my heroes (remember, I’m Canadian, born in England) Robert F. Kennedy. If the United States population heeded these when he said them, the country may be in a better place today. I am not saying what if, because I don’t believe in what if’s.

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

When you teach a man to hate and fear his brother, when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues, when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family, then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as enemies…

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.

 

What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr’s cause has ever been stilled by an assassin’s bullet. No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled or uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of the people.

 

The poor man looks upon the law as an enemy, not as a friend. For him, the law is always taking something away.

 

Everything that makes man’s life worthwhile – family, work, education, a place to rear one’s children and a place to rest one’s head – all this depends on the decisions of government; all can be swept away by a government which does not heed the demands of its people, and I mean all of its people.

The fact that free men persist in the search for the truth is the essential difference between Communism and Democracy.

 

We in the United States believe in the protection of minorities; we recognize the contributions that they can make and the leadership that they can provide; and we do not believe that any people – whether majority or minority, or individual human beings – are ‘expendable’ in the cause of theory or of policy.

Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort.

 

What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

If any man claims the Negro should be content… let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.

But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?

 

Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.

As I said, I do not normally preach politics, nor, am I now. But, read these words and absorb them. He died for his beliefs. The United States is on fire, and right now, Nero is in the White House playing his fiddle while it burns.

 

 

 

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