Would RFK like the coun­try we’ve be­come?

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

EDITOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

Leonard Pitts’ Op/Ed col­umn, “The na­tion we might have been,” cre­ates a touch­ing re­mem­brance of Robert F. Kennedy, what he stood for, and how he com­ported him­self. As Pitts points out, the na­tion would likely have taken a dif­fer­ent turn were he not as­sas­si­nated. The same holds true for John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

Pitts ends his col­umn with a list of things he finds dis­taste­ful in the coun­try to­day — im­mi­gra­tion-re­lated in­jus­tice, in­equitable dis­tri­bu­tion of wealth, and ha­tred from the top of govern­ment.

But he ne­glected to cite other im­por­tant, dis­taste­ful things we face to­day — things that have noth­ing to do with Don­ald Trump or Pitts’ an­i­mos­ity to­ward him.

To­day, in this coun­try, there are more than 10,000 il­le­gal im­mi­grant, felon MS-13 gang mem­bers who rape, mu­ti­late and kill cit­i­zens at will;

There is more black-on­black vi­o­lence and mur­der, es­pe­cially in Chicago, where lib­eral Mayor Rahm Emanuel has es­tab­lished a dis­trust­ful re­la­tion­ship with the city’s po­lice force;

Al­most half of all ba­bies are born out of wed­lock in the U.S. That means more chil­dren be­ing raised in fa­ther­less house­holds;

There is an as­tound­ing level of sex­ual as­sault and dis­crim­i­na­tion hap­pen­ing in Hol­ly­wood, pol­i­tics, and the me­dia;

Lib­er­als are con­demn­ing con­ser­va­tive free speech on col­lege cam­puses;

There is a to­tal lack of re­spect for the office of the pres­i­dent of the U.S. and his fam­ily by the left.

Most, if not all, of these things can be traced to a cul­tural break­down in morals, au­thor­ity, and fam­ily val­ues. These things were not preva­lent in Robert Kennedy’s time.

So, in­stead of mourn­ing for what the na­tion might have been, Pitts should use his col­umn to urge peo­ple to do some­thing about the na­tion we could be­come.

I think that Kennedy would have liked that.

BRUCE KEL­LEY. RICH­MOND.

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