Would RFK like the country we’ve become?
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.