Earlier this evening I saw the movie "Bobby" about the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy in 1968. He was killed at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after having just won the California primary in his run for the Presidency. I was only 12 years old at the time but remember seeing the news reports on TV. This was the fourth assassination to have taken place within a 5-year period. Pres. John F. kennedy in 1963, Malcolm X in 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968, then Bobby Kennedy in June 1968.
While watching the film, I started thinking about how things in this country might be different if these four men had lived to carry out their dreams for the United States. Each one believed in equality and justice and brought hope to people that the future would be better for everyone. It seems that since that time in the 60's, we've haven't had any truly inspiring leaders with a real vision for the future.
Many things spoke of in this movie could apply to the situation the country is in today. War, disillusionment, discontent and uncertainty over the future. I highly recommend this film even to those who are too young to remember the 60's as it is a moving portrayal of the hope Bobby Kennedy brought to his followers and the despair left after his death.
At the end of the movie I found myself wondering why we don't have leaders today who inspire such hope and if anyone will come along who can.
There are still unanswered questions about both the Kennedy assassinations. The following video points out some regarding Senator Robert Kennedy's death.
On AlterNet's site are 2 more videos relating to the murder of Robert Kennedy.
And lastly, here is a site containing some of Robert Kennedy's speeches.