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50th Anniversary

Fifty years ago today, the nightmare continued as Bobby Kennedy was shot in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, five years after his brother Jack was murdered and only two months after Martin Luther King, Jr., was killed. He died 26 hours later on June 6th.

In 1968, the country was having a nervous breakdown breakdown, soaked in violence. The hope of the RFK candidacy for President was blown away by bullets. Another Dallas. Could RFK have gotten us out of Vietnam sooner? Maybe not, but he would have tried. The candidate who appealed to the poor, dispossessed, and those tired of the war was gone and Richard Nixon would win the Presidency.

Later generations can't conceive of the hope and excitement of that campaign in the midst of hate and chaos and a sens that the country was falling apart, or the awful, numbing horror of "Not again!"

What might have been?

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