While the author is clearly an RFK Jr. fan and takes care to choose his words carefully, he doesn’t mince them, either. After all, how much clearer than “this endorsement stinks” does one have to be in order to get the point across? Yikes!
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Disappoints
By Joel S. Hirschhorn
RFK, Jr. has disappointed millions of liberals, progressives and environmentalists by endorsing Hillary Clinton.RFK, Jr. once said: “the Republicans are 95 percent corrupt and the Democrats are 75 percent corrupt.” This has been widely quoted because of its honest assessment of the corrupt two-party system.
He has also pointed out: “While communism is the control of business by government, fascism is the control of government by business. …The biggest threat to American democracy is corporate power. …our most visionary political leaders have warned the American public against the domination of government by corporate power. That warning is missing in the national debate right now. Because so much corporate money is going into politics, the Democratic Party itself has dropped the ball. They just quash discussion about the corrosive impact of excessive corporate power on American democracy.”
Those these statements were made some time ago, a few days ago on November 28 he talked about the impact of industry on environmental agencies: “It’s been a revolving door of plunder.” Kennedy saved special scorn for “the negative and indolent press of this country,” which he said has become controlled by corporate interests in the last 20 years.
“Americans have become the best-entertained, least-informed people on earth,” Kennedy said. He also said five companies control 80 percent of newspapers and almost all radio, and those corporations are not in business to tell news thoroughly or fairly. “The only ideology they represent is their own pockets,” Kennedy said. So his criticism of the corporate plutocracy seems as strong as ever.
Such honest views of the sad state of America have made Kennedy the darling of many people – liberals, progressives and environmentalists. But the news yesterday was that this esteemed honest liberal has endorsed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.
Now he says: “Hillary Clinton has the strength and experience to bring the war in Iraq to an end and reverse the potentially devastating effects of global warming. …Hillary will inspire the real change America needs.”
Kennedy said he feels “very uncomfortable” about the amount of corporate money flowing into Clinton’s campaign, “But I also think you can’t come into this race with one arm tied behind your back.”
How’s that for convenient rationalization?
In examining media coverage of Kennedy’s endorsement of Clinton I could find no references to his earlier critical remarks of Democrats.
But people commenting on the New York Times article often were aghast at his endorsement, noting that it would have made much more sense for him to endorse Obama or Edwards. Bloggers, so far, have also not been critical of the Kennedy endorsement. The progressive community seems frozen by self-delusion.
Here is my take: Hillary Clinton represents the worst of the Democratic contenders. She is totally committed to take all the corporate money she can get. She really is a hawk when it comes to the Iraq war and even voted the wrong way recently when it comes to Iran. She is incredibly dishonest and phony. The reason why there are millions of Hillary haters is that she inspires distrust.
A Hillary presidency would pursue corporate globalization and the terrible trade policies of her husband that has done so much to destroy America’s middle class. Her views on universal health coverage do not seem focused on getting rid of all the insurance industry involvement.
Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary just shows how the status quo political establishment can rig the system to get what it wants. What has Bobby been promised? Head of the US EPA? Support for replacing Hillary in the Senate? Who knows? But his endorsement stinks and puts a big blemish on his credibility and reputation.
Authors Bio: Joel S. Hirschhorn is the author of Delusional Democracy – Fixing the Republic Without Overthrowing the Government (www.delusionaldemocracy.com). His current political writings have been greatly influenced by working as a senior staffer for the U.S. Congress and for the National Governors Association. He advocates a Second American Revolution, beginning with an Article V Convention to propose constitutional amendments.
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RFK, Jr. isn’t the only one who disappoints in their endorsements. Are the Clinton’s so bought and paid for by huge neocon-run corporations that the teflon on them is hermetically sealed? And why is it that every major news operation won’t dig into Clinton’s inappropriate fundraising tactics that go back to when she was running for Senator?! I am livid that the politicians are not really “elected” anymore. That was obvious during the last Presidential election (if not the one before that also. “
Richard Mynick I totally agree with your assessment of RFK’s comments –ie, with how deeply disappointing they are, in view of his earlier track record for candor regarding the 2 parties, & the corporate plutocracy. His earlier comments, in fact, could be applied with perfect accuracy to a phony sellout like Hillary, on the take from the corporatocracy.When I saw the headline about his Hillary endorsement, I groaned aloud.”
Christie So disappointed RFK Jr. that you have sold out.I am sure you have engraved on your heart the statement. “ I dream of things that never were and ask why not?” As you remember who said that inspiring statement, I wish that you would speak words of support for someone who also dreams of things that have never been, such as Kucinich, who talks about a Department of Peace — something that has never been.You are aware, of course that he also speaks strongly against the Iraq war, certainly not someone who supports its indefinite continuance. You hopefully are aware that presidential candidate Christopher Dodd promises his first action as president would be to restore the Constitution. And I trust you realize that the Constitution has been shredded under Bush/Cheney. How can you endorse a presidential candidate who supports continuation of the war and refers not at all to the freedoms we have lost — to refresh your memory with a couple of big ones: habeus corpus and the Geneva Conventions. What has your endorsed candidate said about these things?More comments on the DailyKos article:
She got a tepid A from Grist – but the real tell that she is not good at all on the environment was during an environmental debate a couple weeks ago she was only willing to go for “incremental change.” That says she doesn’t get climate change at all – an inconvenient truth indeed.
Hillary is the establishment candidate.
Which is why I’m surprised.
I haven’t, though, changed my opinion of him.
This apple fell miles from that particular tree. RFK was no saint but his son here is kind of a nut sometimes. And if the Democrats are 75 percent corrupt — not really much to pick from if the GOP is at 95 — why stay in the party? Be a full-fledged green and tell us how there’s no difference. Better yet, tell it to the Iraq War dead.
Hillary: the GOP’s Only Hope
Much like Gen. Wesley Clark, or Amb. Joe Wilson, RFKjr loses some credibility with me. Hillary Clinton represents the status quo at time we need bold leadership to undo the damage done by the Bushies. Corporations and lobbyists LOVE Hillary Clinton.
But, he has the right to endorse whomever he wants and even though all three of the above have lost some credibility, I can still respect what they all have done in the past.
Sorry you’re disappointed but I think your assertion that he was somehow bribed by the Clinton campaign is over the line and extremely disrespectful.
RFK Jr is not an ambitious guy. He could have run for major elective office and won at virtually any point in the last 25 years, but has chosen the vital and thankless task of progressive activism instead.
In Order to Be Disappointed, It is first necessary to have expectations.
The only expectations I have of any Kennedy are that they are likely to have a sense of entitlement, a substance abuse problem, a tendency toward promiscuity, and a need to be seen as having done well by doing good in public, along with a willingness to cut the most odious imaginable deals in private.
Those aren’t even necessarily bad things.
I don’t expect to take cues from any Kennedy as to how to deal with my own sense of entitlement, substance abuse problems, tendencies toward promiscuity, needs to be seen as having done well by doing good in public, or my willingness to cut the most odious imaginable deals in private. For one thing, they can afford better lawyers than I can, and that alone makes a great deal of difference.
I thought it was a great endorsement for Clinton II, but f*g bizarre by Jr.. I cannot describe how dumbfounded I was to read it, given his policy positions.
Clearly Obama suits his good government ideas.
Clearly Edwards suits his clearing out the corporatist agenda
Clearly Kucinich suits his healthcare position
I just don’t get it…
But good on Clinton II.
bizarre by Jr, I just don’t get it
Agreed. I’ve been listening to his Ring of fire broadcasts from Air America Radio every Saturday for years, and he’s always slamming “Corporate Toadies” and “Corporate Lap-dogs”, then he endorses one for president. Of course on the other hand, now that I look back on his interview with “His cousin Arnold” he had a few months back when he called him Arnold a Liberal, it all makes sense. I think I’m going to take what RFK Jr says with a grain of salt from now on.
Disappointing but not surprising.
The insider’s guide to power in America: A few political families, the Bushes and Clintons and the vast power of big oil shares it. Democrats tend to ignore the fact that it was the Clinton administration that approved the Exxon/Mobil and BP/Amoco mergers. Those vertically integrated monoliths have led us into national interest wars over their oil and their profits, paid for by the lives of too many and trillions in tax dollars. It is one thing to acknowlege the Halliburton/Cheney relationship. It is another to sadly realize that a Democratic president paved the way. A two party system limits choices. A two family system is just short of the end of our democratic process.