Robert Kennedy - ‘Tis Not Too Late to Seek a Newer World
“We cannot continue to deny and postpone the demands of our own people, while spending billions in the name of freedom elsewhere around the globe. No nation can exert greater influence or power in the world than it can exercise over the streets of its own capital, and I think we have to recognize that as well.
No government can sustain international law and order unless it can do so also at home. No country can lead the fight for social justice unless its commitment to its own people is credible and determined. Unless it seeks jobs and not the dole for its men. Unless it feels anguish as long as any of its children are hungry. Unless it believes in opportunity for all of its citizens, all across this land.
Our future may lie beyond our vision, but it is not beyond our control. Alfred, Lord Tennyson once wrote:
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks: The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends, ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
I come to you today to say that we can build a new and better nation. I say we can do so, that we must do so, and that we will do so.”
New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Tualatin, Oregon, April 17, 1968