Wednesday, February 22, 2006

All time favourite speech by R.F.K

"Our gross national product .now,is overeight hundred billion dollars a year,but that GNP-if we judge America by that-counts air pollutio nand cigarette advertising ,and ambulances to clear highways of carnage.It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them .It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl.It counts Napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead ,and armoured cars to fight the riots in our streets.It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife,and the television programs that glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children,the quality of their education,or the joy of their play.It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages,the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials .It measures neither our wit nor our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country ;it measures everything in short ,except that which makes life worthwhile .And it can tell us everything except why we are proud to we are Americans.
Robert F.Kennedy 1925-1968 . U.S Attorney General ,Senator for New York and Presidential candidate .Gunned down after his victory speech at The California Primary celebrations in Los Angeles June 1968 and buried on Mum's birthday .Something she will never forget. I hear this often and am truly impressed by Linus Roache's version in "R.F.K" especially as he is English and R.F.K had a very unusual voice , soft Bostonian ,gentle and emotional.


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