Archive | September, 2007

RFK Jr. a Possible Contender for Hillary’s Senate Seat

23 Sep

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Last week the New York Daily News reported that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. may have his eye on his father’s former place in the U.S. Senate, a seat currently occupied by Hillary Rodham Clinton. But perhaps not for long.

Should Clinton become the Democratic nominee and go on to win the general election in 2008, it would fall to New York Gov. Spitzer to choose Clinton’s successor if she leaves before her term is up.

Naturally, several Democratic hopefuls already have their eye on that coveted prize, and according to the Daily News, Bobby Kennedy Jr. is one of them:

Another contender might be prominent environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who, a party insider noted, possesses a “magic, magic, magic name” in politics.

This isn’t the first time Kennedy has expressed a desire to run for the Senate. In previously published interviews, he has said that he would be interested in possibly running for Senator or Governor of New York. So this is really just the latest round of rumors regarding Bobby’s future political plans — a secret which, at least for now, he is keeping to himself.

Of course, we’d rather see him go for it and run for President instead.

Although a few years of some Congressional experience would benefit him, it is certainly not a requirement for Presidential leadership. Considering how recent administrations and our Congress have let ALL of the people down, Kennedy not being a Washington insider may well be his greatest asset in a run for the White House.

Americans are ready for leaders who think outside the box (and the Beltway). So if RFK Jr. decides to go for his father’s old Senate seat, he’ll have our support. He’d be a wonderful Senator and the people of New York would be lucky to have him. But if he should instead decide to enter the presidential race as a late arrival, we’ll have our boots on the ground: raising money, rounding up volunteers and votes nationwide.

Clearly, he is close to making a decision as to whether he will enter the 2008 race or wait this one out. This is the time he needs to hear from YOU! Please tell Bobby your thoughts on the petition to draft RFK Jr. into the 2008 presidential race. Sign it today!

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/RFKin2008/

Copyright 2007 by RFKin2008.com. All rights reserved.

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RFK Jr. Keeps The Faith

17 Sep

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the Shrine of St. Francis

(CAPTION: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaking recently at the shrine of St. Francis in San Francisco. See more photos from this event in the Fog City Journal. Image copyright Luke Thomas, 2007)

RFK JR. KEEPS THE FAITH

With so many politicians pandering to the interests of the religious right, too often promising anything they think will get the Christian vote (while ignoring the most basic of Christian values), it’s so refreshing to hear what Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has to say. When he speaks of faith, one not only feels that he is talking from the heart, but that the convictions he holds are truly his own.

This was evident in a recent speech he gave in California.  RFK Jr. flew to San Francisco in early September to promote his children’s book, Saint Francis of Assisi:A Life of Joy, and toured the construction of a replica of Saint Francis’ porziuncola.

The replica is being constructed inside the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, a church in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district.

RFK Jr. attended a special mass at the National Shrine of Saint Francis where he gave a passionate speech about the life of Saint Francis before attending a book signing.

Kennedy (who is Catholic), takes his middle name from St. Francis, like his father before him. “Saint Francis is the patron saint of our home.” RFK Jr. told the audience.

“He is an ecumenical saint. He’s the most loved saint in the world, next to the Virgin Mary, and he continues to be today. I was attracted to him because of my love of nature. It was one of his core values as well.

“He represents so many issues that are relevant today. Not just the environment, but also the issue of peace.

“To be able to write this book and teach this story to children was just a great privilege and a great joy for me,” Kennedy said.

St. Francis of Assisi book by Robert Francis Kennedy Jr.

In his speech, Kennedy stressed the point that many of our elected leaders and presidential candidates always seem to miss: the fundamental duty of a society to render service to God by helping the least fortunate among us.

“Saint Francis said the way we find happiness in ourselves is by committing ourselves to the poor.” He said, speculating that “if Francis were alive today he’d be working the AIDS wards, among the most vulnerable of our society.

RFK Jr. encouraged all in attendance to “try and live your life with the perfect imitation of Christ’s life. Do what he did, not what someone tells you to do. To me that’s the most inspiring message. It’s a message that’s relevant to all of us today – the message of peace, protecting the environment – and it’s a message of take care of the poor and ultimately democracy as well.

“GOD GAVE US A BRAIN SO WE COULD THINK FOR OURSELVES” – RFK JR.

“We should not sell ourselves to some ideology or some dogma, but rather think for ourselves. God gave us a brain so that we could think for ourselves and not so that we could believe blindly and ignore science. Search for the truth, that’s what we’re supposed to be doing.

“Fundamentalism is a perversion of religion. It’s a way of controlling people and expanding imperial ambitions. Religion is at its best when it searches for existential truth.

“God gave us such a wonderful world and we should be exploring it, learning it, understanding it, and not just saying, ‘ok, all I need to do is learn what’s in this one little book.’

“Most historians believe he single-handedly brought an end to the dark ages. He tried to bring everyone closer to the church and democratize the church.” And, Kennedy added with a knowing smile, “He was a quiet revolutionary.”

Source: Fog City Journal

Presidential Primary Election Calendar

4 Sep

Here is a complete calendar of primaries, caucuses, and party conventions for 2008. Dates subject to change.

January 2008

1/3 Iowa Presidential Caucuses

1/5 – Wyoming Presidential Caucus

1/8 District of Columbia Presidential Primary (Democratic) and Caucus (Republican)

1/8 New Hampshire Presidential Primaries

1/19 Nevada Presidential Primary (Republican) and Caucus (Democratic)

1/29 South Carolina Democratic Primary

Florida Presidential Primaries

February 2008

2/2 South Carolina Republican Primary

2/5 Alabama Presidential Primaries

Alaska Presidential Caucuses

Arizona Presidential Primary (Democratic) and Caucus (Republican)

Arkansas Presidential Primaries

California Presidential Primaries

Colorado Presidential Caucuses

Connecticut Presidential Primaries

Delaware Presidential Primaries

Georgia Presidential Primaries

Illinois Presidential Primaries

Kansas Presidential Caucuses

Michigan Presidential Primaries

Missouri Presidential Primaries

New Jersey Presidential Primaries

New Mexico Presidential Caucuses

New York Presidential Primaries

North Carolina Presidential Primaries

North Dakota Presidential Primaries

Oklahoma Presidential Primaries

Oregon Presidential Primaries

Rhode Island Presidential Primaries

Tennessee Presidential Primaries

Utah Presidential Primaries

2/9 Louisiana Presidential Primaries

Washington Presidential Caucuses

2/10 Maine Democratic Caucus

2/12 Maryland Presidential Primaries

Virginia Presidential Primaries

2/19 Wisconsin Presidential Primaries

2/26 Hawaii Democratic Caucus

March 2008

3/2 Hawaii Republican Caucus

3/4 Massachusetts Presidential Primaries

Minnesota Presidential Caucuses

Ohio Presidential Primaries

Pennsylvania Presidential Primaries

Texas Presidential Primaries

Vermont Presidential Primaries

3/11 Mississippi Presidential Primaries

3/21 Maine Republican Caucus

May 2008

5/6 Indiana Presidential Primaries

5/13 Nebraska Presidential Primaries

West Virginia Presidential Caucuses (Republicans will nominate at a state convention)

5/20 Kentucky Presidential Primaries

5/27 Idaho Presidential Primary (Republican) and Caucus (Democratic)

June 2008

6/3 South Dakota Presidential Primaries

Montana Presidential Primaries

August 2008

8/25-8/28 Democratic National Convention in Denver

September 2008

9/1-9/4 Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul

November 2008

11/4 Election Day

*For more information on the upcoming elections, to get registered to vote or to find your local polling place, click here.