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June 05, 2013

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Jeff Wice

Not a day goes by when I don't think of Senator Kennedy. He set the standard. I was privileged to have been the only high schooler to join NY Students For Kennedy to join the campaign in the Indiana Primary. It was a unique thrill.

Perhaps I can convey my thoughts on this sad anniversary with one of the Senator's finest quotes:

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
― Robert F. Kennedy

Anne Dunn

I have always believed that the Kennedys created a sense of the ability to make effective changes -- I think political scientists call it efficacy. I credit that sense of efficacy for the legislative improvements in the late 60s and early 70s. I was speaking just last week with former Speaker Bubba Henry (elected to the House in 1968) who led Louisiana's Young Turks in achieving a great deal of legislative change, and he stressed the Turks' attitude of assurance that they could make a difference.

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