RFK, Jr. Declares ‘Independence’ from Tyranny of Two Party System
Oct. 9, 2023 (EIRNS)—Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. addressed a Philadelphia rally of perhaps 2,000 enthusiastic Democrats, Republicans and non-party Americans today and announced that he was declaring himself an independent candidate for President of the United States—leaving the Democratic Party through which his family became a national political dynasty, and in which he has been polling 20% or more of likely primary voters.
The impoverishment and even despair of so many Americans was the target and problem passionately delineated by Kennedy, who very seriously wants to solve it; of foreign policy, he spoke more sparingly in this address. He spoke often of his father’s compassion, to tears, for poor and forgotten Americans. He said: "Today, as corrupt powers have overtaken our government, the ranks of the dispossessed have swelled beyond indigenous and Black people to include tens of millions of Americans who live paycheck to paycheck in financial desperation. The dispossessed also include the legions of the chronically ill, the addicted, the depressed, and the 80% of the country that can no longer afford a normal middle-class lifestyle.
“A rising tide of discontent is swamping our country.
“There is danger in this discontent, yet there is also promise.
“The danger is that demagogues will hijack it toward fascism. Or, that our rulers will divert it onto an external enemy to start yet another war.
“But the biggest danger, which we’ve seen unfold in real-time, is that we will direct our discontent at each other.”
And again, the problem to be attacked: “The country is sitting atop a powder keg. Americans are enraged…”
The candidate said that he “[took] inspiration from the one President who did not have a party: George Washington.” Kennedy saw a “people fed up with being divided. They are ready to take back power.” He said that as an Independent President, he would be able to “seek peace instead of war,” and “rescue debtors rather than the banks during the next financial crisis,”,,, “Is it right, or left to pull back from the brink of hot war with Russia?”
In closing, Kennedy said: “Democracy does not come as a gift when oppressive authorities finally relent. Democracy comes when the people choose to exercise their power.”
Here is the transcript of RFK’s speech as prepared.
Diane Sare Issues Statement on the Historic Occasion of RFK, Jr.’s Independent Presidential Candidacy Announcement
Oct. 9, 2023 (EIRNS)—Statement issued today by Diane Sare, U.S. Senate candidate from New York: ‘A More Perfect Union’—The Opportunity of 2024
“The unity of government which constitutes you one people is now dear to you. It is justly so; for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad, of your safety, of your prosperity, of that very liberty which you so highly prize.” —George Washington, 1796 Farewell Address
The presidential election of 2024 will be one of the most consequential in American history. This is true, not only for the people of the United States, but for the people of the world whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed through the military adventures of a series of American rogue regimes, particularly since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, who was able to speak of peace with the Soviet Union, only months after the harrowing Cuban Missile Crisis in which all-out nuclear war was only narrowly averted.
Nuclear war was averted because both President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev were committed to averting it, and used unofficial channels to avoid it, including then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who would be, like his brother, assassinated.
Now, we are living (though many are not) through a war against the nuclear superpower Russia, using Ukraine as a proxy, with some lunatics in the Pentagon talking about a future war with China. Since we’ve destroyed the industrial and manufacturing base of our economy with the foolish “post-industrial” society, preceded by Nixon’s takedown of the Bretton Woods system by decoupling the dollar from gold (about which the much-slandered and eventually jailed Lyndon LaRouche warned at the time), we don’t have enough ammunition to keep the rapidly dwindling Ukrainian Army supplied, and are now sending cluster bombs, on medium-range missiles into Russia, perhaps trying to provoke President Putin into doing something desperate as Ukraine inevitably loses the war. The actions of Joe Biden, both as Vice President and now as President with regard to Ukraine, may lead us over the abyss to self-annihilation.
It is urgent that our nation change course, and return to the principles of our founding, as expressed in our 1776 Declaration of Independence, and our 1787 Constitution, both signed and ratified in the city of Philadelphia.
This is why, as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate from New York, I am overjoyed that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has chosen this location to declare his independence from the rotten two-party system about which outgoing President George Washington warned in his Farewell Address, quoted above.
The problem we face today is that the American people have been betrayed so many times, that they are leery of placing trust in anyone running for office, particularly as powerful an office as President of the United States. Look at Bernie Sanders and his despicable capitulation to Hillary Clinton, even after her emails showed that she was stealing the Democratic nomination from him. Is it any surprise that he now supports unlimited funding to Ukraine?
Debating about whether you trust a particular candidate will inevitably lead to disappointment because it’s the wrong question. We are in this mess because Americans have avoided the actual question: “Do you trust yourself?” Shakespeare got it right when Cassius says to Brutus, “The fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves that we are underlings.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has expressed a commitment to peace and a commitment to the general welfare of the American people. He has demonstrated courage in his willingness to stand for high office, in spite of the fate of his uncle and father. More importantly he has expressed a commitment to honor their legacy, as in his references to his uncle’s 1963 American University Speech. “Will he honor that commitment?” you ask.
I can’t answer that question, but I know what I am going to do to help him.
In order for our republic to become the paragon of peace and freedom in the world which our founders intended it to be, we the people must become a force for good in the world, and we must demand that our leaders uphold that tradition.
I fear that if Biden, or any DNC replacement for him becomes President, we are doomed. Why did Hillary Clinton call former presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard a “Russian asset?” Why did the DNC launch a phony Russiagate investigation against former President Donald Trump? To make it impossible for the United States and Russia to have collaborative relations with each other.
If the U.S.A., Russia, and China were on the same page, there would not be one military conflict on this planet that could not be resolved peacefully, including the horrific bloodbath now being unleashed in Southwest Asia.
As the late Lyndon LaRouche said poetically on his 90th birthday, “The Potty System is over.” Let us celebrate the end of division by electing leaders with the courage to step outside the broken axioms which have brought us to the brink of Armageddon.
Let us similarly put aside our fear of collaborating with nations whose people have different cultures, languages, and religions than our own. As far as we know, human life is limited to one small planet, so we should heed the words of our slain President John F. Kennedy, spoken at his inauguration, and join forces in “a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.”