Those words are famously associated with Robert Francis Kennedy and were repeated by Edward  M. Kennedy for his eulogy of his brother.

In actuality the entire EMK quote goes like this

Some men see things as they are and say why? I dream things that never were and say why not?

which paraphrases Bobby’s words

There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?

which in turn

…paraphrases a line delivered by the Serpent in Shaw’s play Back To Methuselah : “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?


I was reminded of the Bobby Kennedy quote this afternoon after reading two news stories. The first was a follow up to the tale of Paul Ryan virtually forcing his way into a photo op at a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio last week where the patrons were already gone and the place cleaned but Paul and his wife washed pots and pans needlessly while cameras clicked.

That has resulted in backlash for the Romney/Ryan campaign but unfortunately also for the soup kitchen as related here. The essence is that nasty comments have come the kitchen’s way and donations are down. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/18/soup-kitchen-paul-ryan-photo-donor_n_1980541.html

Upon reading I determined to make a small donation myself. Preferring to do so on line and not finding a web site I was certain where any gift of mine would be properly directed, I called a number for the St. Vincent DePaul Society in Youngstown and spoke with Brian Antal, the director, himself. He assured me the group’s Facebook page would be equipped to accept PayPal within a few days at most.

Then, also in HuffPo, there was an article about Shane Bauer, the American hiker imprisoned in Iran for a time as an accused spy. It referenced a piece by Bauer in Mother Jones in which he compared the conditions he endured to the ones extant in many American prisons. Guess what? We win! U-S-A, U-S-A. We mistreat our prisoners worse than the Iranians mistreat theirs. Another victory for American ingenuity and industriousness!

After posting both of these stories on my Facebook wall, with my appropriately cynical brief commentary, I had a sudden revelation. These stories are related as are the “47%”, OWS, class warfare, wealth disparity and redistribution, joblessness, food stamps, and other domestic issues that truly dramatize and crystalize the differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for the election which is now less than three weeks hence.

For Romney looks at these issues and either does not believe they exist or else misapplies blame to the sufferers themselves or to the government, never pausing to consider just how much the craven greed he has exhibited most of his adult life results in these conditions and circumstances that detract from the welfare of the United States as a whole.

No amount of tithing and other gifts to the Mormon Church (not bad in and of themselves) can offset the detructive elements of the lifestyle he has chosen, not represented by numerous houses, multiple Cadillacs, and $70,000 deductions for a horse, but by the desire for fame and wealth above all that make him happy.

His greatest service is not to his family or church but to wealth  and woe be he who has proven incapable of achieving similar wealth or at least independence from the vicissitudes of victimship and reliance on the arrival of the federal check the first of each month.

Now these last three paragraphs are about Romney and do not act as a complete exemption of Obama from any of his failures to properly protect the various constituencies who believed he had their back when he campaigned in 2008. For all the Hope and Change he promised there has too often been little hope and less change in the delivery of his programs. (Which reminds me of an old old joke. “I went to a hotel for a change and a rest. The bellboy got my change.The hotel got the rest.”)

Ironically many of these failures are not manifest in all the petty and farcical attacks on him assaulting our senses of sight and hearing and challenging our capacity for reading comprehension that are evident in right wing TV and radio and their blogosphere, which makes my feeble attempts at truth here resemble the recitation of Mary Had a Little Lamb compared to their constant reading of the Grimm Fairy Tales in a cackling voice designed to render the kiddies scared shitless.

Most of us think of Red State/Blue State solely in terms of presidential elections. Yet other consistencies among each grouping provide a stark picture at their differences beyond voting patterns. This article examines some of these differences between red and blue states and draws the conclusion that the citizens of the latter are ultimately healthier, wealthier and happier than their counterparts.  http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/magazine/108185/blue-states-are-scandinavia-red-states-are-guatemala?page=0%2C0

An abundance of statistical evidence to support this conclusion is offered. My caveat is that I have not personally factchecked the assertions or sources though I am familiar with, and confirm the findings, of some of them based on prior research. But before jumping on the bandwagon for this material and touting it to your opponents, please either do the fact check yourself or repeat this caveat.

What the writer is concerned about is that, should Romney win the race, the governments of the red states will have their narrow-minded notions of social and human justice validated by Romney’s tendency to facilitate even more narrow-minded notions of social and human justice.

Returning to my theme.

I see wealth valued above human dignity

I see imprisonment valued above changing the conditions that lead to it.

I see wealth disparity prevalent and seemingly valued above leveling the playing field.

I see material things and faux charitable efforts valued above truly recognizing the less fortunate and providing them every opportunity for self-sufficiency.

I see global conflicts in which force is valued above diplomacy.

I see ancient biblical texts and ideals of decency valued above the reality that there are good loving people who are no less decent than those who would keep them apart.

I see the exploitation for profit of our home, the Earth, valued above the desire to prevent its despoilation.

I dream of a time when our values change and these eyesores are removed.

I have some expectations that Obama will advance my dream.

I have all expectations that Romney will convert my dream into a nightmare.

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