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“We know the statistics — that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.”

That was Senator Barack Obama in 2008.

“You know how you’re going to solve [gun violence]? Fathers in the home.”

That was Jeanne Ives, candidate for governor, at a forum yesterday.

This time, the audience booed and shouted.

Chris Kennedy walked off the stage and said, “When I hear such ignorance and stupidity aired out by someone who knows so little about so much, I don’t think there’s an appropriate place for them to be on a podium on a dais.”

Democrats and Republicans alike have been fighting unwed pregnancies for years, knowing the ultimate benefits include reduction in violent crime, earning what should be embraced as a bipartisan success. Mayor Emanuel last year proudly attributed a historic low in teen births to the city’s work and to Obamacare. The federal government, under Obama and long before, linked unwed births to crime.

Ives made her comments to a crowd she knew would be very hostile — mostly Democratic on Chicago’s west side. Over the jeers, she repeated what she believed: “Fathers in the home.”

Seeing that, Kennedy should have remembered something his own father said, instead of joining the jeering hypocrisy:

Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.

Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.


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IMO, This is a stunt by Chris. He should be insulted by RFK’s allies:

“By the 1964 presidential election, Moynihan was recognized as a political ally of Robert F. Kennedy. For this reason he was not favored by then-President Johnson, and he left the Johnson Administration in 1965”

Chris, please read that insulting Moynihan report from 1965.

Art on Lake County

The quote by Robert Kennedy shows he was playing at a much high level than his son. Thanks for that Mark.

Bill Baar

Fatherhood was a key theme for Obama. He’d make a speech on it every Father’s Day


Do Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker really believe that the tragic losses of their fathers at such a young age were not immensely mitigated by their privilege, a privilege that is unimaginable to upper middle class Americans, let alone poor Americans living in places like East St. Louis, Cairo, Peoria, Rockford, Blue Island, Harvey, Englewood, or Auburn-gresham.

Or would Kennedy like to speak of the modern issues surrounding his father’s slaying: immigration, anti-Israel terrorism and violence, and the such?


So Kennedy walked off the stage to prove he didn’t belong?