Kerry Kennedy's Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor on Liberalism and Her Father's Legacy

Despite Michael Blechman’s arguments (“Liberalism Isn’t What It Used to Be,” op-ed, June 21), the values that made my father a great leader resonate powerfully today. Robert Kennedy dedicated his life to principles like justice and civil rights and to healing the sharp divisions in our society. He believed in the force that comes from acting on these ideals, ripples of hope that he said could “sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

RFK truly cared about people, especially those marginalized or left behind; he listened to learn from them, he worked to give them control over their own lives. It was his empathy, his remarkable ability to intuit and champion all Americans’ needs that enabled him to bridge the divides and made him so important in the lives of so many.

Mr. Blechman has lost the point of my father’s message. Today, he would find RFK standing shoulder to shoulder with all those who shared his vision of our country. As he said: “Peace, justice and compassion toward those who suffer. That’s what the U.S. should stand for and that’s what I’ll do if I’m elected president of the U.S.”