Thanks to Hillary for Harriet Tubman quote: “keep going”

I got to Washington from my Hawaii experience in the summer of 1992, and I remained there through 1993, the first year the Clinton couple came.  I am afraid I have never liked the Clinton couple much, for a mixture of objective and subjective reasons. I also think Mrs Clinton’s bid for the Presidency may have been constitutionally barred by the 22nd Amendment as she has been married to a two-term President and may have been considered the same legal person by the authors of the 22nd Amendment.   (Suppose Barack Obama becomes a two-term President; can his wife then run on her own and have him campaign for her?  Before his term ends or even after?)

But I did hear Mrs Clinton’s speech at the Denver convention the other day, and I was grateful to hear her quote the fine words of Harriet Tubman about slaves running to freedom:

“If you hear the dogs, keep going.
If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.
If they’re shouting after you, keep going.
Don’t ever stop. Keep going.
If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.”

Harriet Tubman (c. 1820-1913)

That is indeed what the individual must do in face of all tyrannies: keep going.

Subroto Roy

Postscript:  February 10 2009.  I think Mrs Clinton has been very sporting  since her loss to Barack Obama , and that she may become as good a foreign minister for the United States as there has been.  Hence the cancellation of the sentence above.


3 Responses to “Thanks to Hillary for Harriet Tubman quote: “keep going””

  1. Michael - Washington, DC. Says:

    Mrs Clinton still remains a leader!

  2. lola Says:

    Harriet Tubman was a good woman.

  3. Shirley E. Oglesby Smith Johnson Says:

    Harriet Tubman was more than a regular person. In the face of adversity she kept going until she freed herself, her family, and the community. Then she turned around and freed people all over the world. She is arguably the bravest, most courageous and faithful woman on earth. She deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for her work here in this country. Not enough has been done to celebrate her great life.
    Kansas City, Missouri celebrates her life and a program in her honor on March 10, 2012 beginning at 10:00AM. Please come out the entire United States and the world of people are invited. It will be a wonderful affair.

    For information visit: or write Shirley E. Johnson at for further information. Also, we the committee wants you to participate.

    Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center; 816. 513. 0700; Mr. Barnes, Director; 3200 Blue Parkway; Kansas City, Missouri

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