In the spring of 1994 I decided not to seek reelection to the Senate. I had made the decision 12 years earlier Christmas Day of 1982 just after I had been first elected to a full term that I would do the best I could for a limited time.
I really owe everything to my parents and their devotion and drive to see to it that their children had the education which led to the opportunities that they never were able to have.
The result was of course that today tragically more than 40 million Americans don’t have health insurance and for many not having health insurance means they don’t have access to good health care.
I had been involved in U.S. intelligence in Berlin Germany while in the military and had worked with a contact with the Central Intelligence Agency office there.
In every society in human history including the United States those in power seek to imbue themselves with the attributes of religion and patriotism as a way of getting greater support for their policy and insulating themselves from any criticism.
As they say one thing led to another and ultimately the British and Irish governments asked me to serve as chairman of the peace negotiations which ironically began six years ago this week.
I spent two years in the Army. And my older brother who was also a great positive influence on me encouraged me to think about law school and I said – well I didn’t have any money.
So I developed very early a massive inferiority complex and I’ve told the story often about how that inspired me later in life to get involved in other things because I couldn’t out-do my brothers in sports and it’s a very competitive relationship.
I had a great interest in sports. I had three older brothers who were great athletes. I was not.
When I went to college my goal was to be a college history teacher. I majored in history.