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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    It was 50 years ago tomorrow (Nov 22d) that JFK was assassinated in Dallas. It truly was one of those moments that will forever be a line in the sands of US History- before and after moments. Kennedy's legacy is pretty mixed- he was no saint and in many ways was not particularly effective in getting his programs enacted. And yet- every time I listen or read his his inaugural speech, I am truly moved- he describes an America as I would like to see it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLmiOEk59n8

    Some of the more memorable lines from that speech:
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Talk is cheap (unless you're voting). I'll agree Kennedy's speeches motivated people. I think, though, the thoughts were often (but not always) misguided. The Kennedy's are a family that has captured New England. Why, I will never know.
     
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    I won't comment on the politics, but certainly portions of his speeches were quite inspiring and moving. We recently had a thread about the Gettysburg address and I remember commenting that I had to memorize it for the hundredth anniversary. I had to memorize portions of Kennedy's inaugural as well and was well served in doing so. Like Lincoln a hundred years earlier, he died at the perfect time and in the perfect way to be well remembered.
     
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    It must have been very sad for the country. Aside from the politics or tabloids, Kennedy showed amazing leadership and made great decisions during the Cuban Missile Crisis. I always wonder what any other man or woman would have done during those days of October in his position. I sometimes wonder where the world would be today.
     
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    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Hopefully not abandon people during the Bay of Pigs?
     
  6. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    The concluding paragraph of the last speech that he was scheduled to give in Dallas is again pretty moving:
    Psalm 127
     

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