Let Us Begin, Again
At noon on Friday January 20, 1961 John Fitzgerald Kennedy was sworn in, becoming the 35th President of the United States.
In a time of great global unrest, his inaugural address was a lofty vision of peace, of national responsibility and of global duty. He urged us all to “ask not,” and instead insisted that our best course was a commitment to the greater good. The speech also included the following words, now engraved at the Kennedy Memorial;
All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days.
Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days,
nor in the life of this Administration,
nor even perhaps
in our lifetime on this planet.
But, let us begin.
On November 22, 1963 – fifty years ago today, and just 1,036 days after uttering those towering words, President Kennedy was murdered in Dallas, Texas, struck down by an assassin’s bullets.
In the years that have followed, much has been written about the Presidency of JFK. We will never truly know where we would be as a nation, nor as a people, had President Kennedy not been taken from us.
Long cemented as a champion of civil rights, of the poor and the underrepresented, on this day let us pause to remember the contributions of a man whose soaring oratory launched us to the moon, and beyond.
But as we do so, let us look inward at our own, personal contributions to his vision of national greatness and humanity. Allow us to examine our national progress, and perhaps acknowledge that though we have made great gains, so too do we still have much to achieve if we are to truly realize a nation that holds human dignity dear.
In the words of Chief Justice Earl Warren;
“We can all be better Americans because John Fitzgerald Kennedy has passed our way.”
And so on this day, and with each that follows, let us begin, again.
– james | Founder | Chief Editor | The Everlasting GOP Stoppers
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