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    Good new article at Kennedy and King about how Kennedy's ideas on Vietnam originated. And the author follows through on how they then dictated what Kennedy did in the White House. Compare that to what we have today. Yech.

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    WOW! @ 1951 Image of then Congressman John F. Kennedy within the informative piece. What a man of principle.

    What a man of peace ---->

    To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required–not because the communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

    To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge–to convert our good words into good deeds–in a new alliance for progress–to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.

    To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support–to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective–to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak–and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.

    Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.

    ...excerpted from President Kennedy's Inaugural Address (January 20, 1961)

    Bold words attributed to me for special emphasis upon the moral-visionary--well ahead of his time--as he sought to promote the well being of all of mankind on this blue & green planet. What a man of principle. What a man of peace.
    Last edited by Alan Ford; 05-14-2018 at 05:59 PM.


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