John F. Kennedy.1

Nearly every American who is at least 57 remembers where they were and what they were doing when they heard President Kennedy was shot—as  it turned out assassinated—50 years ago, November 22, 1963, by Communist Lee Harvey Oswald.  As you reflect on the rhetoric and tactics of today’s Saul Alinsky radical Democrats, devour these few examples from the soaring patriotic rhetoric of America’s 35th President who was so committed to freedom and other God (never government) rights:

“We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom …”

“[T]he same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe ―the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.”

“We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans ―born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage ―and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

“This much we pledge ―and more.”

“[I]n the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

“Let [all nations] unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah ―to “undo the heavy burdens . . . (and) let the oppressed go free.”

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you ―ask what you can do for your country.

“My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

“Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

About Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson: a mature Christian who understands the sweep of history, the unique role of America and these times clearly and precisely.
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