Tuesday, November 22, 2005

What Kennedy would have said

On this, the 32nd anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, I quote prophetic paragraph from the remarks that Kennedy was about to deliver--but never got the chance.

...This link between leadership and learning is not only essential at the community level. It is even more indispensable in world affairs. Ignorance and misinformation can handicap the progress of a city or a company, but they can, if allowed to prevail in foreign policy, handicap this country's security. In a world of complex and continuing problems, in a world full of frustrations and irritations, America's leadership must be guided by the lights of learning and reason or else those who confuse rhetoric with reality and the plausible with the possible will gain the popular ascendancy with their seemingly swift and simple solutions to every world problem."

Truer and more prophetic words were never spoken. I hope Stone's JFK is going to be on TV tomorrow. The final speech before the Warren commission brings tears to my eyes every single time I watch it.

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