Wake Up Democrats!
I’m less worried about what happened to the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Ronald Reagan Republicans than I am about where the Kennedy Democrats went.
Where are the Democrats who cared more about the good of the nation than the purses and power of their party?
Help Them J.F.K. – They’ve Fallen and Can’t Get Up!
After you think on the words of the last true Democrat, echoed below, ask yourself — are the Democrats of today even remotely similar to the man who made the Russians blink?
Here’s a question for Democrats in general, and radical liberals in particular:
“Where are the real Democrats and what did you do with them?”
I believe that Ronald Reagan was the last ‘true’ Republican, but to find the last ‘true’ Democrat I have to go back to JFK. When I did, I saw something crazy — by today’s standards, JFK could have been a Republican.
As a matter of fact, JFK and Reagan would probably see eye-to-eye on more issues than not.
Reagan demanded that cold-war Germany ‘tear down that wall! They did.
JFK stood the Russians down and made them blink during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
They were both compassionate people but firmly believed in not asking what the country could do for you.
Here’s my logic in the form of a hypothetical.
Fact: JFK was a Democrat.
Hypothetical: “A young, charismatic Democrat almost a JFK clone, of whatever race you choose is considering a run for President.
- Does anyone believe that Bob would stand a chance of nomination, much less win the presidency in today’s charged environment of predatory media, divisive partisan politics, class warfare, tabloid news and single issue extremists?
- Bob is a Veteran.
- If you believe that the Trump Family’s earned wealth is a problem, you will immediately discount Bob as a spoiled, entitled, wealthy, womanizing, son of a mob-connected, bootlegging criminal.
- At least Jackie, a French descended aristocrat, did have a job, once, as a photographer. Outside of that, to say she was merely “privileged” would be a dramatic understatement. The price of one of her hats alone could have fed an Appalachian family for a year.
- How could she dare pretend to take ‘common people’ on a televised White-House tour while children were dying in the streets and we were facing what many considered, imminent Armageddon at the hands of the Russian Communists.
- The Kassidies frequently wintered with people known to be mob-connected and celebrity élite at their ‘compound’ in Cape Cod.
- They were actually called “America’s Royal Family” and their lives often equated to Camelot.
- Both of these privileged, Silver spoon babies were raised in isolation, on luxurious family estates, and attended the best private schools that their vast family wealth and power could buy.
- They should be discounted as completely unfit for their respective roles. How could they possibly have any concept of what it’s like to be “one of us.”
- On top of that, Bob is Catholic!
This generation grew up with reminders of the threat of nuclear annihilation in the Sunday papers, radio and television.
They were subjected to surprise “duck and cover” drills. These were a useless exercise in cowering under a school desk when the “Big One” hits, and they did it all without grief counselors.
Granted, there was that whole bay of pigs fiasco, but every President, on both sides, and in the center has his “Homer Simpson moments.” And he should have known to stop throwing lives at an enemy we would never conquer by ‘conventional’ [WWII style] warfare. (Viet-Nam)
The children of that (my) generation grew up fast. They were hammered daily with uncut, uncensored photographs of some of the cruelest and gory acts that could be imagined in magazines, newspapers, and on the living room television.
These images were fresh in their minds when their draft number came up in what they knew they were in a lottery for their life.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a person who could not be elected today, stared down the only other nuclear superpower on the planet, and made them blink.JFK also issued a challenge that rings true to this day, but which has since been echoed only in reverse.
JFK inspired a generation to be all that they can be, and to use their pride in being an American to reach for goals and dreams that others deemed impossible.
And he did it all on pain killers, while suffering from an extremely painful disease.
A disturbing number of today’s ‘gimmie’ generation believe that the country is here to ‘do for them’ and to some degree they are right.
Our country’s military exists to protect The People and their Constitution.
The government was intended to do for The People only, that which The People can’t do for themselves.
No part of the government, however, was ever intended to do for The People what The People can do, should do or won’t do for themselves.
Our founders left us a solid foundation upon which to build a free nation. What good, however, is a foundation of stone when the house is built of sand.
I’m actually with Mr. Obama when he says he wants to ‘rebuild’ America, just not the way he intends to do it, by ripping up a time-tested, proven solid foundation.
The only way to rebuild our nation is to return to that solid foundation, never losing sight of the final design, and what is going on today is not part of their master plan.
I don’t think today’s radical politicians have a vague concept of the elegant simplicity of the founder’s original plans. They have lost sight of the core values and qualities that make our foundation strong.
Our representatives need to do their sworn duty, to protect the Constitution, and stop looking for self-serving loopholes between the lines.
A few of our founders may have been scalawags, drunks and philanderers, but there is no argument that their visions and plans were honorable.
Their weakness, however, was in the naïve assumption that honorable men would follow in their footsteps.
Before you comment, read the words, vision and hope expressed by the last true Democrat. (In the Section Below)
After you have done so, ask yourself — are the Democrats of today even remotely similar to the man who made the Russians blink?
Please read, or re-read the words of the last real democrat below.
If you are inspired, you will work to help our nation regain the prosperity and respect that the founders envisioned.
If you are not inspired, then you have no soul.
The Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy
Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom — symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning—signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the 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, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
This much we pledge—and more.
To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.
To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.
To those peoples in the huts and villages across 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.
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.
But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course—both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind’s final war.
So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.
Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms—and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.
Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.
Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah—to “undo the heavy burdens … and to let the oppressed go free.”
And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.
All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.
Now the trumpet summons us again—not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are—but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”—a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?\
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
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 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.
And that’s the view from Egg Manor,
(aka The house of perpetual construction.)
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