2011/01/02

President John F. Kennedy's immortal words about freedom

Long time ago, but hopefully never to be forgotten, a speech by the greatest President America ever had,
John F. Kennedy


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I have, therefore, chosen this time and place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds and the truth too rarely perceived. And that is the most important topic on earth: peace. What kind of peace do I mean and what kind of a peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, and the kind that enables men and nations to grow, and to hope, and build a better life for their children -- not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women, not merely peace in our time but peace in all time.
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With such a peace, there will still be quarrels and conflicting interests, as there are within families and nations. World peace, like community peace, does not require that each man love his neighbor, it requires only that they live together in mutual tolerance, submitting their disputes to a just and peaceful settlement.
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So let us not be blind to our differences, but let us also direct attention to our common interests and the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's futures. And we are all mortal.


To hear and read the whole speech:
http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jfkamericanuniversityaddress.html

3 comments:

  1. The plutocracy that has long controlled America could not allow a man spouting such heresies to occupy the Oval Office for long.

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  2. Shmoo: it's obvious, sad but true!

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