Saturday, May 28, 2011


John Fitzgerald, "Jack," Kennedy would have turned 94 years old on Sunday, May 29th.

I sometimes wonder which of all his extraordinary insights he would consider most relevant now. About WikiLeaks, JFK might want us to remember "A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people."

And, on the subject of the Ryan plan, "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."

But, in light of the military expansionism in the half century following his demise, as President Kennedy has said, "Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind."

It's sobering to think not about how far we've come, but how far we have yet to go to realize his vision of the need for basic human dignity.