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dave502d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 04:00 PM
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JFK Speech on Secret Societies and Freedom of the Press.
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Sinti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 04:06 PM
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1. K&R. Watch this video - it's old, but even more appropriate today
This is how a real leader views the Fourth Estate and the need for openness in government.
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Thoreau-Ly Donating Member (120 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 04:52 PM
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7. Losing JFK and RFK
Was, I think too many of us think, too tragic for this country to overcome. Though they still make us believe we can.

May the bastards that murdered them rot in hell.
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RufusEarl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 04:16 PM
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2. The older i get the wiser President Kennedy becomes !
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Thoreau-Ly Donating Member (120 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 04:50 PM
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6. Terrifically Put!
To me, his eloquence is literally stunning.

Our responsibility is not discharged by announcement of virtuous ends. Our responsibility is to achieve these objectives with social invention, with political skill, and executive vigor. I believe for these reasons that liberalism is our best and only hope in the world today. For the liberal society is a free society, and it is at the same time and for that reason a strong society. Its strength is drawn from the will of free people committed to great ends and peacefully striving to meet them. Only liberalism, in short, can repair our national power, restore our national purpose, and liberate our national energies.


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JAYJDF Donating Member (322 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 04:17 PM
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3. wow! Thank you so much. Besides being a great speech,
you gotta love how great a speaker he is. It's been a long time since I've listened to a president that could express what he feels and actually touch me with the words.
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Thoreau-Ly Donating Member (120 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 04:57 PM
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8. Yes, So Much of What He Said is Amazing
Listen to this Wikipedia entry about Robert, though, too.

The assassination of President Kennedy, which happened two days after Robert Kennedy's 38th birthday, was a brutal shock to the world, the whole nation, the Kennedy family, but especially to Robert. For the rest of his life, he never overcame the shock and personal grief of that day in 1963. Robert mourned John's death and the fact that so much of the Kennedy vision and promise was left tragically and ultimately unfulfilled.

During the days following the assassination, but just before the funeral, Kennedy wrote to his two eldest children, Kathleen, and Joseph II, telling them about the tragedy and to follow what their uncle started.

At the 1964 Democratic National Convention, Kennedy was due to give a speech prior to the showing of a memorial film dedicated to the late President. As Kennedy was introduced, tens of thousands of delegates, party workers, young members, observing journalists and others broke into thunderous applause and an outroar of support for the nervous and emotionally fragile Robert, standing at the podium. He broke down and began to cry. Despite repeated appeals by him and the chairman of the convention, the audience did not stop their display of support for Robert. The applause continued for about 22 minutes.

Robert Kennedy mustered enough strength to deliver the speech, but broke down into tears backstage. He would remain personally devastated for many months.


Too sad. Too sad.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 04:19 PM
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4. K&R
thanks for the link!
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 04:27 PM
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5. Beautiful speech...
but it really focuses more on government secrecy than any other kind.
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parasim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-09-06 05:05 PM
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9. Great speech, but...
I found the slide show accompanying it too distracting. I ended up just listening and not watching.

Thanks for the link, though, awesome speech and so apt for these times.
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