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Should Listen To JFK
Kerry's no John Kennedy...
[Gary M. Galles] 3/23/04
has gotten a great deal of mileage out of the initials he shares
with John F. Kennedy. Given Kennedy's status as a Democratic
Party icon, co-opting some of that imagery of youth and dynamism
certainly improves his appeal. But unfortunately, the distance
between Kennedy's positions and those Kerry has taken short-circuits
any ride on Kennedy's coattails.
trying to benefit from the aura of an earlier era,
today's JFK could benefit from actually considering some of
the valuable things JFK had to say.
This Nation was founded...on the principle that all men are
created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished
when the rights of one man are threatened.
Every American ought to have the right to be treated...as one
would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be
...the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought
are still at issue around the globe...the belief that the rights
of men are 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.
I believe in...human liberty as the source of national action.
We stand for freedom. That is our conviction for ourselves;
that is our only commitment to others.
Every time that we try to lift a problem from our own shoulders,
and shift that problem to the hands of government, to the same
extent we are sacrificing the liberties of our people.
The best road to progress is freedom's road.
We in this country...[are] the watchmen on the walls of world
...we will not negotiate freedom.
The cost of freedom is always high, but American's have always
If men and women are in chains, anywhere in the world, then
freedom is endangered everywhere.
The wave of the future is...liberation of the diverse energies
of free nations and free men.
Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only
prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation
of freedom as the basic purpose of their daily lives and who
are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.
Let every nation know...that we shall pay any price, bear any
burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe,
to assure the survival and success of liberty.
It is a paradoxical truth that tax rates are too high today
and tax revenues are too low and the soundest way to raise revenues
in the long run is to cut rates now...only full employment can
balance the budget and tax reductions can pave the way to full
employment. The purpose of cutting taxes is not to incur a budget
deficit, but to achieve a more prosperous, expanding economy...
...the current tax system exacts too heavy a drag on growth,
reduces the financial incentives for personal effort, investment
An economy hampered by restrictive tax rates will never produce
enough revenue to balance the budget, just as it will never produce
...tax reduction and tax reform overshadows all other domestic
issues in this Congress.
Though John Kerry would like it otherwise, Dan Quayle is not
the only politician who is no John Kennedy. In his campaign,
he has come closer to Kennedy's description of “dissident
voices...expressing opposition without alternatives, finding
fault but never favor, perceiving gloom on every side, and
seeking influence without responsibility.” And he has
been a world apart from JFK's admonishment to "not seek the
Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer.” CRO
2004 Gary M. Galles