A quotation in a post by Mark Cuban led me to reminisce about how it was to have a president whom most Americans respected and many revered. It is one of my favorite sayings by John F. Kennedy:
“We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For 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.”
President Bush might be coached to sincerely speak those words today, but all one hears is the hollow echo of an administration that is afraid of its people.
But when President Kennedy said them in 1962, one believed them, and was lifted by the spirit of a country that was at once powerful and loved in the world.
Oh, Johnny, what have we squandered…