While I suspect most here do not sympathize with his politics, and more than a few have expressed their disdain for the Kennedy clan as a whole, I think it would be remiss not to mention the 50th anniversary of one of the more significant inaugural addresses of the 20th century.

There really wasn’t enough of a Kennedy administration to really assess what kind of President he was and could have been. There were certainly mistakes, perhaps none bigger than the Bay of Pigs invasion, which nearly and perhaps should have crippled his entire agenda. But like any great boxer, Kennedy picked himself up off the mat, shook off the cobwebs, and went right back at his opponents.

As magnificently he failed at the Bay of Pigs, his leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis a year and a half later kept our country out of mutually assured destruction in a nuclear war with the Soviet Union while not backing down to an enemies demands under duress.

His vision for the people of this nation to work for each other is something that many people today could stand to understand a little better. And the seminal line of the speech is something that I believe rings true today, and is something that everyone, Democrat or Republican, American or not, should consider:

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.


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