I was not even 2 when President Kennedy was assassinated, so I have no real first hand knowledge of his Presidency. What I do know is, that he authored the best quote of any American President "Ask not what your country can do for you; instead, ask what you can do for your country". I do not believe President Kennedy was speaking of the government; he was speaking of the country. America is not the House of Representatives, Senate, President, and Supreme Court, America is the people, culture, and environment. America is the neighborhoods that weave through this amazing land, the songs that are heard as the wind whips through the prairie of the plains and down the mountain slopes of the Rockies. Our country is the heart and soul of the people of everywhere else, mingled in a melting pot called America.
I do not believe President Kennedy would appreciate what America has become, politicians from all sides trying to win elections by fear and lies, appealing to the basest instincts of us all; and we the people go for it, we are as corrupt a nation as of any the politicos. Rather than who would best serve, we vote for who would best serve us, so we vote for whoever panders the best and promises the most.
I believe the commemoration of President Kennedy's murder gives us an opportunity to pause, as a great nation; reflect on who we are, and where we are going. Our future is not as bright presently as it was in our parents' generation, but it is not too late to correct and improve our vista. If we as individuals, take stock of ourselves and shed the shackles of greed and dependence, and renew the spirit of America's past, when the people banded together to fight the Great Depression first, then 2 great Evils in Germany and Japan. Make no mistake about it -America saved the world from Fascism in the 1940s and from Communism in the 1980s. We can save the world again from Islamo-Fascism, moral depravity, and Economic disaster, simply by practicing the words of President Kennedy. "Ask not what your country can do for you, instead, ask what you can do for your country".
by Christopher O'Hare