An impassioned John F. Kennedy realized the evil of tyrannical government and it’s entitlement bribe for the people of America. He encouraged all people to stop saying, “gimme,” or hiding their heads in the sand, and spoke into history perhaps the best inaugural address ever given.
We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom–symbolizing an end as well as a beginning–signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forbears prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago.
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe–the belief that the rights of man come 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. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans–born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage–and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
This much we pledge–and more…
In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.
Now the trumpet summons us again–not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need–not as a call to battle, though embattled we are– but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation”–a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself…
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility–I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
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.
Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.
I excerpt much of JFK’S speech as a reminder of the greatness of America, to the Me generation, Gen-X, Millennials, and those in between. This country was founded on the blood, honor, and net worth of 56 men who signed their own death warrants when they signed the Declaration of Independence, my ancestor, Roger Sherman (CT), included. They knew the cost of standing for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, and created a revolution.
Today, we see the same usurpations and even greater wrongdoing and criminal behavior by our national leadership than old King George III ever committed. Worse still, the bodies responsible for checking this unbalanced headlong dive into national socialism—both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court—have eschewed their main responsibility and their oaths of office, and joined in the bloodletting.
President Kennedy urged American citizens to participate in public service and “ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.”
I’m urging you to open your eyes to the evil and corruption around us and to do something about it. I’m urging you to pray, ask God for forgiveness, and to lead you in the direction of His choosing. I implore you to consider the words of our Declaration that describe when we should throw off this current government, and stand united, upholding our honored documents, and with others of like mind to take back this country, and turn her toward God and goodness once again!
The Declaration of Independence: A Transcription
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation…
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;…
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government…
Another famous quote from President Kennedy is most appropriate:
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL GOOD MEN TO COME TO THE AID OF THEIR COUNTRY.
We must stand united and throw off this government, and return to God and the foundation for this Constitutional Republic once again!
Please note: This is NOT a call for a Constitutional convention, as I believe that is the worst action for our country at this time. For further study on a Con-con, see Publius Huldah’s site.
WM. 12 July 2016