Monday, July 7, 2008

Ask not

Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy - January 20th 1961:

"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country"

"...the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God..."

"To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required - not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. "

"Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belabouring those problems which divide us. "

And a year later, "Our present tax system exerts to heavy a drag on growth. It siphones out of the private economy too large a share of personal and business purchasing power. It reduces the financial incentives for personal effort, investment and risk-taking."

What happened to the Democrats of Camelot?

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