November 22, 2010 marked the 47th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. For most Americans the Kennedy repertoire consists of the following grainy film clips:
Ask not what your country can do for you.....
We choose to go to the moon and do the other things....
Happy Birthday Mr. President (sung by Marilyn Monroe)
The Cuban Missle Crisis
What is often omitted is Kennedy's status as an anti-communist and disciplined Cold Warrior. The world in the early 1960's was as dangerous a place as it is today. The Soviet union was flexing its muscle in the Middle East, Africa and Cuba.
The Berlin Wall went up. China was supporting communist movements in Southeast Asia. Communism was on the march.
In his Inaugeral Address Kennedy said the famous words "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." All well and good and possibly a sop to the New Left progressive elements just beginning to
coalesce around the country.
What is almost forgotten is Kennedy's challenge to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev that the United States would "pay any price, bear any burden" to defend freedom around the world.
What has happened in the last 47 years? The United States has gone from an unapologetic "can do" nation that won World War II to a "can't" or "won't" politically correct paper tiger that confronts it's enemies with an invitation to a chat.
In just the last two years the following has happened:
Our currency is being systematically devalued and the Fed is churning out almost worthless money.
Our deficit and debt have become unsustainable
Our Fraudinator-in-Chief travels the world bowing to dictators, apologizing for our imagined past sins, our military strength, our economic engine.
Islamic terror has come home in the form of 4 attacks on U.S. soil, after a post-9/11 eight year absence during the Bush administration.
Islamists and their liberal enablers want to build a mosque at Ground Zero....Obama supports it....fortunately the vast majority of Americans do not.
Americans are now subjected to "unreasonable search and siezure" at our airports. We refuse to acknowledge that the real problem is Muslims and won't profile as Israel does.
Europe is going down the drain financially -- Greece has been bailed out...Ireland and Portugal are next....Union-provoked riots in France over the 2 year work extension....Union-provoked riots in England over the austerity programs
N. Korea is attacking S. Korea -- in March of 2010 it sank a S. Korean destroyer -- most recently it launched an artillery attack on a civilian-inhabited island.
China is building up it's navy with eyes on a possible siezure of Taiwan in the next few years. (Yes, they still want it back). We are cutting our military capability and paying off unions with the money.
The question is what is L'il Barry going to do about it? The answer: nothing....not because he isn't capable. He doesn't want to. In fact, he will take steps to enable the multiple crises.
Most recently, he blew the free trade deal (three years in the works) with S. Korea because the unions didn't have their piece of the pie.
L'il Barry hates us. His whole administration is about payback for the "sins of white colonialism".
As such, L'il Barry will leave us bare and exposed before being booted out of office by the voters, or before one of the few sane Democrats remaining does the
"Goldwater" walk and tells our Commie/Muslim Sympathizer in the White House to resign, take his money and move home to Kenya.....or Indonesia.....or wherever his boyhood home is/was. (We just can't keep track of all the relatives and convoluted family tree limbs)
From Warren Kozack....read how it was then and how it is now.
Remembering JFK in an Age of Terror
He offered no apology for our strength, declaring we have both the 'will and weapons' to defend freedom. NOVEMBER 22, 2010
By WARREN KOZAK
For many Americans over the age of 55, Nov. 22 rarely passes without a wistful sense of sadness and the thought: What if? But today, 47 years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the initial feeling of shock and disbelief has long since been replaced by the sense that the world took a very bad turn on that day in 1963-one that we have never quite been able to correct.
An obscure tape clip has recently surfaced on YouTube that offers no better proof of this redirection. It's almost as if a voice from our past has come back to guide us through the most serious national security threat we face today.
The date is Sept. 25, 1961. Kennedy is standing in front of the United Nations General Assembly. And we hear a president of the United States assert a direct and unapologetic definition of who we are as Americans as he offers a response to, of all things, terrorism. The tape clip has a grainy quality, but the words are timeless:
"Terror is not a new weapon. Throughout history, it has been used by those who could not prevail either by persuasion or example. But inevitably, they fail either because men are not afraid to die for a life worth living, or because the terrorists themselves came to realize that free men cannot be frightened by threats and that aggression would meet its own response. And it is in the light of that history that every nation today should know; be he friend or foe, that the United States has both the will and the weapons to join free men in standing up to their responsibilities."
"Free men standing up to their responsibilities"-there is a lasting quality in those seven words that harks back to who we are as a people, to our War of Independence and our frontier days. It describes 18-year-old Marines on Pacific islands and in Afghanistan today. And it carries even more weight because this president, 18 years earlier, had almost lost his own life as a Navy officer on a patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, during World War II. He served his country in war despite his privileged background because, like most men of his generation, he believed in freedom and standing up to aggression. In other words, he took responsibility.
"The United States has both the will and the weapons." No apology for our strength. No apology for our past. No apology for who we are, and yet the world still admires him.
Because of the location of the speech-the U.N.-the tape clip seems to emerge from some parallel universe when one considers the bitter irony of everything that followed Kennedy at that same podium.
Only 13 years later, the General Assembly would treat Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat to a wild and sustained ovation as that chief inventor of modern terror compared himself to the men who founded America. Thanks to an alliance of the Soviet bloc, the nonaligned nations and the Arab world, Arafat was accorded the honors of a head of state on Nov. 13, 1974. This occurred a mere 25 months after the Olympic massacre in Munich by the Black September Palestinian terrorists, and barely five months after the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine slaughtered 22 Jewish high-school students in Ma'alot, Israel.
Since that day in 1974, the General Assembly has watched a parade of dictators, thugs and killers, including, this fall, the Iranian who stole an election and has repeatedly threatened Israel with nuclear annihilation. They are welcomed to spout their bile.
Take a measure. On one hand, you have Yasser Arafat, Idi Amin, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Moammar Gadhafi, Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro, Robert Mugabe. On the other hand, you have Kennedy. There is a terrible imbalance when one weighs the U.N.'s roster over the last half century.
The final terrible irony is the young president's own murder in 1963 by a communist wannabe. His brother, Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated five years later in the first act of Arab terrorism on U.S. soil. Palestinian-born Sirhan Sirhan shot him at close range after he won the hugely important California presidential primary in 1968. That act of terror subverted our electoral process and changed our history, all because of Robert Kennedy's support of Israel.
Those words spoken by our 35th president are not part of the usual JFK repertoire-like his inaugural address or his Oval Office speeches. But they may be more significant because of where we find ourselves today. His message serves as a beacon-because we hunger for this clear and bold direction since our present leaders seem to lack the will that Kennedy projects. So we lean on our past to find the courage we require today: A president standing alone, a man meeting his responsibilities.
Mr. Kozak is the author of "LeMay: The Life and Wars of General Curtis LeMay" (Regnery, 2009).