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I saw this on the Daily Kos yesterday. It was too good for me not to republish.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Other than references to then-contemporary politicians and election dates, this JFK speech is just as relevant today as it was in 1960.

A snippet:

I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas. It is, I believe, the faith in our fellow citizens as individuals and as people that lies at the heart of the liberal faith. For liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man’s ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.I believe also in the United States of America, in the promise that it contains and has contained throughout our history of producing a society so abundant and creative and so free and responsible that it cannot only fulfill the aspirations of its citizens, but serve equally well as a beacon for all mankind. I do not believe in a superstate. I see no magic in tax dollars which are sent to Washington and then returned. I abhor the waste and incompetence of large-scale federal bureaucracies in this administration as well as in others. I do not favor state compulsion when voluntary individual effort can do the job and do it well. But I believe in a government which acts, which exercises its full powers and full responsibilities. Government is an art and a precious obligation; and when it has a job to do, I believe it should do it. And this requires not only great ends but that we propose concrete means of achieving them.

Our responsibility is not discharged by announcement of virtuous ends. Our responsibility is to achieve these objectives with social invention, with political skill, and executive vigor. I believe for these reasons that liberalism is our best and only hope in the world today. For the liberal society is a free society, and it is at the same time and for that reason a strong society. Its strength is drawn from the will of free people committed to great ends and peacefully striving to meet them. Only liberalism, in short, can repair our national power, restore our national purpose, and liberate our national energies. And the only basic issue in the 1960 campaign is whether our government will fall in a conservative rut and die there, or whether we will move ahead in the liberal spirit of daring, of breaking new ground, of doing in our generation what Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman and Adlai Stevenson did in their time of influence and responsibility.

Love, poverty and money

The world we live in is so crazy and unpredictable. You really truly never know what’s going happen next. A couple of weeks ago, my sister told me that I needed to follow MC Hammer on twitter. Being a great brother, I signed up to follow the star rapper. I hved been on and off of twitter several times today. Most of the tweets I was reading had to do with the massive protests that continue in Wisconsin. I even helped Karoli trace some of the funding of a Right-wing group who is trying to sabotage union workers. A couple hours later, I got back to twitter and found this tweet from MC Hammer –

Improve the quality of your life !!! Listen to Jessica Jackley !!! .. Amazing Woman !!! #Seeherface http://j.mp/hSYvA3

So, I followed the link to an amazing video. I don’t know who started TED. But whoever started it is a true genius. Jessica Jackley seems to be the kind of person we all want to be, someone who loves and cares for and about their fellow man. She has separated herself from us by doing more than simply caring. She’s done something to help our fellow men/women. Please watch this amazing video.