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Liberalism

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.

Oops, I Didn't Mean "Great Whore"

Hagee

I have misspoken many times in the past and I promise that I’ll do it again in the future because I’m not perfect. I do try to chose my words carefully, especially if I’m talking to someone who is recording me. It only makes sense. I have never called someone an idiot or pinhead or moron if I didn’t mean it (I try not to call anyone these names unless I’m joking. Name calling in a great way to get yourself in trouble).

So, when Pastor John Hagee called the Catholic church the “great whore,” it was clear what he meant. He arrived at this conclusion after a huge build-up. It isn’t like he just blurted out – “great whore.” No, instead, he lead up to the moment by speaking of the past sins of the Catholic church, suggesting that today’s church should be responsible for the sins of the past. Hagee started with the Inquisition and then talked about the Crusades. He then tied the Crusades to antisemitism and the hatred of the Jews. I have no idea what the Crusades have to do with antisemitism, but Hagee was on a roll. Hitler, according to Hagee, learned his hatred of the Jews through this Catholic teaching. Then he ended with the assertion that the Catholic church is the “great whore.”

Well, it looks like Pastor Hagee didn’t mean it. He was just playin’. All I can say is “yeah, right.” Hagee may not have liked the media focus or the public criticism but he meant to say exactly what he said. In order to add insult to injury, in my opinion, Hagee met with several Catholic leaders earlier and wrote a letter to William Donohue, President of the Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, apologizing for his inflammatory rhetoric. Donohue has accepted his apology.

Hagee needs to go back and read that Bible that he is carrying around. He needs to open his heart and his mind when he is reading. The Catholic church has had much to answer for, but so has all of mankind because we aren’t perfect. We all fail just has Hagee has failed now.