"Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." - JFK
This stirring call to action best remembers the King of Camelot. He inspired an entire generation of youth
to the call of public service. What noble intentions they had when entering into the hallowed halls of government duty. It
is sad that the premise was so flawed! The invocation needed to read: "Ask not what you can do for your country -- Ask what
we can do together to insure individual Liberty" . . .
How different our nation would be if Americans could understand the difference between these two calls to
action. By the diminished standards of today, it can be argued that Kennedy was more of a reactionary than many current day
Republicans. But let no one be misled, the propagandists of the ilk of Sargeant Shriver and Arthur Schlesinger Jr., designed
a legend that defied factual references. Jack was a socialist through to the core. Don't be offended that a hero to some was
really a predator with the charm of the tooth fairy. His open smile and quick wit, disguised the left hand that turned into
the social excess of the 'Great Society'. What a legacy for decades to come. Its failure is evident to any sane person. The
consequences of central planning and federal intrusion have allowed the multiple expansion of coercive government into every
facet of society. Just what is great about this kingdom?
The likes of a Stewart Udall and Abraham Ribicoff were certainly in the vanguard of a 'collectivist' revolution.
Who could forget good old Abe, taking up the George McGovern cause at the 1968 Chicago Democratic convention! But you
don't have to rely on the ideology of appointees to strip away the sentiment of the fair haired hero. He proclaimed proudly
to the NY Liberal Party on September 14, 1960:
"But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas
without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools,
their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions
that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."
Note the pompous self delusion when it came to rationalize the 'good intentions' of their cause. Couple this
with a willingness to micro manage public policy that established the federal programs that would reshape America society,
and we have the proof that for Kennedy, country really means - government. And what is a socialist, if not a 'public servant'
of the State?
And who can question that JFK's cold war interventionist credentials?
"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."
Read that again, 'our government', 'move ahead', 'liberal spirit of daring', the same old internationalist
tradition of Wilson and FDR is pure socialism . . . So why not call it for what it is, the surrender of the Republic to the
supremacy of the State. JFK surrounded himself with mad men like Robert McNamara and Dean Rusk, who's only allegiance was
to project the empire into world affairs. The notion that Communism in Southeast Asia was the greatest threat to domestic
tranquillity, when the comrades were devising similar programs down in foggy bottom, decries credulity.
So were we supposed to take JFK at his word when he proclaimed in his inaugural address that: "the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of
God." Or are we better served by reflecting upon the actual record that created the environment that allowed the
next deceiver to establish that Great Society?
The Peace Corp established little accord, but broke ground to instill a false duty to serve the State. His
failed attempts to introduce the Medicare approach of cradle to grave health, greased the skids for the dismay we now call
socialized medicine. Kennedy's civil rights bill was meant to right former wrongs, but as any credible historian will reluctantly
acknowledge, we are more divided today in culture and convictions, than back some forty years ago. The ideological polarization's
are clear to any student of current events. So why do we indulge in national denial about the real results and adverse consequences
of the 'New Frontier'?
The 'pretender emancipator', had no problem auctioning off the freedoms of the people to the overseers and
carpetbaggers of the federal bureaucracy. The Kennedy plantation was extended far outside the Hyannis compound. The rise of
the War on Poverty, has brought forth an even greater dependency. But this time, all American citizens are under the yoke
of a federal master.
The JFK government admiration society, ushered in the era of State/Capitalism that merges both big business
and big government into the same axis of public control. Individual rights became the ultimate causality of this socialism.
So how does the Liberal reconcile the inherent conflict in their programs with "the rights of man come not from
the generosity of the state"?
As we all know, consistency is seldom practiced while veneration for the federal crumbs are now a way of life.
Idealism as the virtue of self sacrifice in support of government policy is a sickness. Kennedy is revered for preaching contempt
for your own dignity. The illicit need to infuse a pathetic personal identity into the public persona, causes false heroes
to be honored. When they become martyrs, factual chronicles become a fantasy. Just like Camelot, a nice dream better left
for the theater.
SARTRE - January 30, 2002