November 22, 1963

The death of the American dream? How different would today's world be had Jack, and later, his brother, not been murdered?


AliKat said...

What a huge loss to this country. Thank you for reminding me that this day is something other than the day the Xbox360 comes out!

Pamela said...

He was such a great charismatic character, but the cynical side of me wonders if we would idolize him so much today if he weren't murdered. His approval ratings had dropped just before the trip, there was a scandel brewing... speaking as a native of Dallas I know I shouldn't bring this up, but its a lot easier to be a Great Man if you die young - less of a chance to screw up, more time for people to tell stories about you. Respect for the dead can be a great PR move.

Im sorry, I didn't mean for this to be so abysmally cynical. His death did take a great toll on this country, we lost a lot of our innocence that day. I wonder why this didn't make the news?

Ithiel said...

my guess? the war. not in any cynical 'the-liberal-media-highlights-the-bad-aspects-of -the-war-on-terror-for-their-own-nefarious-ways kind of way, though. Also, editors are stupid. this whole damn country should go take an american history course at the local metropolitan college. seriously.

1031 said...

I still want to know how one declares war on a noun.

Anonymous said...

“…..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, their civil liberties.. if that is what they mean by a “liberal” then I am proud to be a liberal."

--John F. Kennedy

The God of Hellfire

1031 said...


Ithiel said...

I think it could be argued that the things JFK was saying in Jason's post are mutual goals i.e. public health, housing, education etc, etc. (I certainly consider them important)

I think the differences come in how to go about meeting those goals.

parting shot: did we not declare war on Germany and Japan in '41 (both places i.e. nouns)?


1031 said...

Those are tangible places that you can visit (or bomb). "Terror" is an abstract idea. You cannot go there. There are not people who claim it as a homeland. It's like declaring a war on dreams.