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The Hope and Promise of morning smiles~~so soon turned tears~~on a sad afternoon~~now 50 years~~
~~Requiescat In Pace~~
~~It is a most base impertinence to ever hazard how Lady History will remember any men of the present day~that said~I hazard that of the American Presidents of my century and our small part of the new century~who will be remembered at all by Lady History in Her books later written~touching on our yet still infant nation~are~Teddy Roosevelt, Frank Roosevelt, Jack Kennedy and Ronald Reagan~on this Friday, November 22nd, 2013~those of us who were alive and old enough to be past the age of reason and capable of understanding the concept of death~a terrible Rubicon began to be crossed in Dallas that marked~what~by now~in full crossing~of that forbidden river~fully so~the end of America’s Age of Innocence and of her people’s admiration, respect for and trust in~American Presidents~as with others~I offer my brief, personal, memory of Jack Kennedy today~50 years long now on past his murder~on that other Friday~November 22, 1963~
on Friday morning, November 22, 1963.
[Photo Credit: Rob Hinnant]
~~Leaving Fort Worth to head to Dallas~~and sad destiny~~
[Photo Credit: Rob Hinnant and JFKTribute.com]
~~From the blue skies of Texas to the far space of heaven~~
~~~The death of John F. Kennedy plunged the nation into an unprecedented period of grief and mourning that one would have to have been of reasonable age to fully appreciate~~~
John Fitzgerald ”Jack“ Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)
IN ONE WORD: Intellectual~~
Most unlike Senator Lloyd Millard Bentsen, Jr., I actually did know Jack.
When he was a Senator in city, I was already irremediably deep in the “swim” of Washington. I liked Jack very much. He was kind to take the time to be friendly and talkative to a boy far too young to ever be able to vote for him~~and a boy from a family so blatantly, and actively, on the other side of the political ball field from his own.
He was very interested in ideas.
We spoke about the Russian invasion of Hungary in 1956 and how outraged~~at age 4~~I’d been that the Americans left the Hungarian freedom fighters hanging. Jack said he agreed that we encouraged the uprising and then abandoned the fighters.
Politics is a very peculiar sport.
Jack was sold to the public as a too pretty to believe paragon of virility, home and hearth. He in fact was very frail and sickly throughout all his life~~and in great pain.
He was terribly shy and was forced to stand for politics only following the death at war of his older brother.
He was socially hesitant~~his money was so new and so audaciously acquired that I always felt, while watching him, that he was starring in his own home movie of Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme~~trying too very hard to guess how rich people behave.
I admired his mind and his intellectual curiosity.
I think he is the only truly intellectually curious President I’ve known or ever read about, save, perhaps, our Mr Jefferson~~about whom Jack and I spoke more than once~~and for whom there was, for both of us, great admiration.~~~
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~~Waiting to formally introduce himself to the Americans~~and to the world~~on that frigid morning~~
Jack was very young~~and largely unknown to the Americans who had entrusted him with the highest political office in the land~~as a consequence~~he and his men realized that it was imperative for him to give a startlingly good speech.
The Kennedy’s employed very good writers~~first-tier men~~and they made for Jack~~an exceptional speech and he made~~an equally exceptional~~and~~memorable delivery~~to my mind~~no other President of our time has given a speech from which anyone can remember a single word~~Jack delivered what we used to call~~a barn burner~~very impressive~~very impressive~~and whole sentences of it are embedded in the collective memory bank of the Americans~~~
And~~the word went forth~~to friend and foe alike~~
~~The principal need in America is the promotion of the possibility for the average man to get and keep a good job with good benefits paid by the employer~~as was done not very long ago.~~
~~Bene Nati, Bene Vestiti, Et Mediocriter Docti~~
~~La crema y nata~~
~~Artista de la conquista~~
~~In sunshine and in shadow~~I hold tight to the Republican view of time and money~~I write night and day~~yet~~while impecunious~~I am vastly overpaid~~in that taking pay to do what I love is unfair~~to my employer~~in a fair system~~under such circumstances~~I should pay him~~not he me~~I am far, far too old a man to be sexually confused~~praise Jesus~~but I am yet young enough to be politically confused~~is anyone not~~in an absolute sense~~I am a Catholic Royalist~~in a practical sense~~I am a Classical Liberal~~a Gaullist~~a Bonapartist~~an American Nationalist Republican~~in either sense~~my head is soon for the chopping block~~to hasten my interlude with Madame La Guillotine~~I write without fear of any man~~
Rejoice and Glad!!
~~The Original Angry Bird~~The Catholic University of America Screaming Red Cardinal Mascot~~
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