Monday, November 25, 2013

My President Kennedy Memorial.

I wish he'd lived  and done a second term , but its a
what if..... 
Fifty years after John F. Kennedy fell victim to an assassin's bullet while visiting Texas with his wife, people at home and abroad paused Friday to remember the 35th president of the United States. Collected here are memories of the slain president, details from the day of his death and live updates from the memorial service at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. President Kennedy was one of America's 'What if's...' Had he lived what would it have been?  Bill O'Reilly said it right from his book:

“Most people live their lives as if the end were always years away. They measure their days in love, laughter, accomplishment, and loss. There are moments of sunshine and storm. There are schedules, phone calls, careers, anxieties, joys, exotic trips, favorite foods, romance, shame, and hunger. A person can be defined by clothing, the smell of his breath, the way she combs her hair, the shape of his torso, or even the company she keeps.

All over the world, children love their parents and yearn for love in return. They revel in the touch of parental hands on their faces. And even on the worst of days, each person has dreams about the future-dreams that sometimes come true.
Such is life.
Yet life can end in less time than it takes to draw one breath.” 

President Kennedy is remembered for many things.  Perhaps his most famous line, delivered as a war hero himself, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” It is said, that President Kennedy’s most enduring legacy is the establishment of the Peace Corps. Through the Peace Corps, President Kennedy sought to encourage mutual understanding between Americans and people from different countries and cultures. He believed that the Peace Corps could serve an a unique instrument and weapon in the war against communism. By improving the quality of life in less developed countries, the people of these nations would become more resistant to communism and convinced of America’s sincerity and ability to help them. Today the Peace Corps is no longer considered a weapon against communism. It has proved to valuable organization for the United States. It has outlived the Cold War and continues to send participants to different nations.

What If ..... President Kennedy had lived?

No President Lyndon B. Johnson

Kennedy's assassination was great for Johnson's political career, as it saved him from a coming scandal. "A corruption investigation into the vice president, also very real, was shelved by the editors at Lifemagazine in the sensitive weeks after Kennedy was killed

No Civil Rights Legislation

Would Kennedy have passed the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, or the Fair Housing Act that Johnson undertook? 

JFK Is Not Well Regarded

Even assuming all of those things are true — he isn't killed, he gets his second successful term, and retires comfortably — it's still likely that he wouldn't be viewed nearly as warmly  Historian Jeff Greenfield imagines  that the president’s “reckless” personal life would have eventually caught up with him -- and that reports of his extramarital affairs may have become public. “It almost became public in the weeks before Dallas,” Greenfield said. “There were reporters looking around, because the recklessness of Kennedy's private life, including having a mistress who's also the mistress of a mafia boss, dallying with a woman who was a suspected East German intelligence agent.”
While the Kennedys would have ultimately squelched the reports from going public, Greenfield contends in his book, it would have almost certainly taken a major toll on his marriage. And Greenfield raises the question of whether the first lady might have sought a different life at the end of an imagined second Kennedy term. “I speculate that she may have confronted John Kennedy with the hard realities of what she's been living through for 8 years,” he said. “By ‘68, the women's movement was beginning to take shape and maybe Jackie Kennedy might have looked for a different kind of life at the end of the term.”

Remembering President Kennedy: The Quote we SHOULD all carry with us.

"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." —John F. Kennedy

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