Monday, November 22, 2004

November 22, 1963

To those of us of a certain age, this date will be burned into our memory as surely as Pearl Harbor was to our parents or 9/11 is to us today. I’ll pause and remember the man who died that day not out of nostalgia for a better time but of the life of a man cut short before his time.

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.”

– John F. Kennedy

If that is too “partisan” for you, then remember these words from a snowy day in January 1961.