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"... not because they are easy, but because they are hard ..."

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by PeteyPirate, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Reading a friend's blog, I came across this JFK speech announcing his plan for the U.S. to send an astronaut to the moon within 10 years. I am 32 years old, and don't recall a president ever challenging American citizens like this. Could this guy get elected today, actually asking Americans to be great?

    An excerpt, followed by a link (nice joke about Rice football, too):

    "There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation many never come again. But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?

    "We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

    "It is for these reasons that I regard the decision last year to shift our efforts in space from low to high gear as among the most important decisions that will be made during my incumbency in the office of the Presidency."

  2. beefncheddar

    beefncheddar Guest

    Take a look at the political landscape today. It's fucking embarrassing.

    He'd never get nominated, much less elected.
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Did Dick Goodwin write that?
  4. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    The thing is, Kennedy didn't make this speech while he was running, he made it while he was President in 1962 (three days before my brother was born, not that anyone cares). There used to be nothing wrong with challenging Americans to greatness.

    Today, if you challenge Americans to greatness, spokespersons for the 3,198,673 victims' groups will immediately run to a camera and bemoan how their constituent group will be left behind by spending money on such a program and call the program racist or sexist or anti-immigrant or against the poor or anti-child. And the network news folks would lap it up like a thirsty puppy.
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Which is why I'll probably never vote for another Democrat ... because all the things he stood for – cutting taxes, being tough against our enemies, nailing really hot blondes (and brunettes and redheads) – is dismissed in the modern Democrat party.
  6. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Kennedy wouldn't be able to pander enough in this day and age. A speech like that today would be met with blank stares and indignation.
  7. EE94

    EE94 Guest

    just out of curiosity, is this the first time you have come across this speech?
  8. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Yes, the first time.
  9. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    Jack had some reallllly good writers.
  10. Dirk Legume

    Dirk Legume Active Member

    IF you're interested in what happens after the speech, you can rent "From the Earth to the Moon". It was a multi episode HBO series that was a semi dramitization of what it took to get to the moon. Really good stuff and it shows how impressive americans can be when they want to.
  11. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    I suppose if you ignore the New Deal. Whatever your opinion of the contemporary metamorphosis of those programs, their challenge to Americans in the most challenging of times can't be discounted.
  12. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    By "recall," I mean in the actual memory bank of things that happened while I was alive.
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