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ADONAI On April - 29 - 2011

Delivered January, 20 1961 in Washington D.C.


Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens:


We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom — symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning — signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago.


The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe — the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.


We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans — born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.


Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.


This much we pledge — and more.


To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided there is little we can do — for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.


To those new states whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom — and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.


To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required — not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.


To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge: to convert our good words into good deeds, in a new alliance for progress, to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. And let every other power know that this hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.


To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support — to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective, to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak, and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.


Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.


We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.


But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course — both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind’s final war.


So let us begin anew — remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate.


Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.


Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms, and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.


Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.


Let both sides unite to heed, in all corners of the earth, the command of Isaiah — to “undo the heavy burdens, and [to] let the oppressed go free.”¹


And, if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor — not a new balance of power, but a new world of law — where the strong are just, and the weak secure, and the peace preserved.


All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days; nor in the life of this Administration; nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.


In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.


Now the trumpet summons us again — not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need — not as a call to battle, though embattled we are — but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, “rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation,”² a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.


Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world.


And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.


My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.


Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.

~John Fitzgerald Kennedy


What  a speech.  You can’t help but feel inspired when you read it. Kennedy’s future was  a bright beacon of hope. A future were we came together to invest in the future of all mankind and not our petty differences. Good to his word, Kennedy immediately began fighting for the social and economic ideals he had put forth. He presented a strong front during the Cuban Missile Crisis, regret over the Bay of Pigs disaster, and worked hard to improve relations with our southern neighbors.   Sadly, a little over halfway through his first term, President Kennedy was struck down by an assassin while visiting Texas. The country never really got over it, and Kennedy’s dream never took focus. Which sucks. It was a good dream. Too many good men died trying to make it happen. Far too many.

Written by ADONAI

For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

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  1. foxisms says:

    Nice piece Adonai. And important to remind people of what this man stood for.

    • chazmania says:

      And you match that with the dictabelt recording and it becomes all too obvious..this may not prove a conspiracy by some in the government (chuckle) but does for most people that studied this that there was a third shot that was from the front. I lean towards the man hole cover but the possibility is more then even two shooters.. If your going to plan it and attempt it you better get it right the first time. Also a man with a rifle was seen exiting the underground water way connecting tunnel to that manhole. the position is correct and consistent with that angle A researcher that studied evidence around the head wound was surprised to discover the trajectory made no sense when he traced it to that location. he expected other results and kept retesting, oh and by the way also Jfk’s head mysteriously ends up missing..
      I know many do not want to face this and are convinced there is no such thing as any hidden group in our government that would do such a thing.
      I can only say that no con man can ever commit the con without the approval and suspension of disbelief of their victim.

      • foxisms says:

        Chaz, the unfortunate fact is that there are so-o-o many possibilities that it becomes damned near impossible to pinpoint those that are viable from those that aren’t.
        A mass misinformation campaign? Maybe. I dunno.
        If so, between that and the people who were either never called on (or “became unavailable”) for testimony, untested evidence at the time that was arbitrarily dismissed and the quick wrap up of the Commission before exploring too deeply much (if any) of the physical leads…and, well…there’s little doubt as to why so many of the questions involved remain unsatisfactorily answered. Which only further leads to further speculation.
        People to this day still theorize the Lincoln assassination.And the WTC thing? Fuhgedaboudit.
        Everyone is left to go with their gut feeling on these things and little more.
        We know more about the ancient Egyptians than we will ever know about certain events of our own history.

  2. chazmania says:

    Its not much wonder why him and his brother would be targeted…

    As an audio professional for most of my adult life i examined the recently computer enhanced and steadied zuputer film and dicta belt matched recordings of the assassination in Dallas…Being fully subjective i can only conclude the 3rd shot was not from the book depository but much closer to the car and from the footage alone its clear it obeyed the laws of physics as a forward impact..
    Regardless of your stance on this the evidence does not lie no matter how well covered up certain things remain obvious.
    As well as a mountain of circumstantial evidence suggesting a cover up…why a mountain? Ignorance may be bliss but its still ignorant.

    • ADONAI says:

      I’ve heard every theory and seen them disproved.

      I don’t believe in conspiracies. I don’t believe in secret cabals.

      Both defy common logic. The United States government, specifically THE President of the United States, couldn’t even keep a break in at a shitty motel a secret, let alone anything else. Someone, somewhere, always finds out. An Independent national Security team couldn’t keep the atomic bomb a secret. And that was pretty damn important.

      Why a mountain? Because it’s circumstantial evidence. There are mountains of circumstantial evidence supporting Bigfoot, alien abductions, and chupacabra. But it would be difficult to prove. It only infers something may be true. It doesn’t actually prove it. Before any circumstantial evidence can begin to be taken seriously, at least one piece of relevant direct evidence is necessary.

      • chazmania says:

        oh and by the way i really love your posts and don’t want to have ill feelings here..These are my opinions take them or not but i am convinced this shot came from the front no matter who tries to skew the evidence to favor the “official story”
        you may be right that a massive cover up or this kind of thing would have left a better trail…Possible but equally possible it did not just because other times it was hard to hide does still not prove one from the other…
        always the unseen unseens…Cris Kraft

      • chazmania says:

        what got me was the sound…this part has been ignored by most.. there is a very subtle but distinct pattern generated by any loud sound.. this is from the reverberation of the initial blast to many subsequent reflections off of surrounding surfaces…these “echos” are timed and can be distinguished from each other by these time trails.. sound moves at differing rates as the frequencies are lower or higher that is partly how we sense direction by these subtle sound time differentials. it was the third shot that has all the characteristics of coming from a different source then the first two…The comparison to Bigfoot is nonsense.. and nothing was disproved.

    • KillgoreTrout says:

      The head shot is what really makes me believe it was fired from the front. Nobody will ever convince me otherwise, and I don’t care how many “scientific,” explanations they come up with.
      I grew up around guns, and was in the USMC, and I have seen the way objects react to a shot from the front.
      I won’t pretend to know who fired that shot, or even why exactly. But it sure didn’t come from behind.

      • ADONAI says:

        KT, I’m a bit more flexible. I don’t believe there was another gunmen but if I see clear evidence to the contrary I will change my mind.

        • chazmania says:

          how can i teach you 20 years of sound experience and knowledge so you can better realize the different sounds the third shot makes from the others?
          it seems to me you have already decided against any possibility and want some dare i say it “smoking gun”
          I actually entertain the idea all the time i may be wrong in case i miss something that may be truth.. the truth is all i seek all the time and having NO absolutes allows me to better hone in on it.

        • KillgoreTrout says:

          Understandable. We all see things from different perspectives. But as I said, the head shot is the clincher for me. Some questions will never be answered to everybody’s satisfaction.

          • ADONAI says:

            KT, If I may ask, what about the head shot doesn’t sit right with you? Perhaps it is a theory I haven’t heard yet. I;m always looking for the truth and, unlike you, I have little experience with firearms.

            • chazmania says:

              one other point… when you hit something from the front anything in your house what direction does it go in…laws of reactions in the game of pool alone should indicate something of the reactive force from one object to another…
              The jerking may be muscle reactions but the spinning object or blood that goes up and to the back a bit is too clearly from the front impact..

              A bit more evidence is when the first shots and the front shots happen and the timed reactions of the impacts do not match time wise and they would if all from the rear…this i am still investigating as to its validity via the time intervals of impacts and shots..It can be extrapolated from the film frame times and sound marks.

            • ADONAI says:

              KT, The reason his head appears to go back even though the shot was from behind is all based in physics and has been tested and proven with various calibers of guns on various objects.

              as the bullet passes through it carries all this brain mater and pieces of skull out the front with it and the energy involved in this forces the head back.

              If he had been shot from the front, his head would have went forward. The wounds and physics involved are all consistent with the rifle Oswald used.

              But I understand that it will always be a mystery for many people. Kennedy made a lot of enemies as President. Any one of them would have liked to have seen him dead.

            • KillgoreTrout says:

              The direction of Kennedy’s head was very consistent with a shot from the front. His head moves violently to the rear and slightly to the left. Then there is the very large stream of blood that shoots straight up at the moment of impact. The rest of the blood spatter was to the rear of Kennedy’s head, so much so, that the red mist created by atomized blood covered two of the SS agents behind the car. Then there is Jackie, scrambling to the rear of the limo to retrieve a section of the skull that was laying on the trunk of the limo. None of this would have been the case if the shot hit him in the back of his head.
              I won’t say this is definitively the “truth,” but I feel very strongly that this was the case. And I am far from alone on this.
              I don’t doubt that Oswald shot from the book depository, and he almost surely fired the shot that hit Kennedy in the upper back, but the head shot just doesn’t jive with me.

  3. KillgoreTrout says:

    Adonai, thanks for posting this. Great words from a great man. I will forever have a sensitive place in my heart for JFK and his brother Bobby. I remember watching the inauguration on CBS news (in black and white). Though I was too young to understand much of what he said.
    I have since, read this speech a few times, and watched old news footage of the speech, to get a better understanding than my young years allowed. Thanks again.

  4. ADONAI says:

    Thanks wts! I hadn’t read it in it’s entirety since high school and I ran across it while looking up some stuff for another post.

    I had forgotten just how good it was. When I reference presidential speeches I usually go with Clinton’s “bridge to the 21st century” speech or Obama’s “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” but, with all due respect, this one puts them to shame.

    I just don’t think the 60’s would have ended the way it did if he had not been killed.

    • kesmarn says:

      He was an exceptionally smart and funny man. And, at heart, a poet.

      Like MLK,I don’t think he ever felt he would live a long life.

      They both — along with Bobby — seem eternally young.

    • KillgoreTrout says:

      Our involvement in Vietnam would have never escalated the way it did. Kennedy wanted to remove all US advisors from southeast asia. But, instead, nearly a year and a half later, Johnson sent the first combat battalions to Vietnam in April of 65.

  5. whatsthatsound says:

    Hey, AD, thanks for posting this! It was/is a good dream. Now that’s the kind of country I want to see more of in the world!

    We know how to live right. Wise words such as those above don’t come out of nowhere. We just don’t seen able to stop those who DON’T know how to live right from making such a mess of things.

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