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Thursday, July 19, 2007

My fellow Americans...

A couple of articles here. First up, the Washington Monthly cover story that has a former aide to JFK writing the acceptance speech he would like to hear at the Democratic convention. Some great lines, some platitudes, but hopefully the folks running are starting to take to heart the lesson that it's time to fight and fight hard instead of trying to be all things to all people.

The challenge is enormous, the obstacles are many. Our nation is emerging from eight years of misrule, a dark and difficult period in which our national honor and pride have been bruised and battered. But we are neither beaten nor broken. We are not helpless or afraid; because in this country the people rule, and the people want change.

True, some of us have been sleeping for these eight long years, while our nation’s values have been traduced, our liberties reduced, and our moral authority around the world trampled and shattered by a nightmare of ideological incompetence. But now we are awakening and taking our country back. Now people all across America are starting to believe in America again. We are coming back, back to the heights of greatness, back to America’s proud role as a temple of justice and a champion of peace.

Also, Glenn Greenwald chimes in here with some worthwhile criticism, and mostly he's talking about this recent article from the Globe:

When Kennedy rose to deliver the speech, on July 2, 1957, he began with a ringing statement. "The most powerful single force in the world today," he said, "is neither communism nor capitalism, neither the H-bomb nor the guided missile -- it is man's eternal desire to be free and independent." Hardly anyone would disagree with that. But he continued with a provocative thought -- that "imperialism" was the chief foe of freedom, and that the Western form of imperialism was very nearly as bad as the Soviet version. By emphasizing America's desire to spread freedom in the Middle East, he couldn't have sounded more like today's neoconservative architects of the Iraq war. By stressing the impossibility of spreading freedom through force, he couldn't have sounded more different.

Thanks to Vigil-Auntie for the tip. All the articles are well worth a look.