May 6, 2011

JFK Speaks at SDSU, June 6, 1963 & American University, June 10, 1963

President John F. Kennedy delivered the Commencement Address at American University in Washington on June 10, 1963.

President John F. Kennedy delivered two of the greatest speeches any American president or any world leader ever delivered in history, and he did it in a span of one week in June of 1963. JFK was a truly remarkable and visionary leader who could have changed the course of the world if he had lived. He was as revolutionary as Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Washington before him. And his revolutionary spirit is why he was killed by a group of monsters who had tremendous power over the policies and actions of the CIA and Pentagon.

JFK set the path towards world peace in a hard-headed manner, and he made it official White House policy to educate the American people about the outside world instead of instilling fear into their hearts and corrupting their minds by lying to them about foreign threats as numerous administrations after him have done.

The kind of peace that JFK was talking about was not the kind of peace that the hippies were talking about. You don't need to smoke weed to love peace and hate war. JFK was talking about a practical and a real peace that can be achieved in a short matter of time if the people of every nation are led by rational and sane leaders instead of the sociopaths and liars that lead many governments today, especially in America, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

Every time I watch his speech at American University I can't believe that an actual American president said these words because they are so thoughtful and true. James W. Douglass, author of JFK and The Unspeakable, says the speech is one of the greatest speeches any president has ever given.

Kennedy's speech at San Diego State University on the importance of education for the preservation of freedom and for the life of citizenship was also great. Peace and education are two things that this world needs now more than ever, and JFK was ahead of the world by half a century in recognizing that governments and political leaders are responsible for ensuring and providing both to citizens.

"To govern is to choose and the ability to make those choices wise and responsible and prudent requires the best of all of us," Kennedy said at SDSU. "No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry whose qualities of mind and heart permit it to take part in the complicated and increasingly sophisticated decisions that pour not only upon the President and upon the Congress, but upon all the citizens who exercise the ultimate power."

It is a crime against the mind and against humankind that Kennedy's speech at American University and SDSU are not more well known. Both speeches should be televised on prime time on all the networks so that the American people and the world can remember what a real American president sounds like. Obama is a deformed, degenerative, corrupt, and spiritually dead president; so were Bush II, Clinton, Bush I, and Reagan. After watching a few minutes of Kennedy's speech you cannot look at Obama and Bush the same again. This is what true American leadership looks like, not the crazy unilateral approach that was taken by Bush, and which is now continued by Obama.

Kennedy's whole speech at American University is quotable, and available to read here. Below are a few excerpts:
So let us persevere. Peace need not be impracticable, and war need not be inevitable. By defining our goal more clearly, by making it seem more manageable and less remote, we can help all peoples to see it, to draw hope from it, and to move irresistibly toward it.
No government or social system is so evil that its people must be considered as lacking in virtue. As Americans, we find communism profoundly repugnant as a negation of personal freedom and dignity. But we can still hail the Russian people for their many achievements--in science and space, in economic and industrial growth, in culture and in acts of courage.
For we can seek a relaxation of tension without relaxing our guard. And, for our part, we do not need to use threats to prove that we are resolute. We do not need to jam foreign broadcasts out of fear our faith will be eroded. We are unwilling to impose our system on any unwilling people--but we are willing and able to engage in peaceful competition with any people on earth.
"When a man's ways please the Lord," the Scriptures tell us, "he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." And is not peace, in the last analysis, basically a matter of human rights--the right to live out our lives without fear of devastation--the right to breathe air as nature provided it--the right of future generations to a healthy existence?

While we proceed to safeguard our national interests, let us also safeguard human interests. And the elimination of war and arms is clearly in the interest of both. No treaty, however much it may be to the advantage of all, however tightly it may be worded, can provide absolute security against the risks of deception and evasion. But it can--if it is sufficiently effective in its enforcement and if it is sufficiently in the interests of its signers--offer far more security and far fewer risks than an unabated, uncontrolled, unpredictable arms race.

John F. Kennedy at American University, June 10, 1963 - Part 1:

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John F. Kennedy Speaks at San Diego State University, June 6, 1963: