Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on September 5th, 2008 4:29 am by HL
The John F. Kennedy legacy came up repeatedly during the Democratic National Convention. But today, would JFK even be a Democrat? Kennedy supported, in today’s lexicon, a George W. Bush-like “belligerent” approach to fighting the Cold War, and told CBS’ Walter Cronkite it would be “a great mistake” to withdraw the American presence from Vietnam. In his 1961 inaugural speech, Kennedy said, “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, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
Why Bristol’s Baby Matters
Families deserve privacy about family matters, but families that want absolute privacy should stay out of politics. Sooner or later someone would have noticed the pregnancy of Bristol Palin, 17-year-old daughter of John McCain’s vice-presidential pick, especially since everyone in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, seemed to know already. The question that remains is what, if anything, her plight may portend for the rest of us. With all due respect to this young woman, her future husband and the rest of the family — and best wishes to all of them for a successful birth — let us first stop pretending that this is good news. There are excellent reasons why we discourage teenage pregnancy and motherhood, and none of them have disappeared simply because the Republicans are about to put Sarah Palin on their ticket.