Remembering John F. Kennedy

Today John F. Kennedy would be 95 years of age; hard to imagine…

Of course I’d rather be writing about how he was planning to celebrate today that having to remember him…

Mr. Kennedy inspired a Nation with his unusual blend of optimism and charm.  He affected style, fashion and the way we view government and politics in this country.  Whether you loved him or hated him politically, you always had to admit that he was witty and had class.  For those of us who were too young during his presidency to really be affected by the politics and partisanship of the time, he seems to loom over the stage as someone we’d like to have known better.

In looking back at the history and events surrounding  JFK, it strikes me as fascinating to see the mythology that has grown around him.  Some today like to claim him as the ideal of modern Liberalism and yet he was the conservative alternative to the more liberal Hubert Humphrey in the 1960 primaries.  He served as Ronald Reagan’s model for cutting taxes in the 1980’s and was Mr. Nixon’s rival for being tough on communism and national defense in 1960.


In any event, all politics and nonsense aside, JFK is certainly a man worth remembering, an interesting character, and a model of class in public that our current politicians would benefit from studying.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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