Today marks the 50th anniversary of the infamous John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address. Perhaps the most remembered portion of the JFK inaugural speech is his “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Kennedy was seen as a new broom, a fresh face in the White House. He announced during his inaugural address “the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans”. JFK ushered in the New Frontier, a time and place for America to demonstrate the success of Liberty. While many long for the days of ‘Camelot’, Salon writer and historian, Robert Dallek reminds us that JFK’s speech was fairly short, only 1,355 words. Kennedy wanted it short as he was worried “I don’t want people to think I’m a windbag.” Oh, how wonderful it would be if our current president followed this example.

JFK Inaugural Address
JFK Inaugural Address 50th Anniversary

On today’s episode of ‘The Glenn Beck Show’ on Fox News Channel, Glenn posed the question if Americans can govern themselves? Obviously, that was why our Founding Fathers revolted against the British crown, says Beck. But over the past century, the Progressive movement in America sees it’s mission to install an enlightened despot. To create a Nanny-State that tells us what is for our own good.

While many in the ‘Enlightened Left’ like to point to JFK as a demi-god, The Truth is that John F. Kennedy had a tad more respect for individual freedom and liberty than Democrats of today. JFK initiated the first post-WW2 cut in tax rates, which created a boom economy, raising the GDP some 6.9% the first year it was fully enacted.

Just consider what was said 50 years ago in the JFK inaugural address. “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” In the John F. Kennedy inaugural speech, he goes in the exact opposite direction of the Progressives. We shouldn’t be looking to Washington for aid and assistance. Or for some new Federal program to help us. We should help ourselves and then use that ‘success of Liberty’ to help others. Instead, we have a generation of Americans who feel that the government owes them a life. If there is a time and place for a New Frontier, it is now! I’m sure even Robert Dallek would agree with that.

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