“He speaks to us,” says a breathless Jim Lichtman, in Thursday’s Huffington Post. “He speaks to the world.” That sounds like something many might say about Christ. But – perhaps not surprisingly – these words were not written about Jesus. They gushed forth in praise of President John F. Kennedy.
Of course Lichtman tells us what his hero said.
…ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
…ask for what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
We know that JFK could be an inspiring leader. We also now know that he was a womanizer who cavorted with naked beauties in the White House itself when Jackie was gone. Leftists keep telling us that they love women. Since they have taken Kennedy as a role model, perhaps we must conclude this is what they mean.
“As we strive to live up to Kennedy’s sense of character,” Lichtman tells us, “we not only become better citizens, but a more moral and more purposeful country – an example to the world.” Doesn’t that just make you glow inside? A man who cheated on his wife, and sexually exploited so many women no historian would ever be able to count them, is still revered by the Left – that feminist-empowering faction – as a moral exemplar.
Of course Lichtman is not talking about the long-dead president’s marital fidelity. As a new, Republican-dominated Congress convenes, he is admonishing us – via those long-ago-spoken words – to “…begin anew – remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.” Meaning that the Republicans must be civil by letting Democrats go on setting their agenda, and that GOP sincerity is always subject to proof. Just in case we miss that this is what he means, he comes right out and tells us. “Five decades later, [Kennedy’s] words speak to a current Congress…”
We must weigh the sincerity of leftists, however, in their worshipful words about fallen Democratic icons like JFK, with how they speak of contemporary women in politics. People – you know – like Sarah Palin.
We’ve heard the leftist media call her vapid, vain and stupid. They’ve castigated her for every sin – real or imagined – any mortal might possibly commit. I don’t think I need quote any of it here, as we have all heard enough of it already. But now – perhaps to distract us from the new Congress, or maybe so nobody will bring up the sainted Kennedy’s sexual peccadilloes again – we are being treated to a new “scandal.”