by Pastor George Kelly
In 1961, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States.
President Kennedy was the first President born in the new century (B. 1917) and at 43 years of age he was the youngest occupant of the White House since Theodore Roosevelt assumed the reigns of the Presidency at age 42 upon the assassination of President William McKinley.
After he was sworn in as President of the United States, John F. Kennedy gave a stirring inaugural address in which he stated that the United States was committed to the cause of liberty around the globe. Here is a small sampling of his address (paragraphs 2, 4, 5, and 6):
“The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.
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.
This much we pledge—and more.
To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.”
The essential question for those of us living today is this: Do we really believe in the basic premises in which the late President stated in his stirring inaugural?
In paragraph two (2) of his address, the late President averred that the world was locked in a contest between two very different set of ideas. One belief system places confidence in the ability of individuals to make their own decisions outside of state / government encroachment; this worldview also possesses as a concomitant belief that all human liberty derives its origins “not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”
Do we share this heartfelt conviction that ultimately our rights come “from the hand of God?”
President Kennedy made his remarks in a world that was split between two Superpowers – the United States and the Soviet Union – which held diametrically opposed worldviews. Much of Eastern Europe existed under either totalitarian regimes or authoritarian governments.
Paradoxically, the 20th century was an age of both War & Wonder. There were breathtaking advances in the field of Science and at the same time the world experienced two world wars in which more than 60 to 80 million or more people perished!
In the aftermath of the Second World War (WWII), the threat of nuclear war hovered over the NATO (United States led) countries and over the Soviet Warsaw pact nations. The threat of nuclear annihilation forced the two great powers to communicate.
Ultimately the NATO nations prevailed in their protracted struggle against the Soviet Union and their atheistic totalitarianism as the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact nations dissolved; many of the Warsaw pact nations became free autonomous states. It appeared that just perhaps the old Soviet Union (Russia today) and the United States might learn to live in a peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
Best desired end?
The recent events that transpired in both Crimea and the Ukraine in the past several days make our desires for peace with Russia appear to be a little on the side of “whimsical thinking.”
The current Russian President Vladimir Putin was a former KGB agent in his past career. Mr. Putin once remarked that he felt that the dissolution of the former Soviet Union was one of the worst catastrophes to ever occur in history.
How should the United States and the family of free nations view a man with this type of thinking?
Perhaps a look again at the words from President Kennedy’s inaugural address might point the way forward in our dealings with not only Mr. Putin – but with other authoritarian leaders and potential hotspots such as – China, North Korea, and Syria.
President Kennedy forcefully stated that “the resolve of the United States as a force for good on the world scene must not waver!”
The skeptic will remark – with great accuracy – that our nation cannot intervene in every hotspot or crisis around the globe. Furthermore, since 9/11, the American people show signs of being both “war weary” and “battle fatigued” (Afghanistan and Iraq).
Nevertheless, while we cannot intervene in every world crisis, we must prioritize the potential “hotspots and crises” in the world and assess them according to our Strategic, National, and Vital interests (The Real War – Richard Nixon).
Assistance to our friends in the Ukraine is in our “Strategic Interests.”
Let us assure our friends in the Ukraine – who surrendered their “nuclear arms” in exchange for joining the family of free nations in the early 1990s that the words of President Kennedy still ring true today 53 years later:
“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.”
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