“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”” – John F. Kennedy, September 14, 1960

To borrow a line from Marilyn Monroe – Happy Birthday, Mr. President.

The man who would one day become the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was born on this day in 1917. His life, full of personal tragedy, was ultimately cut short by an assassin’s bullet on November 22, 1963. His untimely death cemented his place in history, and kept him warmly in the hearts of the people – especially baby boomers. Would his legacy have been as positive had he survived to complete his first term, and a likely second? Would the trajectory of the war in Vietnam have been the same? What of the deepening Cold War after the Cuban Missile Crisis? Impossible to say. And, in the long run, nothing more than an academic brain teaser, something to while away a rainy afternoon – we are where we are.

JFK is the source of many inspirational, and interesting, quotes. Many of which I’ve shared before. Since liberal bashing is “in” these days, I figured that the quote above was worth dusting off in honor of the anniversary of his birth.

Photo from insidegov.com