Religion (Was Re: Music)

Archaic archaic at
Fri Jun 14 13:28:22 PDT 2002

On Fri, Jun 14, 2002 at 10:15:59AM -0500, Albert Wagner wrote:
> > > "Today, we need a nation of Minutemen, citizens who are not only
> > > prepared to take arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of
> > > freedom as the basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to
> > > consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom."
> > >
> > > - John F. Kennedy
> > >
> > > How ironic.  I wonder if his assasins were inspired by that quote.
> >
> > I'm lost. Can you explain the irony? Are you saying the his assasins
> > were preserving freedom?
> To me the irony lay in the context of the quote:  on the post of one who 
> advocates violence to correct perceived injustices.  Don't all assassins 
> BELIEVE that they are preserving freedom and fighting injustice?  Kennedy's 
> assassins, like Lincoln's assassins and the anti-abortion assassins of 
> doctors, had all lost faith in and patience with democracy.  

I will not presume to know the minds of Kennedy's assasins. Hell, we
don't even know who they are. Once we know that, then it would be a lot
easier to presume their motives based on what their obvious rewards
would be. Also, the concept of protecting freedom does not exclude the
possibility of revolt.


Love your country, but never trust its government.

- Robert A. Heinlein.

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