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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Sage Advice


If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security; as well as our liberty.

—John F. Kennedy. October 29, 1960.

3 Comments:

Blogger Steph said...

Can you imagine this coming from our current administration?

I know we tend to "romanticize" past leaders, but a lot of them (JFK) seemed to have something that today's leaders don't.

Heck no to censorship!

8:16 AM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

You're right. Kennedy was not without his faults, but knowing his efforts to reign in the CIA and FBI, to end the Cold War and withdraw from Vietnam, we can be forgiven for wondering how things might have been different had he lived.
No, I don't imagine Bush saying that, haha. To be fair though, anyone writing a book critical of the Clintons could count on at least one IRS audit. At least.
People in power have secrets, and they don't want them known, which is why I found this quote from a president so fascinating.

12:46 PM  
Blogger Davis said...

Amen

5:11 PM  

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