Now I grew up in a strongly Republican family, but like all Americans I felt a lump in my throat when I heard the news. Kennedy seemed like such a vibrant and energetic younger man than the usual President and I admired his service as a Naval officer in World War II which, at that time, really wasn't so long ago.
We were rapidly herded to the Chapel where a quick service was conducted by our Chaplain, he himself an ex-Naval officer from the great war. And as I listened to the somber music being played , I remember wondering how someone can have so much hate in his heart to kill a man like the President with his own young family left behind. It was just unfathomable to me. I mean, I understood the occasional fist fight in school and the dirty tricks being played, but murder? Well, that was just something that was so final, so tragic and so wrong.
But we didn't need "safe" rooms and we didn't wear safety pins back in those days. We also didn't have huge pools of counselors to talk it out with. No, we had each other, a bunch of boys away from home at boarding school to sort it out with and get on with our lives and we did.
I think the quote adjacent to Kennedy's picture above says best what he stood for. He loved his country and he loved freedom and liberty. And he believed that government as a constitutional democratic republic was responsible for responding to the needs of her people while always protecting the rights of the minority as well. Just like Thomas Jefferson, he believed that sometimes a little revolution was needed from time to time, not with violence but in peace and that is what we should strive for in memory of him. Stop the hate, talk to one another openly and honestly without the politically correct balderdash and bring America back on track to her destiny as a leader of the world with God at our side. Let's face reality and deal with the real problems we have openly and honestly. I truly believe President Kennedy would look down at us with a positive nod and a smile if we did just that.
He wasn't an angel and he wasn't a devil, he was a man who wanted America to be all she can be. Let's try and do that, shall we? Rest in peace, Mr. President. You've been gone a long time but we haven't forgotten you.