President John F. Kennedy, speaking before the United Nations Sept. 25, 1961.
What changed, America? Why are our leaders afraid to show this strength and stand up to evil any longer?
What happened to such strength and the determination that we once had to fight for our freedom and retain our liberty?
The Democratic Party once stood strong and proud, ready to face foes head-on and defeat them. Now, so many leaders from that Party prefer appeasement, blaming our country and the opposing Party for Terrorist attacks.
Many Republicans too seem to have grown weary and prepared to walk away and hope for safety and security.
Our freedom and liberty has become little more than a political tool to use to win elections, at the cost of the lives of our Brave Young serving in the Military.
Warren Kozak, in his Wall Street Journal article where I discovered this obscure clip said,
“Those words spoken by our 35th president are not part of the usual JFK repertoire, like his inaugural address or his Oval Office speeches. But they may be more significant because of where we find ourselves today. His message serves as a beacon—because we hunger for this clear and bold direction since our present leaders seem to lack the will that Kennedy projects. So we lean on our past to find the courage we require today: A president standing alone, a man meeting his responsibilities.”
On September 20, 2001 just days after the horrific attacks on our nation by terrorists, President George W. Bush said in part,
“I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people. The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.”
He also said,
“But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing.”
What happened, America? How did we let our resolve wane? How did we lose the desire to remain free?
When did we decide allowing groping of our children and elderly by TSA agents gave us security instead of targeting those who continually attack us?
A terrorist picked up on America’s lack of resolve and was expressed in 1996 by Osama bin Laden in citing the U.S. retreat from Somalia in 1993,
“You have been disgraced by Allah and you withdrew. The extent of your impotence and weaknesses has become very clear. When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature they will like the strong horse.”
Bin Laden underestimated the resolve of President Bush.
Did he correctly estimate the lack of resolve in the American people?