JFK’s words

Posted Friday, May. 24, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Since 2013 marks 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, I was listening to the president’s parking-lot speech outside the Hotel Texas in Fort Worth that morning.

In the speech, JFK said: “To fulfill its obligations around the world requires that the United States move forward economically, that the people of this country participate in rising prosperity.”

He went on: “In the final analysis, that strength depends upon the willingness of the citizens of the United States to assume the burdens of leadership. I know one place where they are: here, in this rain, in Fort Worth, in Texas, in the United States. We are going forward. Thank you.”

I urge citizens now to set aside their “detective” hats as to the particulars of his murder.

President Kennedy rests in the grave. I say: Ask not how JFK died, but what his Fort Worth speech advocated.

My pre-1964 silver half-dollars, quarters and dimes remind me that, when JFK was alive, prosperity was tangible, measurable and genuine.

— James A. Marples, Longview

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