President John F. Kennedy (1961-63) tried to set a new path for American foreign policy, navigating the treacherous waters of world diplomacy in the middle zone between appeasement and constant war. For his good practical judgment, the Deep State considered him a radical.
On this anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination — November 22 — we pause to pay respect to the man who gave Americans a renewed sense of optimism and purpose. In his absence, the country fell into a chaotic darkness. But the American Republic sustains.
President Kennedy gave this speech at the University of Washington on November 16, 1961. Here is a video clip, followed by the audio of the entire speech below:
Here is the text of the full speech (excerpted below):
There are two groups of these frustrated citizens, far apart in their views yet very much alike in their approach. On the one hand are those who urge upon us what I regard to be the pathway of surrender–appeasing our enemies, compromising our commitments, purchasing peace at any price, disavowing our arms, our friends, our obligations. If their view had prevailed, the world of free choice would be smaller today.
On the other hand are those who urge upon us what I regard to be the pathway of war: equating negotiations with appeasement and substituting rigidity for firmness. If their view had prevailed, we would be at war today, and in more than one place.
It is a curious fact that each of these extreme opposites resembles the other. Each believes that we have only two choices: appeasement or war, suicide or surrender, humiliation or holocaust, to be either Red or dead. Each side sees only “hard” and “soft” nations, hard and soft policies hard and soft men. Each believes that any departure from its own course inevitably leads to the other: one group believes that any peaceful solution means appeasement; the other believes that any arms buildup means war. One group regards everyone else as warmongers, the other regards everyone else as appeasers. Neither side admits that its path will lead to disaster–but neither can tell us how or where to draw the line once we descend the slippery slopes of appeasement or constant intervention.
In short, while both extremes profess to be the true realists of our time, neither could be more unrealistic. While both aim to be doing the nation a service, they could do it no greater disservice. This kind of talk of easy solutions to difficult problems, if believed, could inspire a lack of confidence among our people when they must all–above all else–be united in recognizing the long and difficult days that lie ahead. It could inspire uncertainty among our allies when above all else they must be confident in us. And even more dangerously it could, if believed, inspire doubt among our adversaries when they must above all else be convinced that we will defend our vital interests.
The essential fact that both of these groups fail to grasp is that diplomacy and defense are not substitutes for one another. Either alone would fail. A willingness to resist force, unaccompanied by a willingness to talk, could provoke belligerence–while a willingness to talk, unaccompanied by a willingness to resist force, could invite disaster…
In short, we are neither “warmongers” nor “appeasers,” neither “hard” nor “soft.” We are Americans, determined to defend the frontiers of freedom, by an honorable peace if peace is possible, but by arms if arms are used against us. . . .
Victim of Denver Shooting Identified as Veteran, Hatmaker Lee Keltner
A great American by all accounts.
The victim of a heinous shooting in downtown Denver on Saturday has been identified as a small businessman and hatmaker named Lee Keltner. Keltner was shot at point blank in the head by a leftist ideologue who was supposedly acting as a “private security” guard for a NBC affiliate reporter, without being properly licensed to do so or to carry a weapon in Colorado.
Keltner speaks of his craft in a video that emerged on Sunday after his death, briefly describing his service in the US military in one point. He considered his business a means to keep the heritage of the American west alive.
This man was the victim of the Denver shooting. His name is Lee Keltner and he ran a business that made cowboy hats. A great American by all accounts. pic.twitter.com/so1OxvjIAP
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) October 12, 2020
Keltner had been present at Denver’s Civic Center for a Patriot Prayer event that was picketed by a contingent of leftists who identified themselves as Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA.
This is how the Antifa rally in Denver's Civic Center against Patriot Prayer was billed. Notice "Denver Communists." pic.twitter.com/2sMWHL79wN
— Richard (@Wildman_AZ) October 10, 2020
Keltner was involved in a verbal altercation with a Black Lives Matter protestor when Dolloff approached him from his side and shot him in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Antifa supporters have claimed that Keltner utilized pepper spray on the “private security” guard first, but photo imagery reveals that Keltner only deployed pepper spray after Dolloff pointed a gun at him.
The slide of Dolloff’s pistol is already seen cycling as Keltner uses pepper spray- a non-lethal weapon- in self defense. The confrontation between Keltner and a man wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt hadn’t even been violent, and it’s extremely hard to imagine why Dolloff would’ve assumed he had to shoot Keltner.
Denver police initially identified Dolloff- who wasn’t named to the public until late Saturday night as a “private security guard with no affiliation with Antifa.” In actuality, he is not registered or licensed to act as a private security guard in Colorado, and it’s unclear if he’s even eligible to carry a weapon. A query of Dolloff’s social media accounts reveals he has extreme far leftist views. He’s been booked into the Denver jail system on suspicion of first degree murder.
The life of a great American has been taken by a leftist ideologue who callously opened fire at a peaceful protest.
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