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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 5:17:49 AM
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The quotation is just one of many memorable phrases from President Kennedy's Inaugural Address of January 20, 1961, part of which is printed below:

"Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction. 11
We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed. 12
But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course—both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind's final war. 13
So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate."

Kennedy was, of course, alluding to America's Cold War adversary, the now-defunct Soviet Union. Twenty years later another American President, Ronald Reagan, would employ a remarkably similar slogan about dealing with the Soviets: "Trust but verify." Ironically, the slogan is not a bow to Kennedy, but a Russian proverb. Regardless, the years had not erased--nor have they yet erased--the two countrys' mutual mistrust.

For the complete speech see (http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres56.html)

Following tradition, President Obama will deliver his second Inaugural Address on January 21, 2013. He faces a far more complex and confusing world than his predecessors. One could almost be nostalgic...
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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013 1:20:48 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)


Kennedy must have been speaking to the first generation of chicken hawks in the US, unless trying to reassure Nikita Khrushchev,
fresh after the UN "shoe-banging" incident, about the merits of civility.

progpen
Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2014 4:48:31 PM

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This quote is even more appropriate today, and at many levels.



Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
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Posted: Friday, November 7, 2014 2:16:03 PM
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""Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace,..."

And the quest on both sides goes on, the nations making themselves "partners" (out of civility?) the only thing left to prove being sincerity.

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