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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
GabhSigenod
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 6:54:06 AM

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Do we "give" rights, or just "recognize and honor" them?
jcbarros
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 8:45:00 AM

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I don´t get this. Giving rights to others which belong to them... fine, but rights to ourselves and to our country... which rights did he mean? Right to what? Eh?
pedro
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:15:45 AM
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GabhSigenod wrote:
Do we "give" rights, or just "recognize and honor" them?



Yes it rather implies that 'we' must have taken them in the first place. Kennedy was a very impressive speaker mind, but much of it you feel is prepared soundbites, not all of which bear scrutiny. I assume he had his own 'President's question time'? How good was he as a speaker answering questions on his feet?
MTC
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 10:41:12 AM
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In response to Gabh and Pedro, judge for yourselves whether Kennedy was merely a mouthpiece for his speech writer, Ted Sorensen in a brief 2 min clip from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn14Wbe1v1Y. Kennedy's easy command,intelligence, wit and charm are very much on display.

The quotation, however, is the lamest example I have ever seen from Kennedy. Even Homer nods.
Mindless Wanderer
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 1:10:40 PM
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Touche, Gabh.
MarySM
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Thanks for the video MTC. And I agree that this quote is lame and as was mentioned, we don't give rights to others, just acknowledge and respect the rights of others.
staples83
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we can only enjoy our right to freedom if we recognize it in others. if we don't, then we have none, because we're afraid others will take it away.
kitten
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 8:17:49 PM
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Daemon wrote:
In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country. John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)



I have looked for this quote within the Kennedy papers. I did read papers from when he was a Senator to his debates with Nixon and whilst in office.

I came to the conclusion that he was talking about the, Civil Rights Movement. As that, amongst other things was one of the big issues of his time. And it was a passion of President Kennedy's as well as his brother, Robert Kennedy. Equal rights and recognitation for all.

If taken in the context of the, Civil Rights Movement, it makes sense to me.Anxious

We had a group of people born in the country, now considered a whole human being and not 3/5ths. Speak to the hand Eh? d'oh! We fought a, Civil War which gave them rights but instead enacted the, Jim Crow Law which still kept them down for almost another hundred years and the idea of segregation was slowly going by the wayside.

These were people who should have, by birth, had rights. By acknowleging their rights to sit where they wanted to, drink from the fountains, enjoy any seat in the cafeteria and be educated the same as others----we gave/acknowledged the rights they already had and we freed ourselves by giving us the right to be whole as a Nation. By accepting others, as we should have, we truly freed ourselves and our country.

United we stand divided we fall.

Anyway, that is how I understand the above quote.



Now, I wish we could do something for the Native American-----peace out, >^,,^<
BillK
Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 9:49:32 PM
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Afghanistan... wish I commented earlier so that you could all tear me apart.
kitten
Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 7:31:28 AM
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BillK wrote:
Afghanistan... wish I commented earlier so that you could all tear me apart.



What does Afghanistan have to do with the above quote, with respects, to us?


peace out, >^,,^<
BillK
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