JFK [1917-1963] IN HIS OWN WORDS


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In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty … Now the trumpet summons us again – not as a call to arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out … a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself …
 

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility – I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation … And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what, together, we can do for the freedom of man … 

The 35th President of the USA delivers his inaugural address, Washington D.C., 20 January 1961

Jakarta, 16 January 2014

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