50th Anniversary of Two Great Speeches

We started this blog almost 2 years ago to discuss issues we believe to be critical to our American society: equality, social justice, energy, nutrition, education and security.  We named our blog this small planet, invoking the the words spoken by John F. Kennedy at the commencement ceremony at American University on June 10, 1963.  At the time, he was talking about the superpowers of the US and Soviet Union, humanizing the lives of those of us on both sides of the ideological divide. Have a look:

“For, in the final analysis, our most basic
common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe
the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all
mortal.”

Those words today still ring true, especially in view of the critical issues we are grappling with in all corners of our planet.  Just as important, though, was a speech he made the very next evening, on June 11, 50 years ago today in a television address to the nation.  In his speech, JFK took on racial equality and civil rights, a battle then unfolding on our television sets during each broadcast of the evening news.  Have a look at a clip from that speech:

We all know that JFK was human and had his own personal flaws.  What he did possess, though, was an uncanny ability to deliver the messages that we, as a society, and indeed the world needed to here at the precise time we needed to here it.

Half a century later, his words still deliver a powerful message that are as, and even more important than then.

 

 

The Insanity of Our Healthcare System

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When it comes to tangibly honoring great Americans, Washington tends to drag its collective feet, usually decades, before making room along the Mall for a tribute.  The notable exception is the Viet Nam war memorial that was completed a mere 7 years after the war ended; the impetus to build it so quickly was the hope that it would begin to heal the hemorrhaging wound of the Viet Nam war on our society.  It fulfilled that hope for the healing to begin.  Read the rest of this entry

In one of the Republicans’ most breathtaking assaults on Americans’ right to vote, Colorado Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler has ordered that Denver and Pueblo counties not mail absentee ballots to Colorado residents in the US military who are deployed overseas.  Their crime that denies them the right to vote this year?  They didn’t vote in 2010.  Despite requirements of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act that requires local authorities to send ballots to soldiers deployed in foreign theaters of war 45 days before an election, Gessler has decreed that military personnel (from Democratic leaning Colorado counties, of course) should be denied the right to vote, just in case they might vote for a Democrat. Read the rest of this entry