This Robert Kennedy quote was in a Alan Grayson email today:
"Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.
"Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans."
I wish we had more Kennedy's and less Pailin/Beck/McCains
I've had JFK's we're going to the moon speech above my desk since High School. This is the part I like most
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard..."
Excellent post, and I really like the spirit behind this thread....
that's nice, rather says it all, doesn't it? I think at times people have stopped thinking..
I still think one of the most amazing speeches ever given was JFK's concerning the Cuban Missle Crisis.
edit: a link if you want to read it.
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