View Full Version : Sarah Palin vs J. F. Kennedy: op-ed

Uncle Duke
12-05-2010, 07:31 PM
A very nice essay here by Kathleen Kennedy Townsand, discussing Sarah Palin's comments about JFK, religion and politics. Fair warning - it's long, so it may not appeal to all here. But it is also very reasoned, very well crafted and a nice example of rational comment based on clear thought.
Starts with:

In her new book, "America by Heart," Palin objects to my uncle's famous 1960 speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, in which he challenged the ministers - and the country - to judge him, a Catholic presidential candidate, by his views rather than his faith. "Contrary to common newspaper usage, I am not the Catholic candidate for president," Kennedy said. "I am the Democratic Party's candidate for president who happens also to be a Catholic." Palin writes that when she was growing up, she was taught that Kennedy's speech had "succeeded in the best possible way: It reconciled public service and religion without compromising either." Now, however, she says she has revisited the speech and changed her mind. She finds it "defensive . . . in tone and content" and is upset that Kennedy, rather than presenting a reconciliation of his private faith and his public role, had instead offered an "unequivocal divorce of the two."
I highly recommend it, if not for it's content, then at least as a fine example of a good opinion piece, well crafted.

Old Dryfoot
12-05-2010, 07:57 PM
Interesting read, disturbing... but interesting.

"morality itself cannot be sustained without the support of religious beliefs."

12-05-2010, 08:25 PM
Intelligent. Worth reading.

12-05-2010, 09:41 PM
Thanks for the heads up on the fact it's very long.

I skipped it, because my lips get tired reading that much words.


Paul Pless
12-05-2010, 10:05 PM
Thanks for the heads up on the fact it's very long.

I skipped it, because my lips get tired reading that much words.

;)It wasn't that long. Normally I skip anything about Palin, finder the entire subject vomitous. But, I did read that and it was a pretty well stated op-ed piece, even it was by a Kennedy. . .

Peter Malcolm Jardine
12-05-2010, 10:50 PM
Sarah Palin is merely capitalizing on the political flavour of the day. Right wing christian Americans want to make a lot of the current global division about christianity versus something else, and specifically Islam. That makes them no different than the radical islamists they decry, but they don't see that. After all, if you are fanatic enough to convince yourself that God is on your side, what wrong could you possibly commit? Sarah Palin isn't smart enough to even write the book that has her name on it. Sad to see a powerful nation like the USA sucked into the vortex of political extremism without a brain.

12-07-2010, 09:50 AM
Palin's all about cashing in, instant gratification and posturing. We've sunk pretty low as a nation when all we clamor for or accept is the lowest common denominator. Change equals fear today, never possibility.