Politics

JFK and Antimatter

John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
President Kennedy speaks before a crowd of 35,000 people at Rice University in the football field. | Photo: Getty Images | John F. Kennedy, President, Podium, Speech, Crowd, Democrat,

Are we through the looking glass again?

"In short, both the United States and its allies, and the Soviet Union and its allies, have a mutually deep interest in a just and genuine peace and in halting the arms race. Agreements to this end are in the interests of the Soviet Union as well as ours--and even the most hostile nations can be relied upon to accept and keep those treaty obligations, and only those treaty obligations, which are in their own interest.

So, let us not be blind to our differences--but let us also direct attention to our common interests and to the means by which those differences can be resolved. And if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity. 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."

So spoke JFK in June of 1963; we all know just how mortal he and his words proved but five months later, in Dallas.

Yet his truths--as they are want to do--prove immortal still.

At present, like many of you fellow peace orphans, we are witness to perhaps the precise opposite both as to the character of the President and his intentions toward and concerning this former Soviet Union, in physics what is known as antimatter.

And it perhaps is too fitting an analogy, for scientists tell us that it is well that so little antimatter persists since the Big Bang, as otherwise we would, could not exist.

As consolations go, it is a small one given that the tenor of speech by the present incumbent smacks more of personal and private gain--and for his transactional 30 pieces of silver equivalent based upon prior dealings with certain Russian banks and/or their agents--the outcome of which, taken together, may lead to another big bang, this one having to do with the status of our fragile democratic traditions and the Constitution which guarantee them.

No 'the sky is falling' mindset here, alas, only the fruits of logic, admittedly based upon what is publicly knowable by reasonable persons; however, if obvious disregard for those traditions is somehow innocently owing to either incompetence and/or indifference, is not the outcome likely the same, regardless of criminal or other justiciable consequences to him? Did not Rome burn while Nero, self-proclaimed 'greatest, wisest, smartest, most artful' emperor fiddled with both bow and truth?!

It is posited here, the ultimate question which truly awaits a fateful answer, and for all of us: are there such persons among the American populace who are prepared, as was JFK, to risk speaking---nay, acting---in the name of unshakeable truths so as to redeem both our national honor, however frail and at times impure, and cry 'No more! We cherish our children's future, and their present...in the name of our collective past, imperfect as it may be, its lessons are not lost upon us. We survived a most uncivil war of internecine slaughter, and we shall survive this. Let justice be done, though the heavens fall!

Or shall this rare collision with presidential antimatter explode from within that which a certain foreign adversary, without such coopting, cause.

As Kevin Kostner, portraying Jim Garrison in the film 'JFK' asserted: 'It's up to you.'

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