Tuesday, November 22, 2005

November 22

Today is November 22. On this date in 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was to have addressed the Texas Democratic State Committee at a gathering in Austin.

Here are the words President Kennedy was to have spoken at the end of his speech:

This is a time for courage and a time for challenge. Neither conformity nor complacency will do. Neither the fanatics nor the faint-hearted are needed. And our duty as a party is not to our party alone, but to the Nation, and, indeed., to all mankind. Our duty is not merely the preservation of political power but the preservation of peace and freedom.

So let us not be petty when our cause is so great. Let us not quarrel amongst ourselves when our Nation's future is at stake. Let us stand together with renewed confidence in our cause--united in our heritage of the past and our hopes for the future--and determined that this land we love shall lead all mankind into new frontiers of peace and abundance.

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.

The last sentence you show was Teddy's words, right?
Yes, indeed. It's from Ted Kennedy's speech to the 1980 Democratic National Convention.
Just wanted to double check.
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