Posted by: maboulette | November 22, 2016

Where Were You When We Lost Our Way?


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To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men.

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

On Nov. 22, 1963,  President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in an open-top car through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.

Two bullets struck the young president, the first in his back and throat and the second in the back of his head (or so the official story is told). Gov. John Connally of Texas, another passenger, was also shot, though he survived. Jacqueline Kennedy and Nellie Connally, the men’s wives, were also in the car but were not injured.

The New York Times reported on the assassination: “Mr. Kennedy apparently was hit by the first of what witnesses believed were three shots. He was driven at high speed to Dallas’s Parkland Hospital. There, in an emergency operating room, with only physicians and nurses in attendance, he died without regaining consciousness.”

 “America wept tonight, not alone for its dead young president, but for itself. The grief was general, for somehow the worst in the nation had prevailed over the best. The indictment extended beyond the assassin, for something in the nation itself, some strain of madness and violence, had destroyed the highest symbol of law and order.”

And we still cry over this loss and the fact that our country has really never been the same.   The worst in our nation did prevail over the best and in some ways this worst of us has never gone away.  Our country was derailed on that day back in November of 1963 and we have never quite gotten what is good about America back up and moving forward again.  Things have never been the same.

Where were you on that day 53 years ago when we lost our way?

 

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