Friday, August 31, 2007

Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You...

The words of JFK uttered back in January 20th, 1961 is the Mantra of the New Environmental/Energy Independence Movement. Thomas Fuller's quote: "Charity begins at home, but should not end there" is often repeated by Russ & I. We believe that it indeed does begin at home and that these changes would emanate outward to facilitate similar changes at work, the vehicles we drive and the way we behave away from home, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Anyhow, here is an excerpt of JFK's Inaugural Speech:

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shank from this responsibility - I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour will light our country and all who serve it -- and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.

An excerpt of The Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You speech by John F. Kennedy January 20th 1961.

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