Archive for the ‘JFK’ Category

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Below is an audio excerpt from President John F. Kennedy’s address to the American Newspaper Publishers on April 27, 1961.

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Without debate, without criticism, no Administration and no country can succeed – and no republic can survive.

And so it is to the printing press – to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news — that we look for strength and assistance, confident that with your help man will be what he was born to be: free and independent.

-John F. Kennedy, 1961

Full text and audio can be found here.

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

If this nation is to be wise as well as strong, if we are to achieve our destiny, then we need more new ideas for more wise men reading more good books in more public libraries. These libraries should be open to all—except the censor. We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors.

-John F. Kennedy

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is afraid of its people.

-John F. Kennedy