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An awful day

On a weekend talk show I heard the question posed … “which was worse … the Kennedy assassination or 9-11?” On this 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s murder in Dallas, only those who experienced both events are qualified to draw a conclusion.
For me, the Kennedy assassination was more traumatic. Maybe it’s because I was 12 years old at the time and still quite innocent. The shock and mourning lasted for weeks.
Of course, 9-11 was a huge tragedy on many levels … and changed the way we Americans view the threat of terrorism. The Kennedy assassination changed the way we think about government. Fifty years later, a majority of Americans don’t buy the conclusions of the Warren Commission investigation. Dozens of conspiracy theories have eroded the trust Americans once had in their government. We became a nation of doubters, cynics overnight.
Kennedy’s presidency ended too early for a conclusive assessment of what it might have become. There is no doubt in my mind that his killing changed the heart and soul of our nation.
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Our thought for today is from Alfred North Whitehead:
 
“The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.”


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11/22/2013 1:28AM
An awful day
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