50 years since the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro waves to a cheering crowd upon his arrival after dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the island, Jan. 1, 1959, in Havana, Cuba. (Bettmann/CORBIS)
President John F. Kennedy makes a national television speech about the naval blockade of Cuba, Oct. 22, 1962, from Washington. U.S. armed forces were ordered to DEFCON 3, the same level of readiness that followed the 9/11 terror attacks in 2001. (AP Photo)
Excerpt from JFK Speech 1960 - more … click on photo
I believe in human dignity as the source of national purpose, in human liberty as the source of national action, in the human heart as the source of national compassion, and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas. It is, I believe, the faith in our fellow citizens as individuals and as people that lies at the heart of the liberal faith. For liberalism is not so much a party creed or set of fixed platform promises as it is an attitude of mind and heart, a faith in man’s ability through the experiences of his reason and judgment to increase for himself and his fellow men the amount of justice and freedom and brotherhood which all human life deserves.