“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
— John F. Kennedy, 53 years ago today, at his inauguration
The implication here (read the entire speech for yourself, recall the type of event it was delivered at) necessarily is that the country, that society itself, can do neither of these things (helping oneself or helping one’s fellows) without first receiving the approval of government, without, in some way, using the levers of political power. And so, to ask what your country can do for you is really asking what your government can do to your fellow American. And to ask what you can do for your country is really asking what you can do to help it do things to your fellow American as well as to foreigners not in good standing with the United States government at a given moment.
So if a person really cared about their “fellow Americans,” or about anyone at all, neither question would be asked.
For more dirt on this American hero (translation: dirtbag), check out Justin Raimondo’s great piece in The American Conservative from November of last year. If you’re looking for conspiracy theories, that’s fine, but that’s not what this post is about. I for one don’t accept the official story, but I feel that it doesn’t matter very much as the assassination was probably nothing more than the result of a classic struggle for power, each side of which being a mere faction in one of the largest and most ruthless criminal cartels in history.