"The leadership of the American Legion has not had a constructive thought for the --James MacGregor Burns, John F. Kennedy: A Political Profile (Harcourt, Brace: . all be implemented by the career men and women in the Federal service. .. "When at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each of. I grew up upper-middle class, so I'm not someone who was fighting their Because sexism hasn't impacted my career in the same way, I had a date-rape situation and that doing politics was a way to take back my power.
But actually, I think the consensus is half right. With cozy western capitalism facing a kind of drawn-out existential crisis, they are not the men and women for the job. But why is this? Politics is like showbusiness for total freaks. Who can forget the bright, 70s-jacketed year old Hague speaking creer Conservative Party speed dating events brisbane. As a normal year old, would you want to hang out with someone who read Hansard.
Native Americans American Indians "For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all. Josephy, ed. New York: American Heritage Publishing Company, , p. Navy "I can imagine a no more rewarding career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worth while, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: Perseverance " Physical Fitness "We have become more and more not a nation of athletes but a nation of spectators.
Politics "Just as I went into politics because Joe died, if anything happened to me tomorrow, my brother Bobby would run for my seat in the Senate. And if Bobby died, Teddy would take over for him. Dial Press, , p. Post-Presidential Years "Whether I serve one or two terms in the Presidency, I will find myself at the end of that period at what might be called the awkward age--too old to begin a new career and too young to write my memoirs.
According to a footnote in Schlesinger's manuscript 1st draft, p. Presidency "I have a nice home, the office is close by, and the pay is good. Little, Brown, and Company, , p.
This passage was featured in the Charles Guggenheim documentary that was shown to visitors in the original exhibit of the John F. Kennedy Museum. Profiles in Courage Quotations Republicans "We have all seen these circus elephants complete with tusks, ivory in their head and thick skins, who move around the circus ring and grab the tail of the elephant ahead of them.
Responsibility, Collective "Let us not despair but act. Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past - let us accept our own responsibility for the future. The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high to permit the customary passions of political debate.
We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. As Winston Churchill said on taking office some twenty years ago: References the Chinese proverb, "it is better to light a candle than curse the darkness. For he does not stand alone. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world - or make it the last.
I pledged, and asked, only toil and dedication. These the Congress and the people have given in good measure. Responsibility, Personal "When at some future date the high court of history sits in judgment on each of us First, were we truly men of courage? Secondly, were we truly men of judgment? Third, were we truly men of integrity? Finally, were we truly men of dedication? I am reminded of the story of the great French Marshal Lyautey, who once asked his gardener to plant a tree.
The gardener objected that the tree was slow-growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon. Dante never made this statement. The Sea "I really don't know why it is that all of us are so committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships change, it's because we all came from the sea.
And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came. An old Breton fisherman's prayer that Admiral Rickover had inscribed on plaques that he gave to newly commissioned submarine captains.
Rickover presented President Kennedy with one of these plaques, which sat on his desk in the Oval Office. Space "We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and technology, has no conscience of its own.
Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. Students "No country can possibly move ahead, no free society can possibly be sustained, unless it has an educated citizenry whose qualities of mind and heart permit it to take part in the complicated and increasingly sophisticated decisions that pour not only upon the President and upon the Congress, but upon all the citizens who exercise the ultimate power Quite obviously, there is a higher purpose, and that is the hope that you will turn to the service of the State the scholarship, the education, the qualities which society has helped develop in you; that you will render on the community level, or on the state level, or on the national level, or the international level a contribution to the maintenance of freedom and peace and the security of our country and those associated with it in a most critical time.
The Greeks defined happiness as the full use of your powers along the lines of excellence, and I can imagine no place where you can use your powers more fully along lines more excellent in the 's than to be in the service of the United States.
The Greeks once defined happiness as full use of your powers along lines of excellence, and I can assure you that there is no area of life where you will have an opportunity to use whatever powers you have, and to use them along more excellent lines, bringing ultimately, I think, happiness to you and those whom you serve. This chart below shows what exactly they've been doing as they vie for election. The Conservatives have the 12 researchers standing for Parliament, the largest number of all the parties, which may be unsurprising as they are the largest party.
However, they do not have the largest proportion of bag carriers out of their insider class 17 per cent , with that honour going to the Scottish National Party's 5 researchers, who make up 36 per cent of their candidates from Westminster-y backgrounds. Labour has around one in four of its new candidates 23 per cent working in trade unions, which will not stop those accusing it of being in hoc to "union barons".
The Liberal Democrats' new class is heavily made up of local councillors 53 per cent , more so than any other party, and lobbyists 21 per cent , only beaten on this by the Conservatives 27 per cent. The Scottish Nationalists have a healthy supply of councillors too 43 per cent among their candidates, as does Ukip 40 per cent. Nearly half of those standing for Ukip have earned their chance as party officials 48 per cent , a much smaller proportion than the Conservatives 8 per cent.
What about for the marginal seats? The parties place extra importance on their candidates who fight them, as they could so easily be gained, or lost. The Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats all have a greater proportion of party insiders fighting target seats than in general across the parties, showing either how they reward their loyal apparatchiks or rely on them most.
What we find is that the main parties are trying to broaden their net for new candidates, but still have a sizable chunk of party insiders and lobbyists standing for Parliament. Our current top-tier pols were rarely normal students. When the rest of us were attending raves and discovering the then novel drug ecstacy, they were handing out flyers or tying themselves up in knots passing pointless motions against oppressive regimes.
In They only have other politicians as a reference point. Anyway, Cameron is as unable to relate to anyone normal as the rest of them. This is the key to why people hate politicians.
It is also why none of them are like the old-fashioned leaders we remember. They fret about focus groups, about what people think about where they holiday and whether some stupid incident back in will return to haunt them.
One of the reasons people like Nigel Farage is because at least he sometimes takes clear position. If they had some experience of normal life, it might be different.