50 years ago, two men nicknamed “Jack” died just a few hours apart, though on different continents. One was C. S. Lewis. The other was President Kennedy. I wonder which one had the more lasting influence, though Kennedy was a far better President than any from his party who have followed him into the White House since then.
Do you remember where you were 50 years ago this day? I was walking down a hall in Berea Hall, which was a dorm at Baptist Bible College, when somebody came out and said that Kennedy had been shot.
Looking back, perhaps this was a major turning-point in modern American history – the turning away from what this country was – and what Kennedy embodied in his politics. Democrats today transported back into his era would consider him a right-wing extremist, a “tea-bagger.”
50 years ago, Obama would have had to ride in the back of the bus. The civil rights movement was just beginning and Democrats fought it tooth-and-nail. The Republicans were the ones who championed it, Martin Luther King among them. Things were much different then – even with segregation. White liberals got involved and messed things all up – and, no, I’m not in favor of segregation. We’re all sinners in the eyes of God. Our skin color has nothing to do with what kind of person we are.
– In memory of President John F. Kennedy, murdered 50 years ago today.