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Kennedy's word's 50 years ago forgotten

Oklahoman Published: November 16, 2012

Many still remember these famous words from President John F. Kennedy's 1961 inaugural address: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Much has changed. Since Barack Obama's re-election, the Democratic strategists and TV talking heads have been glibly crediting his victory to the brilliant winning coalition the president and his team formed in the “swing states.” They describe that winning coalition as consisting of immigrants, minorities, union members, women and youth.

By analyzing their braggadocio, one can conclude that the current president has reversed Kennedy's powerful words of strength and determination. President Obama's plan — 50 years later — advocated: “Ask not what you can do for your country; ask what your country can do for you.” The Democratic Party has completed its about-face.

Kenneth L. Webster, Oklahoma City