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The Country We Were, the Country We Are

Fifty years ago, this past November 22nd, President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas. Thirty minutes after being shot the president was announced dead; a nation went into mourning.Film shows groups of people huddled around a car radio and the gasp of disbelief and heartbreak of our citizens.
Now, fifty years later, we may ask ourselves some questions: Would the same reaction happen today? Do we still retain the same quality of character that the people of 1963 did? Does our stomping upon our current president only make America’s economic, social and global situation worse?
It is said, as it may be said of every generation, that ours is different; that the youth has lost its respect for those who should be respected. That is no problem, the problem lies in that we are the youth, but not for long. We are getting older, a new youth is developing, but are we? The rising adult generation that we belong to is remaining stagnant in its distrust of the American way, and we will be to blame when one day our children distrust the powers that be: Us. One day we will be president, congressmen and women, leaders of the free world and we will be saying how the youth has no respect. The coarseness in which we view our nation today will set the path for which each generation to come will follow.
But what hope have they when we denounce our own leaders? As Americans we are asked to stand by our voted leaders. Not to agree with them or sit idly by when we disagree, but to be with them. We are asked to stand with our nation, if to nothing else show the world that the greatest country on Earth is still just that. That no matter how much adversity stands in our way, the American character will still prevail.
John Kennedy once said, “We have come too far, we have sacrificed too much, to disdain the future now.” Well, the future is us. Now we must ask ourselves if we will stand with it, better it, or will we continue to push against it?
Perhaps we’re not so different, us and the people of that clear Dallas day. Perhaps they too lost a bit of faith when their president was taken. Perhaps they did not know where to stand. But the answer now, as it has always been, is together.
We must remember something else that Kennedy said, “Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.”

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