Throughout American history, political family dynasties have not been uncommon. However, these families have not always acted in unison. In fact, in some cases American political families have been split asunder by divergent political loyalties.
The most important lesson that we learn from John Kennedy is to fashion the future out of our rational hopes, not our fears. He was the first to deny the baseless hopes of idle dreamers. But he was also for seeing things as they might be, and asking, "Why not?"
"Peace," he emphasized, "is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. And however undramatic the pursuit of peace, that pursuit must go on."
When President Obama addresses the nation on Syria, he must make it clear that he is the one who is in command, driving events, and making the tough decisions. And he must reinforce this impression with his decisions and actions in the pivotal weeks to come.
"There's always some son-of-a-b**ch who doesn't get the word," John F. Kennedy exclaimed in frustration. The president and his advisors were huddled at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, with the United States and the Soviet Union on the brink of nuclear war.
I can say with some confidence that President Zardari's legacy will be written in golden words. I don't say this as his son, or patron-and-chief of the Pakistan People's Party - but as a student of history.
Perhaps in these moments, when the president must feel he is going it alone, he might take down that poem and heed Seamus' admonition that, "We must not forget the call of conscience and we must endeavour to keep others awake to it."
I dream that African American youth will find a new sense of purpose and engagement that can help them succeed in everything they do.
Yet the great task of moral construction is never finished. There is no final victory on Earth, only an inheritance of justice that each generation must renew and pass to the next. 1963 was a year of moral crisis and renewal. 2013 is another year of moral crisis.
"That is a dangerous, defeatist belief," said the President. Dr. King called America the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." He was right. And it is still today.
When I stepped into the charming Copenhagen shop, I found that its proprietor, Danish jewelry designer, Rebekka Notkin, was every bit as lovely as the elegant jewelry displayed in the window.
Politicians and commentators from across the ideological spectrum like to invoke the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. But it's too easy to breeze past the March's painful historical context.
Following his death on August 9th at the age of 72, Bill Lynch is rightly being recognized for his legendary role in New York and national politics.
While stars abound as pop ups in cameos, this story is not about celebrity, but ideals. It is about the gruesome spilling of blood unfortunately necessary to arrive at the pinnacle of the civil rights movement -- a black president.
It's about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality, told from a black man's perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (aka the film industry) so long to do the right thing?
The American public now knows, courtesy of Edward Snowden, the meaning of "consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties," as defined by the NSA and President Barack Obama.