On December 21, 1968, the Apollo 8 spaceship blasted its way through the earth's atmosphere to begin the first U.S. mission to orbit the moon. During the ninth lunar revolution, the astronauts read the story of creation from the Bible.
Standing on that hillside beside Kennedy's grave and having a remarkable view of Washington D.C. something struck me. I had lived to see the degradation of the American presidency and with it the decline of America.
Ross Douthat is out of his league this week. His piece "evaluating" the presidency of John F. Kennedy is so thoughtless and partisan it doesn't deserve its high perch in the nation's "paper of record".
Dr. King wanted to be very careful about the public statement he was being requested to issue in response to President Kennedy's assassination 48 years ago today.
"We're heading into nut country today," President John F. Kennedy said to his wife as he showed her an ad, bordered in the black of a funeral announcement, that the John Birch Society had placed in the Dallas Morning News.
For a moment we just stood there looking at each other, realizing we were participants in a drama we could not grasp, but which we would remember for the rest of our lives.
On November 3rd, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was a somewhat quiet celebration, and too few Americans were given a chance to learn about the tens of millions of lives saved.
The insurance industry last month brought the Health Benefits Coalition out of storage. It is now the Essential Health Benefits Coalition, and its goal is to allow insurers and employers to continue selling policies that are swelling the ranks of the underinsured.
Marilyn Monroe lives on as the last of an archetype we cling to from our innocent past but is now gone forever -- or until a future generation invents her again.
It's interesting when ideas that have been floating around in the ether and in your head start to pop up in the collective conversation.
Elected to the U.S. Senate seven times, I know about the running for re-election on presidents' policies. In fact, my re-election in 1998 can be attributed in large measure to my vigorous opposition to President Clinton's NAFTA with Mexico.
Those who followed the 2008 presidential campaign will remember Joe the Plumber. He was the man John McCain invited up on stage and attempted to portray as the symbol of America's "noble working class."
There's nothing inherently wrong with being rich in America. What's wrong is when you use this wealth to disenfranchise and subjugate those who aren't.
I was feeling safe and secure beneath the navigator's seat belt when I saw the nose of a gigantic jet coming straight at us.
If I had the power to stop that car with these words, wouldn't it be wonderful if I could do so with others who were either life-threatening or just plain annoying? Here's my top twelve list.
Time moves, but for someone my age -- to annex Kennedy language: born in the '60s, tempered by war, hardened by peace -- the Kennedy narrative remains compelling.