“Because to take away a man’s freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”
“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”
~~John F. Kennedy~~
“To cheapen the lives of any group of men, cheapens the lives of all men, even our own. This is a law of human psychology, or human nature. And it will not be repealed by our wishes, nor will it be merciful to our blindness.”
Liberalism is a political philosophy or worldview founded on ideas of liberty and equality. The former principle is stressed in classical liberalism while the latter is more evident in social liberalism. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas and programs such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free markets, civil rights,democratic societies, secular governments, and international cooperation.
Liberalism first became a distinct political movement during the Age of Enlightenment, when it became popular among philosophers and economists in the Western world. Liberalism rejected the notions, common at the time, of hereditary privilege, state religion, absolute monarchy, and the Divine Right of Kings.
The 17th-century philosopher John Locke is often credited with founding liberalism as a distinct philosophical tradition. Locke argued that each man has a natural right to life, liberty and property, while adding that governments must not violate these rights based on the social contract.
Liberals opposed traditional conservatism and sought to replace absolutism in government with representative democracy and the rule of law.
A huge loss …. always wondering “what if”. It’s one of those “I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when … ” moments. When I heard that the plane was missing, my heart skipped a bit. “No, not again; not him”.
Yet it was. Sad loss …. what if?
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Jr., often referred to as JFK Jr. or John-John in the press, was an American lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher.
Shortly after 8:30 p.m. on July 16, John F. Kennedy Jr. took off from Essex County Airport in New Jersey in his Piper Saratoga plane with his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, on board. He planned to drop off Lauren in Martha’s Vineyard and then continue to Hyannis Port, where his cousin Rory was getting married.
After Kennedy turned back left and resumed a descent, his plane turned right and began a rapid descent of 4,700 feet per minute, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s official report of the accident. The “airplane struck the water in a nose-down attitude,” reported the NTSB.
“There is always hope,” said Coast Guard Lt. Gary Jones. “But unfortunately, when you find certain pieces of evidence, you have to be prepared for anything.”
As days passed, Americans began to lose hope that any passengers would be found alive. On July 21, divers recovered the three bodies eight miles offshore. A memorial ceremony for the three was held on July 22, where their remains were scattered at sea from a navy destroyer, the USS Briscoe.