It is a tragedy that he did not live to see the realization of that dream when a man landed on the moon, just as he wished, before the decade was out, in 1969.
While Kennedy was fighting to protect American sovereignty from outside influence, he was fighting the evil sin of racism at home.
Resolutely, he sent marshals to quell riots in Mississippi and Alabama, signed an executive order to secure fair housing rights, and helped secure the release of Martin Luther King from the Birmingham jail, where he wrote his famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
In an address to the nation he demanded support for civil rights, noting, “One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free.”
President Kennedy understood that the essence of freedom and equality transcended politics. As he said, “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.”
We would do well to reflect on the wisdom of those words today.
As Americans, we have a God-given right to freedom that should be defended at every turn. JFK understood that, as we all should now.
Although he was president for a mere 1,000 days, his memory lives vividly in many of our minds 50 years later.
But there is now a generation of Americans who never lived during the Kennedy era.
The nostalgia so many of us feel for that time, when our nation was united in the defense of liberty and promise of America, should be celebrated.
Honor President Kennedy by sharing those memories today.
— Ted Cruz represents Texas in the United States Senate.