President Kennedy’s Famous 1960 Liberal Quote
During his acceptance of the New York Liberal Party’s nomination, President John F. Kennedy made his famous liberal quote —
What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?” If by “Liberal” they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of “Liberal.” But if by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
This elegant quote was from the first paragraph of the September 14, 1960 speech.
The Monastery’s library multimedia section has a free PDF, “Kennedy’s Acceptance Liberal 1960” article of the entire text of his speech. The PDF also has an embedded mp3 audio of Kennedy speaking his famous, elegant, liberal quote along with background material about President Kennedy and the New York Liberal Party.
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Download “Kennedy’s Acceptance Liberal 1960” article as a free PDF file containing the Kennedy mp3 audio and background information on President Kennedy and the New York Liberal Party.
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