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On J.F.K.

Obviously, lots of hullabaloo about Kennedy recently because of the fiftieth anniversary.  There’s one thing that’s always puzzled me. Conservatives love the line “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” I don’t want to get into whether Kennedy was a good or bad president or whether he was a conservative or a “liberal.” I just want to point out that both questions are fundamentally collectivist. What can you do for the country is actually indicative of a later stage of progressivism that what can the country do for you. If it had been me, the line would have been “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for you.”

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