Sunday, October 31, 2010

Let the word go forth

Theodore C. Sorensen, Kennedy Counselor and Wordsmith, Dies at 82
The New York Times, October 31, 2010

"When, in the late 1940's, we faced a global Cold War against another system of ideological fanatics certain that their authoritarian values would eventually rule the world, we prevailed in time. We prevailed because we exercised patience as well as vigilance, self-restraint as well as self-defense, and reached out to moderates and modernists, to democrats and dissidents, within that closed system."

"... Future historians studying the decline and fall of America will mark this as the time the tide began to turn - toward a mean-spirited mediocrity in place of a noble beacon."

-- Theodore Sorensen

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