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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-23-08 01:58 AM
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179. Right. Kennedy's assassination marked the loss of innocence in the U.S.
We became a nation led by cynics and tools of cynics.

Goldwater ran on the Republican ticket in 2004. Ayn Rand became popular, and many, apparently including Greenspan and the right-wing side of the Republican Party abandoned human values, abandoned social morality and embraced a totally selfish, arrogant political philosophy.

We are now reaping the disaster that follows when the disease of Goldwaterism and Ayn Randism spread through our country. If you haven't read Ayn Rand, do. It's disgusting stuff. When I was in college, I read virtually everything she wrote. Her tales are seductive to the young. The idea that you are only responsible for yourself, that you do not answer to the moral judgments of others, that you do not need to care about their needs, that just being yourself and realizing your personal potential is the most important thing in life is intriguing and exciting until you really fall in love and care for another person and discover that the grown-up world is not just about you, until you discover that the greatest joy is in caring about someone else.

Kennedy had his faults, but he symbolized the good human being that most Americans want to be.

By the way, Republicans criticize Kennedy for his womanizing, but they don't mention how common womanizing was at the time. It was a kind of given, especially in the upper social strata.

Remember, birth control didn't become readily available until after Kennedy was elected. In his day and age, men either impregnated their wives repeatedly (as did Robert Kennedy and many, many other Americans), or couples used unreliable forms of birth control or, couples abstained from or limited conjugal relations. Often, especially if the wife was told not to have more children, the last choice was the only really viable one -- and men sought alternative relationships. That was the way of life.

Women's lib and the sexual revolution kind of put an end to the idea that there were good girls and bad girls and all of the stereotypes and conventions that went with that. So, while the official sexual morality did not really change, in fact, the real social mores regarding sex changed a lot. In my opinion, couples generally tend to me more honest with each other today than they were then. The Kennedys might have had a very different relationship had they been born 20 or 30 years later. So, don't judge Kennedy by his conduct with regard to sex. The series "Mad Men" reflects a lot of what was common sexist behavior at the time.
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