The Power of Citizenship

The Power of Citizenship

Why John F. Kennedy Matters to A New Generation

Book - 2013
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Publisher: Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, Inc., 2013
ISBN: 9781939529367
Branch Call Number: JK1759 .R365 2013
Characteristics: xxi, 281 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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May 03, 2017

I found the comments by the critic from Publishers Weekly most absurd: JFK's Alliance for Progress was completely watered down after his death, just as JFK's Executive Order 11110 was rescinded - - DURING THE TIME the just sworn in President Johnson was returning to D.C. aboard Air Force One from Dallas, site of the murder of our last genuine president!
The NASA Moon Project, with all the associated technical and scientific developments for years to com;
The Internet, leading to the World Wide Web, allowing for many citizens around the world to convey real news, instead of the usual Fake News;
JFK's Interest Equalization Tax, to encourage American investors and companies to reinvest in America;
JFK's Executive Order 11110, doing an end-run around the Federal Reserve, generating $4.3 billion of DEBT-FREE monies directly to the people via the Treasury;
JFK's standing up to GE and US Steel on behalf of the workers;
JFK's attempts to overturn the tax breaks/payouts to corporations every time they offshore an American job [he failed, but in turn he then signed the Trade Act legislation, granting paid training to workers displaced by the corporate jobs offshoring;
The expansion of Army Special Forces, and creation of special ops forces in the Navy and Air Force, to be used in future counter-insurgency movements in support of future democracies [and yes, they were used differently from the original intentions of the Kennedy Administration];
JFK's frequent peace-oriented negotiations, instead of sending in the CIA and mercenaries as Eisenhower, and later Johnson, et cetera, were wont to do [a perfect example is to be found in Andrew Cohen's fantastic book, Two Days in June, detailing how JFK negotiated with Sukarno to benefit both Sukarno and the two American [Rockefeller] oil companies in Indonesia, Caltex and Stanvac [later overturned after his murder, with the resulting one-half to one million Indonesians slaughtered, and Sukarno replaced by a pro-American dictator];
JFK's Equal Rights Act, which would later pass during Johnson's administration;
JFK's actions in the desegregation of Ole Miss;
JFK's State Department memos, transmitted over the military teletypes to major stations, detailing how all US military advisors were to be withdrawn from Vietnam before the next presidential election, beginning in the end of November, 1963 [appeared in the declassified documents during the late 1990s by President Clinton, first publicized by Richard Parker during his book tour for his biography of John Kenneth Galbraith, said documents later re-classified by President George W. Bush !!!];
et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!
[Along with this book, would recommend Andrew Cohen's Two Days in June and Donald Gibson's outstanding book, Battling Wall Street: the Kennedy presidency.]


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