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  •  So what is the difference between (2+ / 0-)
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    his comments and Kennedy's whole "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" spiel?

    I vaguely recall Kennedy being somewhat revered by many Dems.

    •  The differece is obvious (1+ / 0-)
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      it is the difference between can and must

      Had Kennedy used the word must (implying the absence of choice) his words would not have been so revered.


      •  Are you serious? (0+ / 0-)

        Distinction without a difference.

        Kennedy was telling people to ask "What can I do for my country?", he's not saying that they should think about asking, or consider asking, and he's certainly not suggesting that after they ask the question that they should just say to hell with the answer if they don't really feel like it.

      •  By the way, he does use the word 'must' : (0+ / 0-)

        And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

        My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

        Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.

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