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This is very true:
But today other voices are heard in the land – voices preaching doctrines wholly unrelated to reality . . . At a time when the national debt is steadily being reduced in terms of its burden on our economy, they see that debt as the single greatest threat to our security. At a time when we are steadily reducing the number of Federal employees serving every thousand citizens, they fear those supposed hordes of civil servants far more than the actual hordes of opposing armies.

We cannot expect that everyone, to use the phrase of a decade ago, will "talk sense to the American people." But we can hope that fewer people will listen to nonsense. And the notion that this Nation is headed for defeat through deficit, or that strength is but a matter of slogans, is nothing but just plain nonsense.

Yet it wasn't written about today's Republicans. These paragraphs are from the speech John F. Kennedy did not live to deliver Dallas.

It's truly depressing how little changes.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 12:13 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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