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Posted By: katlaughing
09-May-03 - 11:08 PM
Thread Name: Breathtaking Speech - Kennedy on Frost
Subject: RE: Breathtaking Speech - Kennedy on Frost
Incredible, Peter, thansk so much. Very timely, once again.

I esp. found these bits significant:

But the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested.
For they determine whether we use power or power uses us.

The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state.

If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes him aware that our nation falls short of its highest potential.

I think Kennedy and Frost would be sore disappointed were they to see the shape of things today.