by William Federer, Freedom OutPost:
John F. Kennedy stated in his Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 28, 1961:
“The Pilgrims, after a year of hardship and peril, humbly and reverently set aside a special day upon which to give thanks to God …
I ask the head of each family to recount to his children the story of the first New England Thanksgiving,
thus to impress upon future generations the heritage of this nation born in toil, in danger, in purpose,
and in the conviction that right and justice and freedom can through man’s efforts persevere and come to fruition with the blessing of God.”
While visiting the home state of his Vice-President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, on November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas.
The youngest President ever elected, being 43 years old, he was also the youngest to die, barely serving 1,000 days.
Kennedy was on his way to the Dallas Trade Mart to deliver a speech, in which he had prepared to say:
“We in this country, in this generation, are – by destiny rather than choice – the watchmen on the walls of world freedom.
We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility,
that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint, and
that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men …”
“That must always be our goal – and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength.
For as was written long ago, ‘Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.'”
Warning of the deep state, John F. Kennedy candidly addressed the American Newspaper Publishers Association at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, April 27, 1961:
“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings …
We are opposed around the world by a … ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence – on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day.
It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”
Another person addressing the threat to freedom was Lutheran minister Richard Wurmbrand.
In 1948, he was arrested by Socialist Republic of Romania and was tortured 14 years in prison. His wife, Sabina, was sent to labor camp.
After years of persecution and international pressure, the Wurmbrands received amnesty. In 1965, he testified before the U.S. Senate’s Internal Security Subcommittee.
In 1967, Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand formed Jesus To The Communist World, renamed Voice of the Martyrs.
Richard Wurmbrand wrote:
“Every freedom-loving man has two fatherlands; his own and America … America is the hope of every enslaved man, because it is the last bastion of freedom in the world.
Only America has the power and spiritual resources to stand as a barrier between militant Communism and the people of the world.
It is the last “dike” holding back the rampaging floodwaters of militant Communism. If it crumbles, there is no other dike, no other dam; no other line of defense to fall back upon.
America is the last hope of millions of enslaved peoples …
I have seen fellow-prisoners in Communist prisons beaten, tortured, with 50 pounds of chains on their legs – praying for America … that the dike will not crumple; that it will remain free.”
In the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Alexander Solzhenitsyn was imprisoned, from 1945 to 1953.
After intense international pressure, he was released and traveled to Washington, D.C., where he stated June 30, 1975:
“At the height of Stalin’s terror in 1937-38 … more than 40,000 persons shot per month! …
It is precisely because I am the friend of the United States … that I have come to tell you …
Over there people are groaning and dying and in psychiatric hospitals. Doctors are making their evening rounds, for the third time injecting people with drugs which destroy their brain cells …
I would like to call upon America to be more careful with its trust and prevent those … using the struggle … for social justice to lead you down a false road …
They are trying to weaken you; the are trying to disarm your strong and magnificent country in the face of this fearful threat-one that has never been seen before in the history of the world.
I call upon … ordinary working men of America … do not let yourselves become weak.”
Dutch politician Geert Wilders was born the year John F. Kennedy was shot.