How ironic that the most recent Republican party debate was held 48 years to the day after the assassination of another Democratic president, John F. Kennedy.
The subject of the debate, as you know, was national security. One can only imagine what JFK might say about any commander-in-chief doing what Herman Cain suggests, leaving foreign policy decisions up to his generals.
It's impossible not to think of that famous photograph of Kennedy with his Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. As an avid reader who often read as many as three newspapers a day, JFK might scoff at Cain's suggestion that it's more important for the president to be a leader than a reader.
No matter, Godfather's Pizza mogul Herman Cain has been eclipsed in the polls by Newt Gingrich, remember him, from the 1990's, who now compares himself to the Mel Gibson character in the movie, "Braveheart." For those, like myself, who missed the Gibson movie, don't worry, if you've seen "Breakfast at Tiffany's" that's all you need to know about Mr. Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, family values, Contract with America fellow who recently surpassed the absurdity of Cain's statement by calling child labor laws "stupid."
If you want to know what poses the gravest threat to national security, just try and wrap your head around why so many people, young and old, are showing up for the Occupy movement. Just ask yourself why so many youngsters are pitching tents on college campuses, and subjecting themselves to the kind of brutality we haven't seen since the shootings at Kent State.
To borrow a phrase from Paddy Chayefsky, people are "mad as hell, and we're not going to take it anymore." We don't believe that national security can be separated from economic justice. We don't believe that amassing behemoth fortunes will lead to job creation.
We didn't believe it when Ronald Reagan said it, and we don't believe it now. Or, as JFK, a visionary president, said half a century ago, "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."
His vision lives on in the hearts and minds of all who support those who speak up for the economic justice for which Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King strove, and without which there can be no national security. For there can be no graver threat to national, or international, security than a weak economy, and there can be no recovery when the few feast off the sacrifices of the many.
Causes Jayne Stahl Supports
Free Speech, human rights, and abolition of the death penalty.