reply to post by johnny2127
One of the aspects that made great the contribution of JFK or NR was that both were leaders in time of great trouble, time of drastic changes in
America, they of course were forced in several occasions to try to go ahead in the middle of a lot of confrontations among social sectors and
economical interests, but their principal virtue was precisely that they didn't lose the north in their respective careers:
To show that democracy can work and work very well not only in the political aspects but in the social and economical ones bringing progress to more
people than any totalitarian adventure, either from the extreme right or left, that it is possibly to create balance and harmony among private
entrepreunal initiative and the social role of a goverment.
Of course, either JFK or NR were not, lets say awarded ,with perhaps the place they might be reached if
they would lived in an another less complicate moment, their careers were extremly brilliant, but really brief,
both died still being relatively young and still being in part in process of development and confronting a lot of resistence even inside their
respective poltical parties from the more retrograde sectors.
JFK was of course not reelected due to his brutal assassination in perhaps his best political moment, and Rockefeller ended his political life in
a huge confrontation with President Ford. However the momentum they both developed was so important that it is easy to say that LBJ never would have
been elected in a landslide election without the good shade of Kennedy, without making law his original proposals, and that Ford surely never had
lost the possibility to don't appear in the History as the only President never elected if he wouldnt have changed Rockefeller as his formula mate in
the lection of 1976.
Their fates were in some sense marked by the confrontation by one side with the Political status quo and by the other with the radical forces that
were fighting to fire the continent and the world with new totalitarian revolutions.
Kennedy couldn't see converted into reality his ideals of civil rights, his ideals of changes in migration politices to stimulate a more diverse
society, or to get the really challanging objective to win the space career or to spread the benefits of a better level of life to more Americans and
even to more inhabitants of neighbor friend countries, but he left the seeds that laterly made possibly for ulterior administrations to get some of
those goals in the best of the cases.
Rockefeller was a really interesting man, his career was in part linked with Politics, either as Governor or as a VicePresident, but of course also
always in connection with the great industrial capital, after all he was member of one of the most prominent families that made reality the American
Curiously both Kennedy and Rockefeller were labeled as rich guys that entered into politics with the help of their respective powerful families but
they were strongly compromised with the great social causes of the 1960's along their entire careers, trying to make reachable for more people the
American style of life and that it works in favor of all the social interests, either for the ones better accomodated or for the ones in more need.
It is a pitty among what was not reached of the proposals of these two leaders, that were in many occasions coincident in goals and projects, for
instance, their vision of what might be the economical development for Latin America to prevent the instability of the whole continent and to made of
it a democratic one.
The incapacity of the LBJ and Nixon Administrations to continue with the Alliance for Progress, that was a crucial program of the Kennedy
Administration, and that for about a decade received a lot of private support by the Rockefeller foundation, was sadly determinant to maintain the
social conoditions that contributed a lot to the instability of the Latin American continent.
It is not a coincidence or bad luck the arrival of fascist dictatorships on the 1970's and 1980's in almost all south America, it was the consequence
of a drastic change of vission in the external USA agenda, and laterly that same unsolved crisis boosted the arrival of even Marxist regimes in our
hemisphere, something really grave, as it happened in Nicaragua, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, or huge inner conflicts like that the civil war of
Salvador and the Columbian Violence.
thanks for your comment,
The Angel of Lightness
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