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Feb 21, 2016

Almost Heaven In A Box, JFK's Speech To The Press

Almost Heaven In A Box-
Last year I discovered something amazing in the Trader Joe's freezer section- frozen croissants! I bought some one the chocolate ones and they were amazing. The trick is this- you leave them out to rise for eight hours before baking. It's easy to set them out before you go to bed at night, or in the morning. They rise huge and puffy then come out brown, flaky and delish! They also have almond. At $1.00 each they're awesome! And lots of chocolate in there too, more than others I've bought from a bakery. For those of us who don't make then from scratch it's a great alternative.

big and puffy!

JFK's Speech To The Press-
I was a child when JFK was assassinated. At the time I didn't really understand who he was, with all of his incredible gifts, and sad personal choices. I heard this a year or two ago and decided to post it here. This riveting speech was given before the American Newspaper Publishers Association on April 27, 1961. It's also on YouTube if you'd rather here it in his voice. I can't think of any politician who would support this now-

“Ladies and gentlemen. 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 decided long ago, that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweigh the dangers which are cited to justify it.

Even today, there is little value in opposing the thread of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in assuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.

That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it’s in my control. And no official of my administration whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes, or to withhold from the press or the public the facts they deserve to know.

For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and 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. It’s mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.

No President should fear public scrutiny of his program. For from that scrutiny comes understanding, and from that understanding comes support or opposition, and both are necessary. I’m not asking your newspapers to support an administration. But I am asking your help in the tremendous task of informing and alerting the American people. For I have complete confidence in the response and dedication of our citizens whenever they are fully informed.

I not only could not stifle controversy among your readers, I welcome it. This administration intends to be candid about its errors. For as a wise man once said, an error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it. We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors. And we expect you to point them out when we miss them.

Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker, Solon, decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.

That is why our press was protected by the First Amendment, the only business in America specifically protected by the Constitution, not primarily to amuse and to entertain, not to emphasis the trivial and the sentimental, not to simply give the public what it wants, but to inform, to arouse, to reflect, to state our dangers and our opportunities, to indicate our crisis and our choices, to lead, mold, educate and sometimes even anger public opinion.

This means greater coverage and analysis of international news, for it is no longer far away and foreign, but close at hand and local. It means greater attention to improve the understanding of the news as well as improve transmission. And it means finally that government at all levels must meet its obligation to provide you with the fullest possible information outside the narrowest limits of national security.

And so it is to the printing press, to the recorder of man’s deeds, the keeper of his conscience, the courier of his news, that we look for strength and assistance. Confident that with your help, man will be what he was born to be, free and independent."


Candy C. said...

JFK was a great president and taken from us too soon. Those were wise words.
On a lighter note, the croissants sound heavenly!! :)

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes her was quite the statesman. Yes they're light an flakey, a great snack!

Susan said...

Makes you wonder how we could have sunk so low on the presidential (hopeful) front. He was a great statesman, indeed. I think that chocolate croissants are my favorite thing in the world!

Little Homestead In Boise said...

Yes, I think it's all about political influence and money and control now sadly

1st Man said...

I am so going to try these! There is a new TJ's near my office, and I'm learning the good things. Thanks!!!

Leigh said...

Hi Nancy, I found your comment at my author blog the other day. I blog there so little and receive so few comments that I don't check it very often! I went to write another blog post and there it was. Thank you!

I was also very interested that you consider writing your own book. I love that! I'm clueless about working with a traditional publishing house, but if you ever have any questions about self-publishing, ask away!

Oh, and about those croissants; you won me over with "chocolate."

Little Homestead In Boise said...

1st man- they have tons of great items! I also love their french tarts with our own eggs on top!

Thanks Leigh, good to know~~~