Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Conscientious Objection and Catholic Thought

"War will exist until the distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige as the warrior does today," said John F. Kennedy, one-time member of the America First Committee, "the largest popular antiwar organization in U.S. history" as Bill Kauffman likes to remind us, a quote that comes to mind reading Stepehn Hand's informative post — The Development of Conscientious Objection to Unjust Wars in Catholic Thinking.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Kennedy is the last Democrat who represented a strain of Burkean conservatism in government. He right to the Right of Nixon in 1960 and was friends with Barry Goldwater. Before his death, Goldwater gave an interview where he discussed their plans for the 1964 campaign -- they planned to, in part, campaign together, speaking and debating each other on the issues of the day. Sad that such a campaign never materialized.

I am not a conspiracy theorist when it comes to Kennedy's assassination. His death was a tragic ending of a hopeful recovery of a realistic foreign policy for the United States, built on strength but also on an acknowledgment of the limitations of U.S. power. And that included, for Kennedy, American military power.

At home, his death marked the end of a moderate and in some respects conservative approach to public policy within the Democratic Party. After him, the ideologues of the Left would take control of the Democratic Party, leaving an opening for Nixon to stage his comeback in 1968 -- with disastrous consequences for the country in the long-run.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I am a conspiracy analyst when it comes to the Kennedy assassination, and I say your comments are spot on, especially welcoming your suggestion that he "represented a strain of Burkean conservatism in government."

I wholeheartedly recommend Cathoilic theologian James Douglass's JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters as one of the most important books I've ever read.

Especially moving was the speculation as to the role Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, in his 36 hours of life, may have played in the salvation of humankind from nuclear holocaust.

9:29 PM  

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