The Demand for Patriotism and Progress

More than a half-century ago, John F. Kennedy stood before a roaring crowd at the Capitol as he was sworn into office as president of the United States. To some eighty-million people watching across the country, his breath clear in the winter air, he delivered what would become one of the most famous lines of any inaugural address in history: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Fifty years have come and gone since…