Profiles in Courage, “1st Ed.”

28 Apr

jfk_profilesincourageInspired by the works and writings of two of my political heroes, John and Robert Kennedy, today I offer up the first installment in a new series of posts we’ll aptly refer to as “Profiles in Courage.”

I hope readers will come to enjoy this new effort to specifically highlight powerful quotes and recent rhetoric in the news attributed to great leaders from across the political spectrum that are strengthening the notions of accessible democracy and responsible citizenship — the pillars of The Project Manifesto.

To get started, it only seems fitting to begin with one of my favorite quotes from then-Senator Kennedy’s “Profile in Courage” memoir which really sums up our goals more artfully than I can:

“In a democracy, every citizen, regardless of his interest in politics, ‘holds office’; every one of us is in a position of responsibility, and, in the final analysis, the kind of government we get depends upon how we fulfill those responsibilities. We, the people, are the boss, and we will get the kind of political leadership, be it good or bad, that we demand and deserve.” – John F. Kennedy

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