Mike Mansfield, the Democratic Senate Majority Leader from Montana, delivered that eulogy on November 24, 1963, as President Kennedy’s casket lay in state in the Capitol rotunda, saying, “He gave that we might give of ourselves, that we might give to one another until there would be no room, no room at all, for the bigotry, the hatred, prejudice, and the arrogance which converged in that moment of horror to strike him down.”
Mike Mansfield sensed profound trouble ahead for this country, but he expressed hope in those last few sentences.
And so it is today as we all look around with dismay at the troubles ahead —-53 years later. This nation is at a crossroads, but we do have a tradition of finding peaceful ways to solve problems together. Mansfield’s words are still powerful.
Editor’s note: Eileen and I were in D.C. that November. She stood in line all night that Sunday at the rotunda with her roommate and one other GWU coed. So many people found it necessary and meaningful to join that throng.
Hopefully, with the election ahead in 2 days, the next President will find “the sense, the responsibility and the courage” to apply those “gifts” to do what is best for all of us in America the Beautiful.
—Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger
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