President John F. Kennedy's "State of The Union"
Message to Congress on January 11, 1962
Douglas R. Voohrees, Democrat
[REFERENCE: This is a
leaflet sent to the Chief of Police,
Dade County supposedly by Douglas
January 25, 1962
Douglas R. Voohrees
307 N. E. 99th St.
Miami Shores, Fla.
COMMENTARY ON PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY'S "STATE OF THE
TO CONGRESS ON JANUARY 11, 1962
by Douglas R. Voohrees, Democrat
Castro, plus concrete, plus Katanga, equals no confidence.
I believe Mr. Kennedy's domestic policies mostly wrong and
his foreign policy
to be deadly wrong.
JFK 2nd paragraph: "Members of the Congress, the
Constitution makes us not
rivals for power but partners for progress. We are all
the American people, custodians of the American
heritage. It is my
task to report the state of the Union--to improve it is the
task of us all."
Mr. Kennedy proposes that in order to strengthen our economy
must provide my children with education, health, opportunity
for a good home,
a good job - and a good life. Show me in the
Constitution where Mr.
Kennedy or Congress has the power or ought to do the things
for me and my
children that I know very well I can do for myself - better
- and at less
cost. I want my children to be self-reliant, creative,
from the social planners. Liberty, as I understand it,
is freedom from
government. Decent and courageous men have not died in
the ages to protect and further this principle. Mr.
is utterly and totally inconsistent with the "American
Politicians taking false credits is an old story. The
expenditures which Mr. Kennedy got Congress to "stimulate"
our economy in
1961 will have to be paid for some day by my children.
Roosevelt's experience taught me that the Keynesian theory
of economics was
wrong - that governments cannot spend their way to
President Kennedy made six specific proposals:
1. Manpower Training and Development Act - more
bureaucracy and boondoggling
with my tax dollar.
2. Youth Employment Opportunities Act - even worse -
people to look to central government rather than themselves
just when they
are starting out in the world. This is not being a
good custodian of
the American heritage.
3. 8% tax credit for investment in machinery and
equipment.. Why no
28% Tax credit frees capital. Capital creates
jobs. Jobs create
wealth and nothing else does. Why isn't there a
specific plan to put
before Congress pertaining to depreciation allowances?
4 & 5. Presidential authority (power) to adjust personal
income tax rates
downward - and authority (power) to accelerate Federal and
capital improvement programs. I do no believe that any
one man should
have such power downward, upward, or sideways. Power
corrupts and absolute
power corrupts absolutely. Was Mr. Kennedy just
joshing when he said
that he and Congress are not rivals for power?
6. A permanent strengthening of our unemployment
compensation - time
extension - indefinite? How can the central government,
give-a-way of our tax dollars? How can they give away
our dollars without
first taking them from us by force - and then giving back to
us a shrunken
dollar (Less brokerage)? How can they continue to do
this in dozens
of different ways without causing the nation to go bankrupt
socialistic then communistic?
Remember the remarks of President James Madison when talking
about the power
of the Executive: "..its influence in dealing out offices,
honors, and emoluments
is multiplied; and all the means of SEDUCING the minds are
Is it any wonder that the founding fathers of this nation
wrote the Constitution
with full cognizance that the power of government is always
a dangerous weapon
in any hands?
Is there any part but one in the six proposals that Mr.
Kennedy made that
will inspire or give any incentive whatsoever for an
American to "make his
After talking about fighting inflation and urging business
and labor to use
"good sense", Mr. Kennedy wants a pay increase for
government employees -
the millions of them - to make their pay "more comparable to
those of private
industry". Let the social planners - this ‘ruling
elite' as they consider
themselves - continue on. Eventually, all Americans
will rather work
for the government than for private enterprise - and they
will be slaves
of the government. Doubt this? How successful
have the Communists
been in making "belonging to the party' a principal
instrument of their policy?
Without statesmen in government, private enterprise has no
chance of survival.
What validity has Mr. Kennedy's submission of a balanced
Federal budget for
fiscal 1963? New taxes - yes. But not one work about
expenditures. As the President said, he has certainly
taken up where
FDR left off - spend, spend, spend - tax, tax, tax, - elect,
Mr. Kennedy believes that "Getting American moving" consists
such n action as the creation of a "new Department of Urban
Affairs and Housing".
Since the logical development of suburban shopping centers
the downtown districts of cities have had to meet the
challenge - or decay.
The challenge ought to, has been, and can be met on the
But not according to the thinking of the ruling elite.
They want to
take our tax dollar, waste part of it, then redistribute it
on a basis of
favor and pressure groups. The great American Al Smith
said on January
25, 1936, "The next danger that is apparent to me is the
vast building up
of new bureaus of government, draining resources of our
people in a common
pool of redistributing them, not by any process of law, but
by the whim of
a bureaucratic autocracy." I am fearful that Mr.
Kennedy will next
be proposing a ‘new Department of Suburban Affairs'.
Why Mr. Kennedy cannot apparently see through the illogic
of his ‘do'gooder' advisers is beyond my
comprehension. Mr. Kennedy
said that we should take "heart" because of a "hopeful start
the farm surpluses". Imagine this. Reduce farm
surpluses in a hungry
world? And our leader expects us to be heartened by
The President says that there is much more to be done by the
Courts, and the Congress about Civil Rights. When will
leaders learn that they cannot legislate great
morality? The President
shows every evidence of having abandoned the philosophy of
and individual responsibility - reflected in the Bill of
Rights - that attracted
to this country millions of persons from the government
of Europe and the world - representing every color, race and
They were in search of personal freedom, not government
And as a direct result of the individual freedom specified
by our Constitution
and Bill of Rights, they EARNED the greatest degree of
security ever enjoyed
by any people anywhere.
The people OUTSIDE the government of this nation shall
or not "righteousness does exalt a nation". People INSIDE
by inflaming age old prejudices and hates by ‘rogressive'
laws and ‘popular'
court decisions can kill the spirit of this nation and its
In the first paragraph of Mr. Kennedy's address having to do
and Welfare" he clearly shows his misguided political
WE are not developing the Nation's wealth for its own
sake..All our material
riches will avail us little if WE do not use them to expand
of OUR people. "By my political action I am saying to the
MY WEALTH ALONE. I will promote my own opportunities
within the law.
I will pay taxes to support necessary government. The
balance of my
wealth I will spend or give away according to my choice -
And - I am not YOUR person. And when I get old I want
Mr. Kennedy to
know that I reduced my ‘beer' budget long ago and expect to
take care of
myself until I'm broke - and then I'll go on charity if I
At least I can say that I've been a man who tried to the
best of my ability
independently from any government.
In ‘promoting' the ‘general welfare' in Education, Mr.
Kennedy is joining
the Castro government in a "massive attack to end this adult
I know some illiterates whose judgment in some basic values
I trust more
than I do some of Mr. Kennedy's Harvard PHDs and Phi Bet
hope it was called to the attention of Mr. Kennedy how
Florida Banks have
followed other states in providing scholarship loans to
What happened to the proposal for a ‘Freedom Academy' - to
study the all
important aspects of psychological warfare? Why isn't
there a proposal
for a ‘Space Academy' to supplement our air, sea, and land
Mr. Kennedy says, "..and the policy of this administration
is to give to
the individual the opportunity to realize his own highest
How can Mr. Kennedy give me something I already have?
I know that if
the government becomes big and powerful enough to give me
it is also big and powerful enough to take everything from
of the implications of Mr. Kennedy's statement: "Our program
is to open to
all the opportunity for steady and productive employment, to
all the handicap of arbitrary and irrational exclusion, to
offer to all the
facilities for education and health and welfare, to make
society the servant
of the individual and the individual the source of progress,
and thus to
realize for all the full promise of American life."
Insignificant becomes the words of our President in regard
to domestic policies
leading to the welfare state when they are compared to what
he said in regard
to "elements in our foreign policy".
Mr. Kennedy suggests to our Congress that our whole problem
should be viewed
as a race between "education and catastrophe". He sees
the future as
"competition v/s annihilation" rather than "slavery vs
Kennedy makes it clear that he believes the overriding
threat in the world
today is nuclear war - not the bringing of all human thought
under the absolute
control of an aggressive tyrant. Nowhere does he
indicate that our
government should recognize the World Communist movement as
a ‘criminal conspiracy'
to be officially recognized as such. Rather he argues
is ready for a ‘one-world' government in a community of
nations which ought
to be free and independent states. He indicates that
the refusal to
take a risk does not give an avowed enemy a blank
check. It is evident
that he does not believe that loyalty follows
strength. Without mentioning
the atomic blackmail to which this nation has submitted he
insists that we
should rely on "hope" of the United Nations. He asks
us to believe
that on the record the United Nations has been a success -
that the United
Nations can and will succeed even though the greatest and
most subtle war
making power in the history of the world is firmly
entrenched within it.
In short, it appears to me that he believes that the
preservation of the
United Nations is more important than the preservation of
the United States
- House Resolution #226 to the contrary. He argues
that time is on
our side. He argues that psychological victories such
as Castro and
the wall in Berlin are evidence of how this nation should
continue to pursue
the foreign policy of ‘peaceful containment
coexistence'. Ever since
he endorsed the idea of trading tractors for Cuban
prisoners, it is evident
that Mr. Kennedy sees history as proof positive that
aggressive tyrants mellow
and can be stopped by showing weakness and cowardice.
He asks that
our tax money be used to buy $100,000,000.00 worth of U.N.
Bonds - after
the U.N. has been given every chance but failed to succeed
in its primary
purpose "to unite our strength to maintain international
peace and security..".
He does not recognize the United Nations as a self-defeating
what should be our foreign policy- Victory over World
does not recognize his new Department for Arms Control and
like trying to play a football and a baseball game on the
same field at the
same time. He says the use of force is dangerous and
that we must break
the logjam on disarmament and nuclear tests. Because
he is Commander-in-Chief
of our armed forces should an American be fearful that he
will decide the
time and place to turn our nuclear weapons and limited war
the U.N.? All this he advocate with full knowledge
that to divorce
force from diplomacy causes our power to have no purpose and
to have no force.
I do not believe that the heritage of liberty is convertible
I do not believe I can buy loyal friends. Yet Mr.
Kennedy argues that
our Foreign Aid program is not like throwing good money
He does not mention that some ‘sovereign nations are at
least 1000 years
behind us in concept of government of, by, and for the
people. He tries
to make us believe that the peace Corps is an effective
the most superbly organized bunch of International Gangsters
in the world.
He tries to make us believe that it is in the best interests
of the United
States for the newly unified Agency for International
Development to emphasize
long term development loans to countries which may or may
not be socialistic.
By his actions, it is apparent that Mr. Kennedy does not
believe that the
Communists have the psychological know-how and are fast
getting the military
might to "bury us". He evidently thinks Kruschev was
lying when he
(Kruschev) said; "We assist their elected leaders in giving
doses of Socialism, until t hey suddenly awake to find they
Mr. Kennedy said that in Berlin he was prepared to
Then he states that the use of force is dangerous. I
fail to see any
mention of what might happen when Russia signs a separate
peace treaty with
East Germany. I believe that it is his intention to
have the Berlin
issue settled in the United Nations - which of course would
position in the whole western world - and destroy
NATO. He did say
that NATO is broadening from its original military purpose
and will use diplomacy
(from which force is divorced). He said that aid,
trade, and monetary
affairs are the proper concern of NATO. I should be
heartened by this
development which Mr. Kennedy says will grow like a coral
reef - which incidentally
takes centuries to develop to the size of, say, a three
Mr. Kennedy argues in effect that we are not over-extended
over committed in foreign aid. He says that
persistently large deficits
in our balance of payments would endanger our economic
growth and our military
and defense commitments abroad. But he argues that we
can afford deficits
now and should raise the national debt limit. He says
that we should
join the European Common Market and reduce our tariff, and
makes the most
astounding statement; "We must not let local economic
pressures in the United
States hold us back." Not one word does he say of the
wage differentials between us and other countries, to say
nothing of taxes
and free trade unionism. He says the central
government should "..provide
for appropriate and tested forms of assistance to firms and
to import competition". Just what "appropriate and
of my tax money does Mr. Kennedy have in mind?
I believe that personal freedom cannot exist without
I believe that the federal government should not try to
manage my personal
affairs and therefore I oppose government ‘guaranteed' and
I submit that I have been losing my American heritage.
I have been
contributing to the losing of our own Revolution of 1776 -
through my own
weaknesses. I have voted for candidates who have
promised me special
privileges, government pensions and subsidies, and who have
handled our foreign
policy in an unbroken chain of miserable defeats.
Now, I intend to be one of the 51% of the voters who will
decide my fate
and to do all within my power to help elect officials who
share my philosophy
of constitutional government.
Better brave than slave.
Douglas R. Voohrees
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