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Inaugural Post: An Inaugural Address

May 28, 2015

 
Inaugural Post:
An Inaugural Address
 
When contemplating my first post for what I aspire to work into a widely read and highly influential blog, I finally came to the conclusion that I should begin with one of my original inspirations behind building WiseFool into a global force for good in the first place. 
 
Fittingly, tis the same inspiration behind my personal favorite piece from my latest line, the recently released WiseFool Americana Collection, which comprises several of my original prints on both Cloth and Canvas.  Just as fittingly, tis his 99th birthday!
 
For my collection, I made use of several images borrowed from the United States Library of Congress, and the Public Domain in general, to create wearable and hangable art with a message.  I'll leave that message up to the eye of the beholder for now.  Maybe a later post will explain more, but until then, let's get on with the first of hopefully many:
 
John F. Kennedy, "JFK"
35th President of the United States
Vissionary, Bringer of Hope, Wise Fool
 
JFK, born on May 29, 1916, served as the 35th U.S. President until his assassination on November 22, 1963.  To date, the only Irish Catholic and Pulitzer Prize winning President, it's no wonder he boasted the gift of gab as a more-than-silver-tongued orator. 
 
It's also no wonder that several of the speeches from his short term as President have gone down in history as the most iconic coming forth from the mouth of any President.  My favorite among the bunch?  His first official words as "leader of the free world."
 
Without further ado, as my inaugural post, an excerpt from JFK's inaugural address:
 
John F. Kennedy
Inaugural Address
January 20, 1961
Washington, D.C.
 
"Now the trumpet summons us again—not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need;not as a call to battle, though embattled we are—but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"—a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.
 
Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it.
 
I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
 
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
 
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
 
Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.
 
Words of Wisdom to remember, no matter what God, Nation, or Tribe you call your own.  A sentiment that echoes on even today, and one I'm proud to keep in mind as I set forth to launch the WiseFool Revolution.
 
Thanks for reading!
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Danny Colt Collins
Founder, WiseFool
 
The "JFK" Tee worn by @maxgxxf
Photo: Rebecca Harkness

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