One of the greatest speeches in American history, John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, was delivered 50 years ago today in a blizzardy Washington, DC. The torch was passed to a new generation of Americans and the Civil Rights movement, the Cuban Missile Crisis, LBJ’s expansion of the Vietnam War, JFK’s own nation-shattering assassination and those of Martin Luther King and Bobbie Kennedy, the shooting of George Wallace, “One small step for a man…,” Chicago 2008, the resurrection of Richard Nixon, Peaceniks and Free Love and Kent State, Watergate and the long, tortured path America has taken from then to now began.

“My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America can do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of mankind.”

Long time gone.