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.
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961
A reminder that U.S. politics was not always such a dystopian affair. As the Chinese proverb goes, the times truly call forth heroes.