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Where Are the Kennedys?

JFK's speech is inspiring, a bipartisan support for growing food and jobs for Americans. Why do we no longer hear this from the Democrats?

Apr 12, 2012

 

Families Protecting The Valley Newsletter
VOLUME 4 ISSUE 20

APRIL 12 2012

 

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Where Are the Kennedys?

There's something about this article that sticks out, something that we wouldn't see today. You have President John F. Kennedy, a Democrat, and Representative B. F. Sisk, a Democrat, and Governor Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, a Democrat, working together to build a water project. What's wrong with this picture? JFK's speech is inspiring, a bipartisan support for growing food and jobs for Americans. Why do we no longer hear this from the Democrats? So much of what JFK said that day is applicable today. It would be nice to hear from some of our leaders what we heard from him that day, that new water storage was for the betterment of our Valley, our State, our Nation, and for all around the world who are fed by the agricultural bounty produced.

Democrats still talk about the great leadership of Governor "Pat" Brown and everyone's favorite President JFK. They talk about them, but they're nothing like them.

At the bottom of the article there's a link to see the video. We recommend that you take a few minutes to watch.



 

That special summer day a half-century ago when President Kennedy "blew up" our Valley

By Jim Boren


We are approaching the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy coming to the San Joaquin Valley and breaking ground on the San Luis Dam project. On Aug. 18, 1962, Kennedy helicoptered to the dam site west of Los Banos, gave a speech about the importance of investing in water projects and then hit a plunger setting off a dynamite charge.


"It is a pleasure for me to come out here and help blow up this Valley," Kennedy told the cheering audience.


Water projects don't just happen, Kennedy said prior to the groundbreaking. "They are made to happen." The president also praised the entire state for working together to make California more productive by building the water project. That statement would be instructional for today's California, which is at odds over sharing water.


During his speech, Kennedy pointed out that Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown and Rep. B.F. Sisk, D-Fresno, were instrumental in making the San Luis project a reality. The San Luis Dam will make the Valley better, Kennedy said. That will make California and the United States better.


"And what this project also symbolizes the state government working with the federal goverment, the local community working with the state," Kennedy told the crowd. "This program is unique in this area. There is no other project in the history of the United States where a state has put in such a large contribution to the development of its own resources and where the national government has joined with the state."


The benefits that will come from this water project are "unique and special," Kennedy said.


You can view Kennedy's San Luis speech by clicking here for a YouTube video.


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