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Guest Opinion: Hijacked on the road to Camelot

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In the musical, Camelot, there is a song with the lyric, “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief shining moment, that was known as Camelot.” It was referring to a kingdom where knights swore allegiance to an idealistic monarch, Arthur, committed to a new world order of “might for right” replacing “might makes right.”

The Kennedy administration was referred to as Camelot; another idealistic man who went to the Berlin Wall and said, “Ich bin ein Berliner,” who declared, “… we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.”

He represented the optimism and hope embodied by the real name of the Statue of Liberty: “Liberty Enlightening the World.” That light attracted masses yearning to be free and inspired others to tear down walls, launch an Arab Spring, desperately cling to landing gear on a bird flying to freedom.

That light, like George Washington voluntarily abdicating all power, has been the inspiration for millions.........

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