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A New Year's Greeting to the Congress

by Edward Joseph Shoben, Jr. - 1964

When Congress convenes this month, two specters will haunt the chambers of the House and Senate. One will be the long and generous shadow of John F. Kennedy, which, although time may lighten it, will lie across the deliberations on Capitol Hill forevermore. The other will be the invisible but dangerously omnipresent black panther which leapt for a tragic moment out of the breasts of Lee Oswald and Jack Rubenstein to remind us that it lurks always, claws unsheathed, in the deepest layers of us all. The memory of the President binds us warmly to what is genial, courageous, and reasonable in the human condition; but if we are wise, we will not forget the fanged wildcat, the emblem of our capacity for hatred and violence and the impulse to raw and vicious vengeance.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 65 Number 4, 1964, p. 357-357
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2651, Date Accessed: 5/31/2020 1:18:07 PM

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