" Throughout the years, down to the present, a devotion to fundamental religious principles has characterized American thought and action."
" Today these basic religious ideas are challenged by atheism and materialism: at home in the cynical philosophy of many of our intellectuals, abroad in the doctrine of collectivism, which sets up the twin pillars of atheism and materialism as the official philosophical establishment of the State.
Inspired by a deeply religious sense, this country, which has ever been devoted to the dignity of man, which has ever fostered the growth of the human spirit, has always met and hurled back the challenge of those deathly philosophies of hate and despair. We have defeated them in the past; we will always defeat them."
"May God grant that, at some distant date, on this day, and on this platform, the orator may be able to say that these are still the great qualities of the American character and that they have prevailed." -- John F. Kennedy July 4th 1946
JFK believed that "collectivism" in all it's forms, is a "deathly philosophy of hate and despair." Collectivism or Socialism or Communism, no matter its name, always ends in the despair of its people. In this speech, Kennedy notes that the attact from Socialism, at the time, came from abroad; imagine his disapointment had he lived to see that attact, today, comming from within the very halls of the United States Congress!
A program, run by the Federal government, of nationalized health care, which seeks to "redistribute" care from those who, currently, have it, to those who do not, will end in the same kind of despair.
JFK said that up until that point ( in 1946 ) we had always defeated the philosphies of death and despair, we must hope he was right when he said "and we always will!"