Thursday, March 22, 2018

Camelot Essay

       John F. Kennedy’s Presidency has been referred to as “Camelot”  due to his similarities to King Arthur. JFK was the U.S president in the 1960's, his legacy was looked upon with promise as was Arthur’s reign in England. Some of the attributes of these two leaders encompass similarities within their political, social and marital relationships. The basis for this comparison lies in their views.
     Both JFK and Arthur shared a common trait of being idealists. They wanted democracy, were for the people and shot for big goals. King Arthur states his idealistic, moral and political views in this quote, “This is the oath of a Knight of King Arther's Round Table and should be for all of us to take to heart. I will develop my life for the greater good. I will place character above riches, and concern for others above personal wealth, I will never boast, but cherish humility instead, I will speak the truth at all times, and forever keep my word, I will defend those who cannot defend themselves, I will honor and respect women, and refute sexism in all its guises, I will uphold justice by being fair to all, I will be faithful in love and loyal in friendship, I will abhor scandals and gossip-neither partake nor delight in them, I will be generous to the poor and to those who need help, I will forgive when asked, that my own mistakes will be forgiven, I will live my life with courtesy and honor from this day forward.” 
― King ArthurLe Morte d'Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table.
       An example of JFK’s idealism is found in his support of the space program and his lofty goal to make America the first country to land on the moon by the end of the decade. This quote exemplifies his true democratic principles,  “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  Both men also had influential wives; Jackie Kennedy can be compared to Guinevere in this manner because both had an impact on political decisions.
       These two idealists had big dreams and ideas but sadly not all of them could be met. Both stories have their tragedies as well as victories. JFK living out the myth of King Arthur in reality makes him a legend.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Capitalism vs Socialism vs Communism

 Three of the most common government systems are Capitalism, Socialism and Communism to decide which of these three government systems is the most rational and efficient we will dissect each one listing their pros and cons. Starting with Capitalism, a system in which trade and industry are owned by private companies rather than by the state which allows economic freedom and growth and favors the choice of the consumer. However in the hands the wrong people capitalism can become imbalanced. Socialism is the segue from Capitalism into Communism. Both Communism and Socialism are when trade and industry are regulated by the government which looks good on paper but doesn’t take the individual consumer into account. Taking these statements into account I can concur that Capitalism is the most rational system.