Would The Modern Democratic Party Embrace JFK?
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Where our 35th president, John F. Kennedy warned against the spread of Communism in Cuba and encouraged hard work and the “American Dream,” the current Democratic Party is fighting for more and more government control and less freedom.
In the 60’s, JFK championed an across-the-board tax cut that he knew would lead to economic prosperity. Current presidential candidates are arguing for more taxes, in order to provide “free” college and healthcare, and loan forgiveness. This seems to contradict the views of Kennedy who said during his campaign, “I do not believe that Washington should do for the people what they can do for themselves through local and private effort.”
JFK understood the importance of equal opportunity, but also knew that that did not mean equal outcome. In a civil rights speech in 1963, JFK said “As I have said before, not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or an equal motivation, but they should have an equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.”
Our 35th president also took pride in American defense. He called for an increase the military budget of $650 million arguing “any potential aggressor contemplating an attack on any part of the Free World with any kind of weapons, conventional or nuclear, must know that our response will be suitable, selective, swift and effective. While we may be uncertain of its exact nature and location, there must be no uncertainty about our determination and capacity to take whatever steps are necessary to meet our obligations.” This is a stark difference from the current Democratic Party that openly yells at the Homeland Security secretary and compares ICE to the KKK.
The Democratic Party of today doesn’t seem to see the greatness in America that Kennedy saw. JFK came into office in an era of civil rights issues and the Cold War yet was still unwavering in his pride and excitement about what was to come in the future of our country. His final statement in his inaugural address is one that we should lead by today:
“Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”
It seems highly unlikely that JFK would recognize the Democratic party today.