This post was originally published last year – July of 2015, but it’s message is even more important now, one year later and in the heat of the race for the White House. The Democrat Party has not just shifted left, there has been a seismic leap to the left and their disastrous policies have pushed our nation down a path of ruin. It’s up to us to stop the madness.
If JFK were alive today would he be a Republican? I don’t know—but I’m sure he wouldn’t be happy with the Democratic Party! President John F. Kennedy promoted people serving their country. Today the Democratic Party is all about how much money and entitlements they can give away. But they’re not giving away their own money—they’re giving away your money. Many university students are clamoring to vote for Bernie Sanders because he promises to give free everything. I wish every one of those students would listen to JFK’s 1961 inauguration speech. And I wish our politicians and our leaders would challenge young people as President Kennedy did: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
Nothing compares to what God has done for this country. America has been blessed more than any other nation on earth. The freedoms and the liberties we enjoy have come from God and His bountiful blessings—May God bless America again!
“We in this country . . . are—by destiny rather than choice—the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility . . . and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, goodwill toward men. That must always be our goal, and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago, “Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” —John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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Is President Kennedy Now a Conservative Republican?
Kennedy Democrats No Longer Exist
Democrats rarely quote Kennedy, the great visionary of the American presidency, nowadays. This is because JFK has gone conservative Republican. Let us evaluate JFK’s legacy.
The Kennedy Tax-Cut Stimulus
Rather than government regulation and overtaxation of the economy, Kennedy utilized the tax code to incentivize economic expansion. At lower tax rates, the economy expanded, and collections into the treasury actually increased! Ronald Reagan saw how this “supply-side” incentive worked and repeated its success. (Read more here: http://eaglerising.com/8311/tax-cuts-best-way-stimulate-american-economy/.)
Kennedy’s Vision of Contribution
Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” (Read Kennedy’s inspirational inauguration address: http://www.powerfulwords.info/speeches/John_F_Kennedy/5.htm.) Kennedy had no plan to bribe minorities for their votes by instituting entitlement programs. It took a racist President Johnson to create the new “plantation system” of institutionalized dependency and poverty to weaken the work ethic among minority groups, robbing them of freedom and converting the majority into Democrat-Party dependents. To quote President Johnson: “I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” (Read about Johnson’s racism here: http://clashdaily.com/2014/03/allen-west-lbj-ill-nggers-voting-democratic-next-200-years/.) Kennedy never would have advocated a program that tempts minorities into what Allen West calls the “collective subjugation and individual slavery” of government dependency.
Kennedy on Civil Rights
Kennedy did not vote for the Civil Rights Act of 1957, but this was because he was vying for the presidential nomination of a political party dominated by racists whom he could ill-afford to offend. (It is seldom reported nowadays that it was Eisenhower who signed the GOP’s 1960 Civil Rights Act, after it had withstood a 125-hour filibuster by 18 Senate Democrats; nor is it widely known that LBJ signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act after a 14-hour filibuster by former Klansman Robert Byrd, a Democrat supported by 22 other Democrats.)
Kennedy’s speech on June 11, 1963, was a turning point for America on civil rights, although his efforts to fully realize his agenda were cut short by his assassination. Kennedy was inspirational and inclusive: “This nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. . . . In short, every American ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated.” (Read Kennedy’s speech here: http://millercenter.org/president/speeches/speech-3375.)
Kennedy on Religious Freedom
Kennedy said these words that no Democrat today would utter: “[T]he same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.” In contrast to Kennedy’s reverence for higher moral principles and the universal freedom for all posited by the American founding, Obama, when reciting the Gettysburg Address, left out any reference to God. In the original, Lincoln concluded “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.” But Obama left out “under God.” (Read about Obama’s startling omission: http://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2013/11/19/obama-removes-god-from-gettysburg-address/.)
Moments after Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa gaveled in day two of the 2012 Democratic Convention, a boisterous delegation voted on a platform amendment to reverse the deletion of “God” and of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Villaraigosa thrice called the vote. The first two voice votes, requiring a two-thirds majority to pass, had “ayes” audibly outnumbering “nos” and, at any rate, nowhere close, in anyone’s ear, to achieving a two-to-one majority. On the third vote, Villaraigosa got the same result and, thus, chose to call out, “The ayes have it!” Loud booing erupted. (Behold the commotion here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/05/dnc-god-jerusalem-platform_n_1859200.html.) It is beyond argument to say JFK never would have allowed an anti-God, anti-Semitic platform, in the first place. To quote JFK: “I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish . . . where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all. For while this year it may be a Catholic against whom the finger of suspicion is pointed, in other years it has been, and may someday be, again, a Jew—or a Quaker or a Unitarian or a Baptist. It was Virginia’s harassment of Baptist preachers, for example, that helped lead to Jefferson’s statute of religious freedom. Today I may be the victim, but tomorrow it may be you—until the whole fabric of our harmonious society is ripped at a time of great national peril.” (See more of Kennedy’s remarks here: http://usliberals.about.com/od/faithinpubliclife/a/KennedyReligion.htm.)
Kennedy said this about America’s Jewish allies: “Israel was not created in order to disappear—Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.” (Read more: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=74217.) Contrast this with Hillary Clinton’s lie about the Jewish State, calling it an “occupying force in Palestine.” (Read more: http://conservativetribune.com/clinton-attacks-israel-conquerors/.)
Free Speech and a Responsible Press
In an address given before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, on April 20, 1961, Kennedy said, “The President of a great democracy such as ours, and the editors of great newspapers such as yours, owe a common obligation to the people: an obligation to present the facts, to present them with candor, and to present them in perspective.” (Read more here: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=8076.) President Kennedy would be horrified by today’s corrupt journalism that omits stories about the high crimes and misdemeanors of impeachable politicians. JFK would have been horrified by a president who, as a puppet of a communist billionaire (George Soros) and an anti-Semitic dictatorship (in Iran), actively orchestrates the destruction of American dissident opposition and its rights of free speech and press. (Read here: http://www.infowars.com/media-matters-boss-admit-soros-funded-group-works-to-destroy-alternative-media/.)
Peace through Strength
President Kennedy once said, “It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.” Today, JFK would be called a “warmonger” by Democrats for his words. This idea provided the foundation of Reagan’s policy of “Peace through Strength.” (Read JFK’s comments here: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=25654.) JFK believed in preserving America’s military might as a force for good, not in destroying it by dismantling its most effective weapon programs. (Read about Obama’s elimination of programs: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/mar/25/obama-kill-navys-tomahawk-hellfire-missile-program/.)
JFK and the Second Amendment
In an age when the Islamic State (aka ISIS) is camped out near the US border, JFK’s statement, of April 1960, is more prescient now than ever: “By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia’, the ‘security’ of the nation, and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms’, our Founding Fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. Although it is extremely unlikely that the fears of governmental tyranny which gave rise to the Second Amendment will ever be a major danger to our nation, the Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships, in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason, I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.” (Verify here: http://quotes.liberty-tree.ca/quote/john_f._kennedy_quote_b160.) On March 20, 1961, JFK accepted a Life Membership in the National Rifle Association.
Kennedy’s legacy embraces the principles of America’s Founders. Kennedy believed every American was entitled to the same Constitutional rights. Kennedy would have viewed the current-day movement by Democrats to dismantle the Constitution as unpatriotic at best and treacherous at worst. Ruling by executive fiat is the temptation of tyrants everywhere, and the surrender of rights to a government that promises protection in exchange is both dangerous and un-American. Kennedy opposed such notions, as do today’s conservative Republicans. And America could only benefit by a thorough study on the part of its citizens of Kennedy’s life and of his ideas on freedom.
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