PHILLIPS: Kennedy, the last patriotic Dem President with Tea Party ideas

Would JFK have been a member of the Tea Party? Photo: AP

WASHINGTON, November 22, 2013 — For baby boomers, it is hard to believe that fifty years have passed since a sunny Friday afternoon in November 1963, when America changed.

The oldest of the baby boomers were in their last year of high school. They were thinking about Thanksgiving, their final year of high school, college or the draft and for most, a place called Viet Nam was not yet a major concern.

Something else has changed since that fateful day in Dallas, fifty years ago today.

What is it?

The myth of Camelot was created, and then spun. The myth has followed Democrats ever since then. Since then, every Democrat President elected has been the smartest, if not the coolest guy ever to sit in the Oval Office.

While it couldn’t really work with Lyndon Johnson, when Jimmy Carter got into office, he was touted as the smartest.

With Bill Clinton and now Barack Obama, the spin meisters on the left have created the rock star presidency in the image of the myth of Camelot.

The myth today is that John F. Kennedy was a liberal. His brothers, Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy certainly were. Ted Kennedy was undeniably a left wing radical, who in the 1980’s approached the Soviet Union, our enemy at the time, about getting their help to defeat Ronald Reagan.

The funny thing is, if you listen to the speeches of John F. Kennedy he could be a member of the Tea Party today. In his inauguration, he asked Americans to ask not what their country could do for them but what they could do for their country. In that same inauguration address, he said

“And yet the 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.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

No Democrat would ever give that speech today. None of them believe it. 

John F. Kennedy was a conservative and a patriot. He loved America. He was arguably the last patriotic Democrat President. 

Kennedy called for and got, not tax hikes but tax cuts. He used the same arguments that Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush would use decades later. Kennedy stood up to the Soviets when they tried to put nuclear missiles in Cuba and he stood against the communist expansion in Southeast Asia.

He inspired America to do the impossible. That was to go to the moon before the 1960’s ended and bring a man safely back.

Since Kennedy’s death, the Democrats have worked overtime to transform a patriotic American who was a conservative, into a liberal icon. John F. Kennedy was not a liberal, contrary to what the Democrats say today.

When Barack Obama went to put a wreath at John F. Kennedy’s grave at Arlington, Bill and Hillary Clinton went with him. There were no Republicans invited. Much was the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech that was transformed into a Republican free event; the left has tried to do the same with Kennedy.

Today, those children of the early 1960’s are grey-haired grandparents. Many have retired and are pensioners. American has changed over the last fifty years. 

Some of it was for the better, much of it for the worse. Had John F. Kennedy not been assassinated, and had instead served two terms, one has to wonder if the Democrat Party would have taken the hard left turn it did in the late 60’s. 

Today we mark fifty years since a young American President was slain. 

We should remember him but more importantly remember what he really was, and not just what the liberal propaganda machine wants us to believe.


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Judson Phillips

Judson Phillips is the founder of Tea Party Nation, one of the largest Tea Party Groups in the country and the number one national tea party site on the Internet.

A lawyer by profession, Judson has been involved in politics since his teens. “Ronald Reagan inspired me,” he says.

Judson became involved in the Tea Party movement in February 2009 after hearing Rick Santelli’s rant on CNBC.   “I heard there was going to be a Tea Party in Chicago inspired by Santelli, but didn’t know if anyone was doing a rally in Nashville where I was based.  Finally I emailed Michelle Malkin and asked her if there was a Tea Party in Nashville.  Malkin sent an email back saying, ‘No, why don’t you organize one?’  I did.”

The first Tea Party in Nashville was held late February 2009 which drew a crowd of about 600. Judson then organized the Tax Day Tea Party in Nashville, which drew over 10,000 people into downtown.   It was at this time that Tea Party Nation was formed.  Later that year, Judson decided to bring activists from across the country together, so he organized the first National Tea Party Convention in February 2010, which featured Alaska’s former Governor and Republican Vice Presidential Nominee, Sarah Palin as it’s keynote speaker.

He currently manages the Tea Party Nation website, writes several daily columns and is working on more projects than any one person should.  He is a frequent guest on cable and broadcast news shows, including on Fox, MSNBC, CNN and others.

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