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JFK and the Tea Party

Posted by Steve Markowitz on October 21, 2013

It is often proffered that the mainstream media has morphed into a propaganda wing for Leftist politics in more recent years.  However, there is evidence that the Leftist bent of the media has been ongoing much longer, but perhaps previously in a more sophisticated and gentlemanly fashion.

The Boston Globe writer Jeff Jacoby has posted an interesting piece titled would “Democrats Embrace a JFK today?”  Jacoby points out that while Kennedy has been canonized by the Left after his assassination, his politics were anything but Leftist.

When John Fitzgerald Kennedy became the 35th president of the United States, he championed many policies that are today promoted by the Tea Party.  This included:

  • Across-the-board cuts of the personal and corporate tax rates.
  • Significantly cutting tariffs to promote international trade.
  • JFK once called city property taxes “confiscatory”.
  • As for big government programs, Kennedy said during his 1960 campaign: “I do not believe that Washington should do for the people what they can do for themselves through local and private effort.”
  • During his first inaugural address, Kennedy said: “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”  Just image a Leftist like Obama making such a statement.

Kennedy was also a proponent of a strong military.  As president he said: “We must refuse to accept a cheap, second-best defense“.  JFK significantly increased the military budget as a percentage of GDP.

In the decades since his assassination, the mainstream media has created the false narrative that Kennedy was a liberal.  This was a deceptive attempt to take advantage of JFK’s martyrdom legacy to promote the Leftist agenda.  However, JFK distanced himself from liberalism.

Look Magazine called JFK a “young, wealthy, and conservative John Fitzgerald Kennedy”.  During an interview in 1950s, Kennedy was challenged by the media concerning his “true liberal” credentials to which JFK replied: “I’d be very happy to tell them I’m not a liberal at all .…  I’m not comfortable with those people.”  FDR’s widow, Eleanor, went so far as to publicly state that she could not back Kennedy as the Party’s presidential nominee.

JFK’s ideology indeed had more in common with today’s Tea Party than what is now promoted by the radical Left Democratic Party headed by Barack Obama.  It is curious that JFK remains a hero of the Leftist media while the Tea Party only receives its scorn.  This bizarre abuse by the media says a lot about its disingenuous behavior.  The acquiescence of the academic intelligentsia to this dichotomy is one indication of its moral decline.

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