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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Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 30, 2010
John Kennedy is considered an icon of the modern Democrat Party by many. This is a romantic view of Kennedy, rather than an understanding of his political philosophies.
While much publicity by the media has focused on fringe groups in the Republican Party, it is the Democrat Party that has actually been hijacked by radicals. A proof statement for this conclusion is the way President Kennedy viewed one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson. During a White House dinner in for his cabinet and others on his team, Kennedy said: “This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”
Kennedy was educated on the writings of Jefferson, unlike today’s Ivy League intellects who only discus the fact that Jefferson owned slaves. Let us review a few of Jefferson’s conclusions that made him so insightful:
“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe.”
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes: a principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property – until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.’
Should any one of these quotes be made today by S. Palin, D. Chaney, R. Paul or other Republican, the press would brand them as radical. Should a politician quote them in mass, their compassion would be questioned, as well as their intellect. It would be interesting to hear how the spin makers on the Left would interpret Kennedy’s view of Jefferson. It’s ironic that such views today would certainly get Kennedy bounced from the party for which he became an icon.
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