The Vision of Kennedy Compared to Obama

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Obama vs. Kennedy

Barack Obama used his campaign to gain the presidency by infusing into our beliefs that he was the next John F. Kennedy.So I thought it would be interesting to follow the men through their election campaign, their inherited problems in taking office, their ideas, and their agendas.

"We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier, the Frontier of the 1960's, a Frontier of unknown opportunities and perils, a frontier of unfilled hopes and threats." — John F. Kennedy, Democratic Acceptance Speech, 1960

We cannot meet 21st Century challenges with a 20th Century bureaucracy. Barack Obama, Nomination Acceptance Speech, 08-28-08

John F. Kennedy had a very different idea of liberal thought than does Barrack Obama. What is the frontier in which Kennedy refers? The spread of Democracy? To battle the Cold War and avoid nuclear disaster? Kennedy understood democracy and what it could do around the World. Kennedy saw the effects of socialist governments and communist governments. And Kennedy sent a country to war to defend democracy against communism.

Barack Obama's quote above seems to be saying that we can no longer meet global needs with our "bureaucracy." So is he speaking of bureaucracy or democracy that we must "change" in order to meet 21st Century needs? Obama not only does not understand the importance of keeping a republic and the spread of democracy as did Kennedy, he ultimately wants to instill systems that resemble the governments in which Kennedy fought to destroy.

The ideologies of these two figures couldn't be much more contrasting it becomes mind numbing as to why the comparison was ever made.

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

Kennedy was a realist. Kennedy lived within the realm of reality and believed in the truth. Kennedy knew that their existed a World in which we hoped there was peace, but indeed there were not. His policies offered real solutions to real problems.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics. They will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We've been asked to pause for a reality check; we've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. Barack Obama, New Hampshire Democratic Primary Speech, 01-08-08

President Obama seems to live in the blissful world of oblivion where with enough hope things will be "willed" to work. Hallucinogenic filled visions in which the reality of the policies are not recognized just the blissful thinking that if they could work without creating national debt and higher taxes wouldn't it be great. Everyone could where white robes and go be healed with the best medical care the World has ever seen with no expenses in a perfect World that may work. I might have even heard of that place somewhere in the Bible. But "Hope" is not enough to make health care work Mr. Obama unless we plan on stealing a lot of wealth.

...probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone.

This was a quote in which Kennedy refers to the genius of Jefferson. Jefferson in my opinion is the grass roots of conservatism, and Kennedy admired the man who fought most his life for the power of the republic and individual rights and preached against "big government." If Jefferson were alive today to see what Barrack Obama is doing to his republic he would probably be considered a right wing extremist and birthist by CNN, and be discarded as a crazy person. He may have been so far right that he would use his 2nd amendment right to organize militias to over throw any government which has become to powerful.

And my favorite quote of the 20th Century;

And so, my fellow americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961

"If there's a child on the south side of Chicago who can't read, that matters to me, even if it's not my child. If there's a senior citizen somewhere who can't pay for their prescription, who has to choose between medicine and the rent, that makes my life poorer - even if it's not my grandparent. If there's an Arab-American or Mexican-American family being rounded up by John Ashcroft without benefit of an attorney or due process, I know that that threatens my civil liberties. And I don't have to be a woman to be concerned that the Supreme Court is trying to take away a woman's right, because I know that my rights are next. It is that fundamental belief - I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper - that makes this country work."
Barack Obama

Are you serious America in 40 years we have went from "ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country" to "I am my sisters keeper?" Which translates to "the taxpayers are our sisters keeper." We have one great American President who is asking his people to achieve greatness, and the other promoting the idea that if we can not do it, he is our keeper. "If you are unable to take care of yourself, whether or not you are capable or just don't care, I am your keeper. If you sneak into this country illegally you have the rights of a citizen and should be granted Constitutional rights of due process. Let me try to even translate this quote further.People who cannot get medicine makes his (Barack Obama) life poorer, so he is going to implement health care so that this illiterate child in Chicago becomes poorer just by breathing. As an eventual taxpayer he must learn to read first, take care of himself, and take care of his sister, his brother and anyone else that is deemed to be taken care of from this government and he must live long enough to pay off the debt in which Barack Obama created. Does that sound about right?

If John F. Kennedy were alive today he would be considered a Republican Conservative. Barack Obama does not even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as Kennedy --let alone compared too.

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. John F. Kennedy, October 26, 1963

On Thursday, August 6, an invitation from the National Endowment for the Arts was sent to a select group of pre-screened "artists, producers, promoters, organizers, leaders and just plain cool people."

The e-mail encouraged them to "heed the president's call to action this summer — United We Serve."- Glenn Beck

Really? Those seem to be very opposing views of the two Presidents. One President says that art is truth, the other President must have read this at Harvard Law and realized that in order to bend truth we must use the arts. Genius really, but morally a little unjust.

These two Presidents have been weighted, measured, and Obama left wanting. The man who rode in on a message of "hope" and in the shadow of a Kennedy has policies that are more deservingly compared to Mussolini rather than JFK.

The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. John F. Kennedy, speech at Vanderbilt University, May 18, 1963


How about the ignorance of an entire generation of Liberal politicians? Educate yourselves.

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain. John F. Kennedy

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SheriSapp 7 years ago from West Virginia

WOW!!! What an interesting and thoughtful hub, I found it so enjoyable. I kinda knew what you were saying, but you presented it well. Of course, as a conservative, raised by conservatives, I never thought JFK was spectacular. I was born in 1969 so he was gone before I arrived. My parents said Nixon was the president they felt did the best job. However, my dad was going to join the army during the cuban missile crisis because he supported our COUNTRY--not necessarily the president. Thankfully it was resolved before he actually enlisted. He also said he was angry when JFK was assassinated because he was the president of our country. It is so disheartening to see where our nation is being dragged. The way you said their rhetoric has changed is so true. I always recall the part of MLK's "dream" speech--"I long for the day when my children will be judged for the content of thier character and not the color of their skin." How far they (and we) have come as well!

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estopher 7 years ago from Bainbridge, Ohio Author

Thank you for your kind comment. I am no longer a conservative, I am now a "Constitutionalist."

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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

Fabulous work here. I am with you 100%. I enjoyed your fine contrasts between a true Liberal and a Radical Socialist. Two Thumbs way up!

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rsmallory 7 years ago from Central Texas

great hub Estopher. I think Obama was compared to the wrong Kennedy, he was more like Teddy than ever coming close to JFK. One question-Is the 'constitutionalist' the conservative answer to liberals now calling themselves progressives?

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estopher 7 years ago from Bainbridge, Ohio Author

rsmallory, to answer your question I am not trying to keep up with the "progressives." It is just that Fox newscasters that rock the boat enough to make riffles refer to themselves as "Reagan Conservatives," and I felt compelled within Glenn Beck's message and my own thinking to dig further and I realized what switched me from a nudge of the left to all the way to the strong right was a simple class on the history of the Consitution as part of my teaching degree and I realized the fight over small and larger government spawned all the way back to Hamilton and Jefferson, so I am now a "Jeffersonian Constitutionalist," not a "Reagan Conservative," and definately not a "progressive".

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estopher 7 years ago from Bainbridge, Ohio Author

Scratch out Hamilton and install Madison, a little name confusion and replying to late for me.

joan Walukonis 7 years ago

I want to SERVE doing whatever it is you suggest. I am a former high school @ live in Bradenton, Florida.

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