Do you think JFK would recognize today's Democratic Party?
Is it fundamentally the same Party as when JFK was in office, or has it changed into something quite different?
Think that the Democratic Party has evolved a lot since JFK's time. In general, the country has changed, but the Democratic Party seems to being driving a lot of that change, pushing new "so-called" progressive ideals. This may sound good upfront, but I believe the Democratic Party has suffered a loss of values, particularly moral values. The willingness of Democratic leaders to compromise values (even values this country was founded) on astounds me. The dishonestly, inconsistency, and sometimes out right incompetency, would be very difficult for JFK to witness, in my opinion.
One example of this is that Democratic Party has simultaneously supported the pro-choice and the homosexual community, while launching attacks on Christians trying to live out their faith (e.g. praying before a meeting, even mentioning God in a public forum, having the Ten Commandments in any public place). The Democrats celebrate tolerance, but unfortunately often tend to have a one sided tolerance which treats those on the opposite side as fundamentalists or even as hateful. I think this quality in the Democratic Party would the hardest for JFK to cope with if he were alive today. It is one thing to have different political opinions. This is always good...I for one, am very glad we have two parties in Washington as they keep each other in check. However, the intolerant tolerance is difficult to tolerate!
Now, please understand this answer is not an attack of the Democratic Party for the purpose of elevating the GOP. The Republicans certainly have plenty of their own problems to deal with. There are some GOP leaders who are equally guilty of the moral issues I listed above. However, since the question was about Democrats, I wanted to stay focused.
If JFK was alive today he would be chuckling along with Bill Clinton and scoring tail. As a real anti-Communist, he would be unrecognizable to his own party. They still refuse to accept that he was murdered by a communist. His opinions on economics would also distance him from the lefties who make up the Democrat Party.
Yes like public healthcare... Oh wait he was the first president to support it... THe differences are huge
Wrong again, the first Democrat to support public healthcare was Truman and he was wrong, too. Nixon was also progressive on so many things lefties love. JFK echoed many of Reagan's own positions-yes they were contemporaries.
retief2000, I believe you are correct about Truman.
Definitely not! The old Blue Dog democrats were dedicated to the true blue collar workers of the country.
Now these days, the Democrats are actually Socialists being run by an Oligarchy and they are in battle with a huge bunch of corporations. The citizens are pawns being drained of all their assets.
While the GOP can't figure out which end of the paper bag is the exit.
While I agree that JFK would not recognize the current Democrat Party, I disagree that the Democrats are at war with corporations. They are fascists and fascism benefits favored businesses. GM is preserved after a $10billion injection of our money.
Hi retief2000, well the war is actually for power and control of all the wealth.
If you look at any facet of our society, everything is focused on who has the most money. whether it is socialists, democrats, gop, fascists, they all want the money!
I do not think so. The division by ideology, power and race have become much more intense than nearly any time in our history. Kennedy was a big government President, while, at the same time, a economic conservative. But, Kennedy would never approve of Obamacare because of fiscal restraint. He wanted to have the Treasury to print money and not the Federal Reserve to lessen the budget deficits. He also took responsibility, something that very few, on either side have. He also made decisions that were based on "the good of the country" rather than the good of the party. It is a good thing that he is not watching this circus, called Washington DC
I can tell you from the standpoint of tax policy, he would be a total outsider today relative to what he actually proposed and what was eventually implemented. JFK was embracing some clear cut supply side policies that are the total antithesis of today's democratic party majority. Ted Kennedy must have hated in his latter years hearing his brothers speeches played back to him discussing tax policy.
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