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5 Ways Democrats Mythologize JFK

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Kyle Smith


March 22, 2014 - 1:00 pm

2) JFK bears no blame for Vietnam.

Though it’s true that Kennedy had only placed a few advisors in Vietnam, his “pay any price, bear any burden” rhetoric in his inaugural address was an indication of his hardcore anti-communist stance, and had he lived he might have found himself ratcheting up the U.S. response until Vietnam turned into a full-blown war. In any case, Kennedy was the very opposite of what today’s Democrats pride themselves as being — “nuanced” or “sophisticated” or “globalist” or “soft power” thinkers, all of these words being euphemisms for intentional weakness on foreign policy.

Kennedy returned from his honeymoon to attend the wedding of anti-communist Sen. Joe McCarthy in 1953, and even when McCarthy came under attack, Kennedy did not join 67 senators in censuring him in 1954 (JFK was absent that day for medical reasons but could have allowed his vote to be registered under the Senate rule known as “pairing.” Instead he said nothing). In the 1960 debates, Kennedy positioned himself as even more opposed to communism than Richard Nixon, who would later concede, “Kennedy conveyed the image — to 60 million people — that he was tougher on Castro and communism than I was.”

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JFK was a finger-in-the-wind politician throughout his career. The only thing he felt really strongly about was promoting himself and that remains his primary accomplishment. He reminds me a lot of Hillary Clinton. Progressives of a certain age love him though, because he had the good grace to die young and that allowed the Kennedy family to reinvent him into a great man of mt Rushmore proportions. In their eyes, he gets credit for all the good stuff that LBJ did and none of the blame. An amazing fantasyland can be imagined in their fevered brains "if only he had lived".

It's embarrassing, and will gradually die as the baby boomer pass from the scene, and not be missed.
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