Sunday, August 30, 2009
JFK WAS NOT A LIBERAL: PART 1
With the passing of Ted Kennedy, much talk has centered around Ted as the consummate liberal. Perhaps he was, but his brother, the President was not. The democratic party has only recently been hijacked by the far left. The democratic party used to be more conservative than the republican party, until the 1960's came along and the party changed.
In the beginning was Thomas Jefferson and his advocacy of states rights. The Democratic party back in the day advocated a strict adherence to the constitution and was anti-federalist in nature, meaning anti-national government and opposed a national bank. Early democrats wanted limited government which gave more power to the people. Those were the good old days. Now they advocate more government and less power to the people. Before the Civil war, the democrats or Whigs, were very divided about slavery. Those who were anti-slavery left the party and the Whig party faded away. Anti-slavery Whigs who left the party joined the republican party or other existing parties. When the Civil war broke out, the party was divided into war-democrats and peace-democrats. Most war democrats migrated to President Lincoln and became Republicans, the anti-slavery party. By the turn of the century, Bourbon democrats emerged and considered themselves to be pro-business. They were basically booted out of the party in the early 1900's and joined the adjacent party as well. It was under Franklin Roosevelt that the big government democratic party emerged. The Great Depression ushered in the new deal with a plethora of governmental social programs advocating labor unions, civil rights(nice gig to get dems) and business regulation, all requiring a new standard of income tax revenue. Those who opposed this governmental take over began to call themselves conservatives. African Americans who traditionally had supported the republican party because of their anti-slavery stance, started to migrate to the Roosevelt's new deal and it's civil rights movement.
Historically the democratic party has favored minorities, farmers, laborers and religious groups. Not any more. It used to be that any group vulnerable to discrimination or persecution, the party would champion and that included those seeking religious freedom. I find it ironic that this same party is now responsible for most if not all of the religious prejudice and bashing in America. They refer to the far right republican faction as the "religious right" which holds a connotation of negativity and accepted bigotry.
The democratic party adopted an interventionism style of foreign policy which advocates sanctions and diplomacy when dealing with our foreign aggressors. This clearly was not a philosophy held by John F. Kennedy and his "ask not" philosophy was not indicative of modern day liberalism either. Stay tuned for part 2. The Students for a democratic society, Viet Nam, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile crisis and anti-communism. I know, don't freak out but JFK was against communism. Dem's of course are now FOR IT. Let me educate you.