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Thanks to Senator Bob Rucho for serving up a heaping holiday helping of hilarity: “JFK could have been the founder and leader of the Tea Party.”
Let’s let JFK answer himself. In the 1960 campaign, he said: “I have yet to hear of one single original piece of new, progressive legislation of benefit to the people, suggested and put into a fact by the Republican Party.”
Also in 1960, he defined himself this way: “If by a ‘Liberal’ they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a ‘Liberal’, then I'm proud to say I'm a ‘Liberal’.”
As to Rucho, let us quote Lloyd Bentsen: “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.”
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# Choo
Friday, November 29, 2013 1:03 PM
Kennedy perhaps used the word liberal in the classic way, and not in the distorted modern way. If cutting taxes and asking people to work to improve the country and not live off the country made him a liberal, then that pretty much describes the Tea Party. I am sure Kennedy would not lie to Americans to try and pass healthcare legislation. I am sure he would have sent jets into Bengazi to try and save American citizens being killed there. I am sure he would have never allowed the IRS to hold back legal status for political reasons of conservative organizations. Yes Kennedy was a liberal in the most classic way.
# dap916
Friday, November 29, 2013 2:39 PM
So, Gary, how do you HONESTLY...key word, HONESTLY...believe JFK would have felt about our abortion laws of today? How about the progression of the LGBT know, things like "gay marriage". What about Obama going in and changing the parts of a law passed by Congress for his own political survival? He'd be just fine and dandy with that? If JFK was alive today, what do you think he'd think about a president that said "you can keep your insurance coverage. period" and it turned out to be totally untrue? Knowing what JFK did with regard to Russia bringing in missiles to Cuba and how adamant he was about protecting America from threats...just how do you (again, HONESTLY) believe JFK would have thought about this recent kowtowing to Iran with their nuclear proliferation being just so important to them?

You're a joke, Gary. You do a wonderful job of presenting rhetoric and spin here on the front page and you're very well doubt. But, truth is, you're just one more radical far left liberal/progressive just too willing to say anything/do anything just to get your party of choice in power in America.

I've said a couple times I'd love to have a brew with you and talk politics. I'm not so sure that'd be a good idea now that I rethink it. I'd probably be taken to jail for mashing your mouth. You're just a joke and you and people like you are ruining MY country.
# Reaganite
Monday, December 02, 2013 2:33 PM
A liberal in 1960 is a whole different breed from what an ultra-liberal, i.e. a self-styled ''progressive'' is today.

This article from Forbes ''Modern Democrats would view JFK a Reaganite extremist'' makes the point:

If you look issue by issue, JFK's views are very close to those of today's Republicans and considerably to the right of today's Democrats. In fact in the Senate race in Massachusetts, Scott Brown ran a TV ad with a clip of a JFK speech where in the middle of the ad, the figure speaking morphed into Brown finishing the speech. All the points JFK made were points that are Republican positions today.

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are so far to the extreme left, that they have no one in 1960s American politics they would be comparable to. They are all ideologically closer to Nikita Kruschev than to John F. Kennedy.

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