In the opening theme song for the old sitcom, All in the Family, the characters Archie and Edith sing, “Mister, we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again…” I think we (particularly the Democrats) could sing “Mister, we could use a man like Jack Kennedy again….” But, of course, today Jack Kennedy would probably be a Republican.
The democratic party has changed in a radical way since John F. Kennedy was president. Rather than be a party for the common people, it’s a party of special interests and social re-engineering.
Let’s look at one issue: Fidel Castro. Here’s what Kennedy thought of Castro:
…there can be no long-term living with Castro as a neighbor…His continued presence with the hemispheric community as a dangerously effective exponent of communism and anti-Americanism constitutes a real menace.1
At this time of Fidel Castro’s passing, we extend a hand of friendship to the Cuban people. We know that this moment fills Cubans – in Cuba and in the United States – with powerful emotions, recalling the countless ways in which Fidel Castro altered the course of individual lives, families, and of the Cuban nation. History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and world around him. —President Barak Obama
In many ways, after 1959, the oppressed the world over joined Castro’s cause of fighting for freedom & liberation-he changed the world. RIP. —Jesse Jackson
Rosalynn and I share our sympathies with the Castro family and the Cuban people on the death of Fidel Castro. We remember fondly our visits with him in Cuba and his love of his country. We wish the Cuban citizens peace and prosperity in the years ahead. —Jimmy Carter
Castro was a bully who oppressed and murdered his people for his own gain. Kennedy saw this; too bad current Democrats do not. Contrast with this statement by President–elect Trump:
Today, the world marks the passing of a brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades. —Donald J. Trump
Ironically, Castro outlived many of his enemies and in the new global community foreign policy of the Obama/Clinton/Kerry years, he’s seen as an influential leader who loved his country. He was a brutal dictator and thank God we’ve elected a new president who sees him as such—just as John Kennedy did in the early 1960s.
1 Alan Brinkley. John F. Kennedy (Times Books: New York, 2012), 84