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Posted on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 16:24

Hi, Mig. Like Bill, back in JFK's early days I thought he was the greatest. But not because I grasped his political ideals. Back then I was as politically astute as a squirrel scurrying about the forest floor looking for acorns to stash away for winter. The Democratic National Convention in 1960 was held in California. I was 15 years old. My best friend's father was editor of the New York Times Sunday Edition's Week in Review. Section 7, as I recall. He was sent to California to cover the Convention. We, my best friend and I, had heard that Charlton Heston was going to be there. [Yes, back then, Heston was a Democrat, or at least sympathetic to the Kennedy "cause."] Having fallen in love with Heston in Ben Hur a couple of years earlier, we were still high as kites on him. We knew every line of dialogue he spoke in that movie by heart. We begged my best friend's father to find a way to meet Heston. If he met Kennedy, that would be good too, but we were far more intersted in being personally connected to a person who had met and talked with Heston. When her father returned from the Convention, he told us that he had indeed met Heston, and had shaken his hand. He swore he had not washed it since. My best friend and I both performed what can only be called perversions upon his hand, kissing it, touching it, stroking it, etc. He then informed us that right before he had shaken Heston's hand, Heston had shaken Kennedy's hand! OMG!!! We were two 15-year-old girls in seventh heaven for the next 6 months. We had contact with the same germs that had been on JFK's hand AND Charlton Heston's hand. Life couldn't get any better than that. This memory is why I have still have trouble looking at JFK objectively. All that silliness aside, it is so very interesting to look at the Democrat JFK and his beliefs, and then look at the Democrat beliefs today. Those two viewpoints don't seem to have a lot in common, do they?


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Posted on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 16:18

I have noticed the same thing, Mig. He seems lost in history. I was only a freshman in college when he was assasinated. I don't remember much about his domestic policies. He screwed up with the Bay of Pigs, but kept the Russians out of Cuba. Of course his accomplishments are kind of muddled with Lyndon Johnson's who may have been able to get things done as Kennedy's successor. I don't remember Kennedy doing a whole lot of anything else but he sure was a great campaigner. Kind of reminds of a present day someone else. LOL...



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Posted on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 13:40

Bill,

 

As always, you rock!  I've also wondered about the questions you raise.  It's interesting to me that JFK's positions on cutting taxes were ahead of their time -- many Republicans at the time opposed tax cuts because their priority was a balanced budget.

 

President Kennedy also favored a strong, proactive approach to turning back communism -- see his commencement address at West Point in 1962.  He was also a true proponent for freedom and our country's place in history.  I notice that Democrats barely if ever mention him these days.  Perhaps his statement below explains why:

 

"I believe ... in the United States of America, in the promise that it contains and has contained throughout our history of producing a society so abundant and creative and so free and responsible that it cannot only fulfill the aspirations of its citizens, but serve equally well as a beacon for all (humanity).


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Posted on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 12:20

Nice sentiment Mig. It got me thinking. Back then, I thought JFK was the greatest. I doubt if I would have voted for him today though. I wonder how many of the young Obama supporters may feel the same way in 50 years...



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