To The Daily Sun,
A conservative remembers and honors the death of JFK 50 years ago.
In 1960, the nation was consumed with the election of John Kennedy, a first time Catholic to the presidency. My parents were Democrats and Kennedy fanatics. Dad had just been given a pair of beagle pups as a gift, he named the boy Jack and the girl Jackie. I am sure if I had been born that year my name would have been John Kennedy Boutin. Jack, Jacqueline, their young kids and the Kennedy clan dominated politics and the public psyche like none other at that moment in history. No one could escape the Kennedy mystique even if they wanted to. The period would become known as " Camelot". Today's will be recalled as "gridlockalot".
Kennedy was once asked early on why he was a Democrat, his dry answer" because I was born one". His short and stark answer revealed much about the man and his politics. He could have spouted some long, litany of beloved Democratic ideals and beliefs about government and public good. He didn't. Kennedy championed STRONG states rights (the exact opposite of Obama's state Medicaid cram-down) and he stood FIRMLY OPPOSED to a strong, centralized government. He was strong currency hawk not a printing freak like Obama. IF JFK were alive today, it is almost certain he would be a REPUBLICAN, NOT A DEMOCRAT. You laugh. Kennedy's policies and thinking of that time are far more aligned with that of conservative Republicans today, than modern Democrats. In fact it is Jack Kennedy we should credit with ENDORSING "supply side" economics. He recognized the importance of TAX CUTS to stimulate growth, rather than government spending sprees that produce nothing but economy-killing, mountains of debt like we experience today. In Kennedy's day, he shot down those who twisted his views and policies saying, and I quote DIRECTLY, "I would be very happy to tell them I am NOT a LIBERAL at all".
It was JFK, a DEMOCRAT who uttered the famous words, "It isn't what your country can do for you but rather what you can do for your country". Tell me the last time you heard ONE Democrat talking about anything except BIGGER, more EXPANSIVE and more GENEROUS GOVERNMENT. When was the last time Democrats asked their constituents to do anything to SACRIFICE for their country the way Kennedy did? Modern Democrats speak ONLY about TAKING MORE, from more people. Kennedy must be grave rolling watching this spectacle of Democratic self indulgence. ENTITLEMENTS are BANKRUPT going forward BY EVERY MEASURE in the TENS of TRILLIONS, threatening to destroy the financial security of our children and the country. With such certain disaster ahead Kennedy wouldn't be BACKING DOWN from reforming such programs. He would be "selling the reality" that pain today will be far less than fixes required latter, on others.
Kennedy's presidency, like that of Reagan and even Clinton were all about people and country being first. Kennedy, Regan and Clinton were not consumed with their legacies and stroking their egos. ABOVE ALL, their presidencies were not ABOUT THEM. It is that single characteristic that distinguishes these men from the presidency of Barack Obama. I say this with much sadness and even more regret.