November 22 was the 47th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I remember the day Kennedy died. I remember the next few days during which all TV was dedicated only to Kennedy’s death and funeral. I remember the funeral cortege. I remember the lighting of the Eternal Flame. It was all in black and white, which seemed darkly appropriate.
And today I think about how different Barack Obama is from JFK and how far Democrats have fallen- how much they have deteriorated since then.
Two years later, he has managed to forge surprising unanimity on at least one topic: Barack Obama. A visit here finds both Israelis and Palestinians blame him for the current stalemate — just as they blame one another.
Instead of becoming a heady triumph of his diplomatic skill and special insight, Obama’s peace process is viewed almost universally in Israel as a mistake-riddled fantasy. And far from becoming the transcendent figure in a centuries-old drama, Obama has become just another frustrated player on a hardened Mideast landscape.
There the similarities end.
Kennedy thought tax cuts were beneficial to get an economy moving.
“In today’s economy, fiscal prudence and responsibility call for tax reduction even if it temporarily enlarges the federal deficit – why reducing taxes is the best way open to us to increase revenues.”
– John F. Kennedy, Jan. 21, 1963, annual message to the Congress: “The Economic Report Of The President”
Obama believes in Saul Alinsky.
Kennedy grew some gonads and stared Khruschev down over the Cuban Missile Crisis.
But there is one difference between the two which could not be more stark.
In his inaugural speech John Kennedy said:
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
It is believe that that sentence was derived from a number of sources, including Oliver Wendell Holmes who said
“It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.”
But the phrasing is believed to belong to JFK. It is timeless. It soars. It’s inspirational.
“The Constitution reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day”
And who could forget
But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.
Barack Obama is the anti-JFK. His entire being can be distilled down to this:
“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what your country can do for you.”
Barack Obama is culmination of Democrat evolution ongoing since the creation of the Great Society. Democrats pander to the lowest common denominator. They compete with one another to see who can promise the most taxpayers’ money to those who can’t and won’t produce. They seek to continue dependence upon government as it is the source of their power.
JFK’s Inaugural speech and others provide us with more painful contrasts to Barack Obama.
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
It’s nearly impossible to see Barack Obama taking a stand anything like this.
“I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and to the cause of freedom around the world.”
Obama? He apologizes for the United States of America.
“Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
Obama voted “present” 128 times in Illinois State Senate.
The supreme reality of our time is our indivisibility as children of God and the common vulnerability of this planet.
Obama cannot even bring himself to say the word “Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence.
What a terrible contrast. What a terrible mistake we have made.