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Updated: December 23, 2013 1:12PM
Kennedy no Tea Partier
President John F. Kennedy did not “espouse policies very much like the Tea Party today.”
Believe me — the conservatives of the 1960’s did not perceive Kennedy as one of their own.
The commitment to help the poor, under-educated, and generally people from “the other side of the tracks” were marks of JFK’s legacy.
To try to guess what things would have been like if he wasn’t killed is an impossible game.
We can only say “maybe we would have left Vietnam” before the insanity really took over.
We can only say “maybe Martin Luther King Jr. would not have been killed.” Maybe.
I do agree that the Tea Party needs a “charismatic” spokesman. Lots of luck on that one.
The Tea Party is so poisoned with exclusive hate no sane person would touch the leadership position of that group. Who would want to be the captain of the Titanic?
Little in common
Yes, JFK actually was similar to the Tea Partiers of today. He was male, white, over 40, and was a Christian. I’m not sure how he would have felt about the NRA, cutting food stamp programs, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, or Fox News. He was an actual patriot — he served in World War II.
He did not carry a cross wrapped in the flag. Maybe he would not have made the cut. And there is always a cut with the Tea Party.