I’ve read some pretty strange things in my day, but the liberal’s finesse when it comes to revisionist history and self-delusion seems boundless these days. I’ll not bother linking to the various koolaid-slurping, servitude-pledging liberal whackjobs who are responding to Scott Brown’s television ad. Suffice to say that that they are even less well-informed than even I had thought (and that, as you know, is saying something).
Brown’s ad juxtaposes JFK and himself giving the same speech about lowering taxes, getting people back to work, helping our economy grow stronger through the private sector–you know, that quaint American idea of free market capitalism.
I love this ad for a few reasons, but the main one is that it shows, starkly even jarringly, just how far the Democratic party has lunged unrecognizably left. Democrats used to love America, were patriots, were as interested in a strong, capitalist-based economy and strong national defense as any Republican. People ask me often why I was ever a liberal, and I honestly feel a certain shame when they do. I know that they are thinking about today’s Democratic Party. A party of socialists and communists who want to destroy our Constitution and our country. That’s not what I was about. Ever.
But that’s not what the Democratic party was about, either. Not until recently. Sure, there were progressives dating back over a hundred years, but they weren’t powerful, they didn’t have center stage, and frankly, I thought that they were good for our country. People like Teddy Kennedy, good men of character and principle (if misguided, wrong-headed ideology), helped check and balance our government. Ditto people on the far right. It was good to have these wildly divergent viewpoints, it was good to have opposing members of our legislative branch battle it out on the floor of the House or Senate and then go off arm in arm for drinks and dinner afterward to catch up on family news and Hill gossip. That was good. It made me feel safe. From both radical extremes.
Something happened while we were all (well, except my and Kerry’s dads, heh) looking the other way. The party was infiltrated by radicals who’ve transformed it as surely as they seek to transform this nation. If JFK saw what was happening in this country today, he would be horrified, mortified, and appalled. Maybe not in that order. JFK was adamantly, vehemently anti-communist, he saw it as a danger not only to this country but to the entire west. He actively worked to contain communism in Latin America; you would never see him hugging a monster like Chavez. In his famous speech in Germany, he bashed communism and berated the Soviets for building the Berlin Wall. We can debate all day about whether he should have done more to stop that (and about the botched Bay of Pigs invasion), but at the end of the day, JFK wasn’t sympathetic to communists (he even had Martin Luther King, Jr. wiretapped by the FBI when King was thought to be a communist!), and he certainly would never want to see this, his country on the path it’s on.
He did not and would not work to socialize any aspect of our private sector, including our healthcare system. The dems of today, however, want to re-write history, they would have it that JFK, even RFK!, was as progressive as Teddy. Not so. Not ever. There is no doubt in my mind that JFK would never in a million years have endorsed BO as Teddy did. BO is the opposite of everything that JFK, and his brother who might’ve been president–RFK, stood for. And Brown’s ad perfectly illustrates just how far-removed the Democratic party of today is from JFK’s Democratic party of yore.
This is not an argument for JFK, nor a statement that I think he was the best president evah (President Reagan, to my mind, was the best president, if not ever, then certainly in my lifetime), but it is to say that we’re not in Kansas anymore. Today’s libs, most of them, don’t get that, so when they bash this ad (and they do), they reveal how little they know not only of history but of their own party. There’ve been idiotic statements like “Brown is no JFK,” and of course he’s not. That’s not the point of the ad.
The ad, in context, is running in Kennedy-land, and this bizzarro world actually believes that the seat that is currently open here is “Kennedy’s seat.” Silly? Sure. But facts are facts. Rather than aligning himself with the late Teddy Kennedy, who was at least as if not slightly more progressive than Martha Coakley (who has not his character, nor his principles), Brown aligns himself with the fiscally-conservative, anti-communist JFK. Makes sense considering what’s happening in and to our country right now: runaway spending, massive tax increases, near-record unemployment, insane deficits, “spreading the wealth around” government takeovers of everything from GM to banks to student loans to our healthcare system. Exactly the sort of the thing that JFK would have fought against with every bit of his brother’s lion heart and a good deal more common sense.