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  •  Kennedy, anyway. (3+ / 0-)
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    Like Martin Luther King, John Kennedy has essentially been stripped of any ideology altogether by the passage of time and by opportunistic Republicans looking to co-opt his popularity. But even today, the GOP is still running against the New Deal.

    I am coming to yooooouuu.

    by phenry on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 03:41:48 PM PST

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    •  They'd invoke FDR the war leader. (4+ / 0-)
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      JFK wasn't all that liberal, to be honest.  

      "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

      by Geekesque on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 03:42:52 PM PST

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      •  JFK (4+ / 0-)
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        did what was economically best for the nation...if that is considered "Conservative", then so be it.

        The problem we all seem to be suffering from is not realizing what may be best (economically), for the nation, and place it within the context of historical time, instead of making it a partisan or divisive issue. It just might be necessary to follow a more conservative tract at times. Unfortunately, we never got the chance to see if he'd have made adjustments...just because someone has a "D" or an "R" after his/her name doesn't mean they shouldn't consider what is economically sound.

        And what president would not act in our defense? (with bush the exception in terms of 911).  

        Socially JFK was a liberal...

        What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label "Liberal?" If by "Liberal" they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer's dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of "Liberal." But if by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people -- their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties -- someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal," then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal."

        I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere ~ Thomas Jefferson

        by valadon on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 04:02:26 PM PST

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