March 17, 2008
By Doug Edelman
In all the ecstatic love-fest frenzy the left is having with Barack Obama, they have recently been invoking the mystique of "Camelot" - that storied infatuation with JFK and Jackie - and drawing a parallel.
Well, excuse me, but I remember JFK - and Barack... you're no Jack Kennedy!
Let's look at JFK for a moment. I'll leave it to the reader to conclude whether Obama holds a candle to or resembles the late John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Kennedy served the nation in the military before entering politics. Instead of using family influence to avoid combat, he used it to secure a fighting assignment in the Solomon Islands. A young Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade, he commanded the PT-109 and became a true hero - leading his crew to survival and rescue.
While he could have returned home after the PT-109 incident, he chose to continue to contribute to the war effort. He then commanded a PT-59, and helped rescue around 50 marines. A bit more substantial and substantiated a story than that of Kerry's 3 purple hearts, eh?
Articulate and well educated, Kennedy penned the story into a book, "PT-109."
In 1946 he ran for Congress and was elected. While generally supportive of the Party Line, he was openly critical of Truman for what he perceived as a weak stance on the Communist Chinese.
Later he became a Massachusetts Senator. During his Senatorial tenure, he had back surgery and during his lengthy recovery he wrote "Profiles in Courage", examining a number of individuals he admired and learned from. Most of the profiled individuals were politicians willing to take a strong, if unpopular stand for what they believed in.
As President, Kennedy's policies are not what one would associate with today's Left. At his Inauguration, he exhorted "Ask not what your country can do for you..." (Today's Left encourages a nanny-state dependency!)
He understood the threat of advancing Communism. He supported a strong military, and used them in foreign intervention - committing troops to Vietnam. He confronted the Soviets, and won the Cuban Missile Crisis showdown forcing Khrushchev to blink in that game of nuclear brinksmanship. What politician of the liberal persuasion today would have the guts to stand up to today's threats as JFK did?
JFK put tax cuts in place, in order to stimulate the economy and increase federal revenues. Read the text of his April 20, 1961 speech here.
Obama, on the other hand is a green Senator with a gift for eloquent bumper-sticker speeches. "Change" (to what??) or "Yes we can" (Si se puede??) He advocates pulling nuclear force off the table, and negotiating with terrorist states. He not only hasn't served - which isn't necessarily a requirement for President - but refuses to salute the flag, wear one, and isn't proud of our nation! What would the young LTJG Kennedy have thought of Mr. Obama? Probably not much.