President John F. Kennedy was a conservative.
It's true, because they say it is. That is the gold standard of proof for conservative writers. "I said so, I am never wrong, therefore what I said is true."
According to a blog post on Reason.com (pardon me while I wipe the ironic laughter spit from my computer screen -- there we go...) JFK would fit in nicely with the Tea Party.
I am not making this up.
"Reason" Columnist Ira Stoll did an interview with himself in which Stoll the columnist sits in rapt admiration of Stoll, the author of "JFK, Conservative", asking such hard-hitting questions of himself as:
"Why did you write this book?"
"What did you think would be the reaction to this book?"
And the reasoning is solid! "Kennedy stood up to the Soviet
Union and Cuba." He also boinked a lot of babes that didn't go on
to marry rich Greek oligarchs after he died. That fact alone should
be enough to earn the undying respect of conservatives
And Stoll was not alone in his lionization of JFK as a Reagan Conservative. Even impartial and unbiased observers of the modern-day political milleu like Rush Freakin' Limbaugh were moved to blither:
"There's some people who think that if Kennedy had been reelected, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 would not have passed in 1964, that it wouldn't have happened. He was not at all a liberal in the sense that you know them today."
In his review of Stoll's book, James Pierson writes in the National Review Online:
"He spoke frequently about the religious foundations of America's political institutions. The apparent conflict between the devout Catholic and the promiscuous husband is one that Stoll is unable to resolve."
(FUN FACT: The National Review was founded by famed conservative William F. Buckley, Jr., who had no time or patience for the Birchers or the Ayn Rands of the world. If you stand quietly at the foot of Buckley's grave in Sharon, Conn., and whisper the words, "National Review" -- you can actually HEAR the corpse flipping like a fish in its coffin.)
Yep. JFK understood that it is NOT better "to light one candle than to curse the darkies." Which is why the same people who claim that Kennedy was a conservative also claim that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a conservative.
SCREW your reality-based facts and history! The right wing is not interested in reality-based facts and history. They are interested in pseudo-facts and bogus history that fits in nicely with their preconceived notions and existing bigotries.
As noted Republican opinion leader of his day, Jesus H. Christ, said on Mount Zion while stroking the head of his favorite pet dinosaur:
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