Kennedy vs. Kennedys

Breitbart punches some more holes in what Democrats think of John F. Kennedy:

With the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s (JFK) assassination drawing near, various aspects of his life and presidency are being recounted. Among these, two aspects that are not getting the attention they deserve are his lifetime membership in the NRA and his defense of the Second Amendment.

According to the Washington Post, JFK was one of eight U.S. presidents to “have been lifetime members [of the NRA].” The others were “Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower… Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.” Kennedy stands out as the only Democrat on that list.

In April 1960, JFK said our founding fathers used phrases like “a well regulated militia” and “the ‘security’ of the nation,” as well as “the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,'” to show “the essentially civilian nature of our economy.”

He posited “fears of governmental tyranny” as the impetus “which gave rise to the Second Amendment” to begin with. And although he believed it “unlikely” that such tyranny “[would] ever be a major danger to our nation,” he said “the Second Amendment will always be important.”

The irony, of course, is that JFK’s brothers, Robert and Edward, sought gun control, one assumes motivated by their brother’s assassination.

It should be obvious that the same president who espoused a tax cut to stimulate the economy and touted Second Amendment rights wouldn’t fit in today’s Democratic Party. Then again, JFK grew up in a somewhat different world than his younger brothers. JFK fought in World War II, and, by all accounts, acted heroically when his PT 109 was cut in half by a Japanese destroyer. Bobby Kennedy was a seaman apprentice in the Navy in the last year of and first year after World War II. Teddy Kennedy served in the Army during the Korean War, but thanks to his father’s connections, didn’t actually go to Korea.

 

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