JFK: Democrat or Republican?


He was one of America’s most popular presidents
— handsome, charismatic, a war hero. He believed a strong military was the best
guarantor of peace; he explained that cutting taxes was the best way to grow the economy;
he firmly opposed racial quotas, and was horrified by the idea of unrestricted abortions. Can you name him? Here’s one more clue: He was not a Republican. The answer is: John F. Kennedy. When he was elected president in 1960, Kennedy’s
views were considered mainstream in the Democratic Party. But while the Kennedy name is still revered
by the Democrats today, the policies he espoused are not. Ronald Reagan, America’s 40th president,
who was a Democrat much of his life, famously said, “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party. The party left me.” So, if Kennedy were alive now, which party
would he belong to? It’s impossible to know, of course. But we can compare his political positions
to those of today’s Democratic Party. On race: JFK disliked the idea of using racial preferences
and quotas to make up for historic racism and discrimination. Today, affirmative action is Democratic Party
orthodoxy, but Kennedy thought such policies were counterproductive. “I don’t think we can undo the past,”
Kennedy said. “We have to do the best we can now…I don’t
think quotas are a good idea…We are too mixed, this society of ours, to begin to divide
ourselves on the basis of race or color.” On taxes: Kennedy was an ardent proponent of across-the-board
tax cuts, believing that more cash in the hands of all Americans, including the so-called
wealthy, and a lighter footprint from the IRS would grow the economy. “A tax cut means higher family income and
higher business profits,” Kennedy said in an address to the nation shortly before his
death. “Every taxpayer and his family will have
more money left over after taxes for a new car, a new home, new conveniences, education
and investment. Every businessman can keep a higher percentage
of his profits in his cash register or put it to work expanding or improving his business.” On foreign policy: Kennedy was very firm about his red lines. When the Soviet Union built missile sites
in Cuba, leading to what is known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy threatened a decisive
military response. The Soviet Union backed down. JFK believed, as Ronald Reagan did, in peace
through strength, not strength through peace. In his inaugural address, Kennedy made the
case for a strong U.S. military. He saw this as the only way to deter America’s
enemies. “Only when our arms are sufficient beyond
doubt,” he said, “can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.” On gun rights: Kennedy was one of eight U.S. presidents who
was a lifetime member of the NRA. Here’s what he said about the Second Amendment:
“We need a nation of minutemen – citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms,
but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily
life, and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.” On abortion: Kennedy was assassinated a decade before the
landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade. Abortion was not a major issue during his
administration. But we do know that he nominated Justice Byron
White, a Democrat, to the Supreme Court. White was one of two justices who dissented
in Roe v. Wade. We also know that Kennedy abhorred Japan’s
post-WWII use of abortion as a means of population control, saying: “On the question of limiting
population: As you know, the Japanese have been doing it very vigorously, through abortion,
which I think would be repugnant to all Americans.” Today, if a Democrat advocated the positions
on race, taxes, foreign policy, guns and abortion that our 35th president once did, he wouldn’t
be a Democrat. He’d belong to that other party. I’m Larry Elder for Prager University.




Comments
  1. JFK betrayed the Cubans during the bay of pigs over publicity. his death brought one of the worse presidents ever LBJ also the unconstitutional GCA 68

  2. I don't think he'd be a Republican. I think the Democratic party would be radically different. It was the removal of JFK's influence that began the slide of both parties into the morass.

  3. Larry Elder and PragerU's famous and world renown "Lets re-Write History Hour." I really wish they did not cherry pick the facts and told the whole truth. 1) On Kennedy's 1963 tax proposal – the whole truth, Kennedy proposed a tax cut after years of Republican tax hikes under Eisenhower; it did not pass because of Republicans in the Senate Finance Committee killed the bill. His plan would only be passed after his death in 1964 as the Revenue Act. 2) On Affirmative Action and race quota- the whole Truth, it was Kennedy in Executive Order 10925 that first coined the word "affirmative action" and made discrimination by race, color, creed, and nationality. illegal in employment. And LBJ extended anti-discrimination to include the "sexes" in 1967. JFK used Executive Order 11063 to extended anti-discrimination to "federally supported housing and related facilities," which was applied to schools. And it was JFK, not a GOP, who stood up to Gov. Wallace, Gov. Barnett, and the segregationists. And the "quota quote" is being misquoted and pulled out of context by Elder here to manipulate. Elder's quote comes from JFK's News Conference from August 20,1963 in which a reporter asks him to respond to affirmative action critics who were accusing JFK of trying to place "race quotas" on all universities in America. His news conference is easily findable on YouTube. 3) Reagan and the Democrats – the whole truth, Reagan was a democrat but not for "much of his life." Reagan left the party in 1952 and became a registered Republican only when the GOP courted him and encouraged him to run for political office. He is noted early on for idealizing FDR and we have correspondences of his between him and Eisenhower begging him to be a Democrat. All of his biographers note that Reagan switch to the GOP for two reasons, first, they funded his campaign to run for office and gave him a spotlight he craved after the General Electric Show refused him larger timeslots, and second, his wife Nancy switched his political views, which he admitted in his 1980 campaign. So, the party did not leave Reagan, Reagan left the party. 4) Gun Rights and the Minutemen comment – the whole truth – Elder again has not given you the full context of his JFK's speech. Kennedy, in his inaugural address on January 31, 1961, was speaking about the dangers of communism and civil liberties being trampled upon by others. He said that American freedom was begun by normal, average farmers and tradesmen, and he implied that freedom is made safe not by governments but by the average citizen fighting for freedom in the streets and in their daily lives. He said that all Americans need to be like the Minutemen of his home state of Massachusetts who did not wait for governments to put down tyranny, but it was they who changed the world. So, it had nothing to do with gun rights whatsoever. Just google the Pittsburgh Gazette for that day for a full copy of the speech 5) On Abortion – finally Elder speaks a whole truth, but partially. He said for JFK, abortion was not an issue which is partially true. Kennedy was asked by reporters to comment on Japan's policy to limit population through abortion, and Kennedy responded by saying it was "repugnant" and believe most Americans felt the same way. Kennedy was a Catholic and abortion was total against the Catholic Church. However, the Church does preserve a long traditions of Christians and theologians holding different views on abortion and arguing for different categories of discernment of an abortion (what is okay and what is not). It was not until Pope Pius IX in 1869 that made all abortions illegal/ a sin, which reversed Pope Gregory XIV view in 1590 in which their were different levels of an abortion as a sin, which was supported by the Decrotum Gratiumi, a 1150 law canon that argued for distinctions in different kinds of abortions as a sin. So, the church has not always agreed. But, just because Kennedy was a pro-lifer means he can not be a Democrat, just as you can be a Republican and do not support Trump and will not vote for him. I think that speaks to a party that has a bigger tent than the GOP that now has turn to a single room tent (just look at the recent Democratic debates that had diversity of opinions and views on display vs. how the GOP has treated the Representative from Michigan).

    And of course, to Elder's main argument, I believe Kennedy, if alive today, would still be a Democrat and would be proud of his party. Kennedy embraced his ideas and saw himself as a "Liberal. " I believe he would indicate that he would always be a part of a party that is "looking forward, not behind" a party that welcomes "new ideas without rigid reactions," be a part of a party who "cares about the welfare of people, their health, their jobs, their schools, their housing, their civil rights, and civil liberties," and a party that can "break through the stalemates and the suspicions that grips us." Unfortunately, there is only one party right now in America with that platform and that's the Democrats.

    And, one last bit, Kennedy also said to the Russians and Communist Germans in Berlin that "Democracy is not perfect, but at least I don't have to build a wall."

  4. Thank You! Many excellent points.
    It is my belief that, just as our schools and colleges have been, the Democratic party has been deeply infiltrated by genuine Communists agents! And it's the Communist ideology that has taken center stage!

  5. “Ask not your country can do for you but what YOU can do for your country” Those Democrats are extinct

  6. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country" John F Kennedy. JFK also created the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps is a great way to help people in other countries, and represent United States.

  7. Wow has the Democratic Party moves that far left, oh my goodness. I can’t he was a democrat. He would be a Republican today, no doubt!

  8. MAKING SENSE OF THE 1950's & 1960'S

      In the late 1950's with the invention of the television Democrat's were finding it harder to hide the brutality and crimes they were commiting against the black race so they needed a new way to hold power and grow it so they adapted completely towards socialist ideals till in 1968 the democrat party was taken over at the democrat convention by the pro socialist side of the party and the reinventing itself and image process started and instead of owning the black race they chose to exploit their poverty and uneducated condition (which they did to them) and control them and buy their votes with tax payers money through government programs to leave them in a constant in need and dependent condition giving them just enough to survive leaving them prey for the Democrats to politically exploit virtually forever. Which they do to this day. But to make this successful they had to eliminate any influences or voices that would pull them away from the Democrat party influence and the new direction.

  9. Kennedy is my 2nd favorite President and I’ve never voted Democrat. The only Democrat I like these days is Tulsi Gabbard

  10. 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".
    -John F. Kennedy

  11. JFK is one of the greatest presidents, Reagan was another great one Trump is another great one!! here is 3 of the top 5 presidents this country has had!!

  12. Trump: "we need to drain the swamp"
    JFK: "In a few months time I will have exposed the swamp and drained it"
    Sniper: BANG

  13. Wasn't there a video uploaded like a day ago about republican presidents that did democrate things, like abolish slavery? Uploading this video is hypocritical to the maximum

  14. Thank you, Larry. Kennedy had 2 problems. He was for equal rights, and he was Catholic. Had it not been for these, he may well have died of old age.

  15. It’s insane that I always identified as a Democrat because of JFK but after seen this video, I’m actually more of a republican myself. Anyway, Trump 2020 ☘️

  16. This is so much BS. This pragerU stuff is nonsense. JFK was a registered democrat and now you are trying to say he is Republican. JFK implemented the civil rights act and affirmative action and LBJ made it law. It was at this time that the voters were really upset that they switched to Republican. That is why the KKK who were pro Democrat are supporting Republicans and Trump. Can't u all see through these lies? I'm very disappointed in the far-right. You all are going to lose big in 2020 and I can't wait. God is looking down in you all and he will expose your lies and negative ways.

  17. JFK: Logins to “Republican Vs Democrats the game”
    Game:Since you last login you were Democrat,would you like to switch teams?
    JFK:*Switches to team Republican*

  18. JFK foi o último presidente democrata sério. Os democratas que vieram depois dele foram uma vergonha.

  19. Yeah I’m
    White and I think of America that way. Wtf. They call me racist from mamas basement and all I want do is work. LaZy pos

  20. The fact is there are many past figures that Democrats invoke for the name recognition, yet would not support a single ideal that these men and women actually stood for. JFK, MLK Jr., Malcom X, Fredrick Douglass, and so many others who's names they evoke, yet who's views and politics they oppose.

  21. And Kennedy was more diplomacy. That's why there is a bizarre conspiracy theory that stems through the idea that from his own administration assassinting him was best because he was soft on the communists.

  22. Here’s where PragerU is self contradictory. When talking abt civil rights and slavery they argue the party switch didn’t happen but here they argue that it did

  23. JFK was friends with Nixon and their political views were similar. He had to go more left to get Eleanor Roosevelt's backing.

  24. The Republican party can lead any person to believe that their promises will be fulfilled in the future. They follow the Hitler line no matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as a truth.
    – JFK

  25. JFK is an American Nationalist who was killed by the Global Elites.
    Since JFK, it wasn't until Reagan was the next American Nationalist but that didn't last long. Regan died even though he survived the assassination attempt by the Global Elites.
    Since Regan every past President has been a controlled puppet paid to put their priorities over the Americans until now, just recently of 2016. Donald J Trump is a true American Nationalist who has in almost 3 years has done more good for our Country than all past Presidents combined. It's about time! I cannot wait to watch Trump sworn in again for 2020.

  26. Wow he was such a good president too bad the fascist left-wing communists killed him before he can do any good. Rest in peace John F Kennedy

  27. Prager University and Larry Elder, thank you for the video.

    I have a new appreciation for JFK.

  28. I believe Catholicism played a part for JFK to have views that greatly differ to his own party. I think it was my political science lecturer back in university who told the class about it as to why Kennedy was respected across the board for his views and policies.

  29. This channel is basically right-wing propaganda
    Buzzfeed is left-wing propaganda
    they're both shit smeared assholes
    Thank you

  30. Kennedy was the last real president of the people i
    He wanted to destroy the federal reserve and got killed long live the hero

  31. America put missiles in turkey way before the soviets did the same in Cuba so you are producing fake news

  32. if JFK now back to life he'll surely become Republican, thanks Larry for pointing that out haaahaaahaaa, you are one of my favorite conservative figure.

  33. IMHO, this is PragerU's worst videos of all time. How dare you deny a party their claims to a politician they have LEGITIMATELY produced?
    By this same logic, Abe Lincoln would be a Democrat today, because they work towards racial equality, and Republicans work against it.

  34. And that is why the deep state killed JFK because he didn't want to be a Democrat anymore. He wanted to scatter the CIA into the wind…

  35. jfk believed in eugenics and racial superiority, am not sure if the conservative right wants to claim him

  36. I always thought he was Republican because of his policies. He was president before I was born, but he was loved and still is missed. I really don’t do politics, but this is my lesson for the day. And a Great one, I might add 👍🏾😻😘🇺🇸🇺🇸

  37. Kennedy was a serial adulterer and probably abused many of those women so of course he would be a Republican

  38. I heard Trump used to be a Democrat before the radical lefist takeover of the party… now he is the [Republican] President… coincidence?

  39. This wasn't bad PragerU. But still plenty of bias,fallacies, and conveniently ignored information as always.
    True that JFK was not a far left liberal democrat instead he was closer to the center.

    1. Kennedy wanted a universal healthcare system which is HEAVILY against the republicans' interest.
    2. he favored free trade and not the tariffs that all the republicans seem to like today
    3. he was strict on environment regulations including DDT and requesting $23 million increase for oceanography.
    4. increased minimum wage and Social Security benefits.
    5. backed working-class social legislation, greater investment in distressed areas & distressed people including substandard homes. Added 13-week unemployment benefits in recession. Created Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity.
    6. Wanted to remove barriers to reunite immigrant families.
    So yeah… he was definitely NOT a republican.

  40. JFK: "Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You"
    Democrats: "Ask What Your Country Can Do For You (through taxes, regulations, and virtue)"

  41. Wow I’m so convinced that a democrat was a Republican because of these four very specific examples of one-time quotes. This makes so much sense. Even though his actual polices and social view was at or left of what dems are today. Thanks prager U! Who needs facts? Not you! Just find a good old quote and that proves everything.

  42. MLK talked about character, and how that mattered to an individual, and a nation. JFK talked about American exceptionalism when describing landing an American on the moon. Both of those ideas are reviled by the DNC in 2019, and have been for quite some time.

  43. Love it!  That most beloved Democrat of the 20th Century was a Republican.  Won't see JFK's policies on CNN anytime soon.

  44. 🇺🇸 People have Trump derangement syndrome. People that actually have open mind see what is going on. The left has lost its mind that a normal person not a career politician got elected!! 🇺🇸

  45. I was a Dem for many years until the current Dems became too radical. AOC, Omar, Tliab. Pelosi. Sanders. Warren.  So I #walkaway. Trump 2020

  46. There's also JFK's famous and often replayed quote, Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country. It sounds very conservative.

  47. Basically correct, this analysis, but it oversimplifies and gives Kennedy more credit than he deserves. For one example, the Cuban missile crisis resulted because JFK's early actions led Nikita Khruschev to view him as a pushover. Don't forget that it was Kennedy who denied the Cuban freedom fighters, at the Bay of Pigs, the critical air support they were counting on — and the attempted coup against Castro was a disaster.

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