Letter: JFK would be a Republican
Re: ‘If Kennedy lived? Experts discuss the person he’d be today’ (Metro, Nov. 22-24)
Kieron Monks’ ideology has him rewriting history and making up his own facts in his recent story about JFK. It was the Southern Democrats such as LBJ, not the Republicans, who had opposed civil rights legislation proposed by the Eisenhower Administration in the 1950s. In 1964, Republicans voted overwhelmingly for the Civil Rights Act, whereas the Southern Democrats heavily opposed it and even filibustered the it in the Senate. JFK gave his last speech in Fort Worth, Texas, on the day of his assassination.
He spoke about making American military strength No. 1 again and outdoing the Soviet Union in the space race. JFK was a friend of Israel — as was Bobby Kennedy, who was shot by a Palestinian one year to the day after the start of the 1967 Six-Day War. And until President Reagan’s administration, JFK had the largest tax cut in American history.
JFK favored a strong national defense, large tax cuts, NASA, Israel and saw America as an exceptional country. He would not recognize his Democrat Party of today, changed in a major way by his own brother, Teddy Kennedy. If he were President today, JFK would be a Republican. And Kieron Monks would oppose him.
Tom Ward, via email