ELDER PATRIOT – During his inaugural address John F. Kennedy inspired Americans with these words:
“And so my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
For generations of Democrats that followed, JFK’s words represented their ideal, but today, Democrats no longer believe in the vision that they did then. Their current hero, Barack Hussein Obama summed up his views during a 2001 radio interview:
“We still suffer from not having a Constitution that guarantees its citizens economic rights…[The Constitution] is a charter of negative liberties [which] says what the states can’t do to you [and] what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or the State government must do on your behalf.”
The inspiring words of JFK have long been forgotten by today’s crybaby progressives in favor of a new extreme liberalism: ask not what you can do for your country – ask what your fellow countrymen can do for you. Ask not what we can do for the freedom of man but what America will do for your country.
During the campaign and his short tenure as president, JFK was focused on reducing unnecessary government spending and reducing debt in order to stimulate economic vitality. When JFK left office federal debt was approximately 40% of GDP. Today debt is approaching 80% of GDP and the economy is grinding to a halt but this doesn’t change today’s Democrats’ policies.
The Democrat candidates have been falling all over themselves during their debates espousing plans for even greater largesse as our country plunges deeper into debt. They are assuring their followers that the direction we are headed in will not change if they retain control of our government. This has to give one pause in wondering if they are catering to an electorate that is stupid (“It’s Obama’s stash”,) just doesn’t care (“In the long run we’re all dead” – John Maynard Keynes,) or if they actually want an economic collapse (members of the World Communist Movement bent on destroying capitalism.)
Democrats are fond of calling themselves the party of the big tent. It’s become clear that their tent contains large numbers of all three making them more resemble the discredited Soviet Politburo than a party that embraces individual and economic freedom. The party, now marked by extremism once unimaginable, shares only its name with the legacy JFK left us.