John F. Kennedy is lionized by liberals. He
inspired Bill Clinton to go into politics and Lyndon B. Johnson to push for
landmark civil rights laws. His champions insist he would have
done great liberal things had he not been killed by Lee Harvey
But what if we have completely misunderstood him? What if we
judge him by the lengthy record of his actual political career? His two
great causes were anticommunism and economic growth. His tax cuts, his
domestic-spending restraint, his military buildup, his emphasis on free trade
and a strong dollar, and his foreign policy all make him, by the standards of
both his time and our own, a conservative. Ira Stoll convincingly argues
that JFK had more in common with Ronald Reagan than with LBJ. Not
every Republican is a true heir to Kennedy, but hardly any Democrats deserve
JFK, Conservative is sure to appeal to conservative
readers—and will force liberals to reconsider one of their icons.
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