Barack Obama is attempting to portray himself
as the next John F. Kennedy. In fact, the spin machine within the Obama campaign,
and supporters like former Kennedy speechwriter-advisor Theodore Sorenson,
have been working overtime trying to promote that analogy. And Lloyd Bentsen
had the audacity to make fun of Dan Quayle.
John F. Kennedy was a bona fide war hero in
the Pacific during World War II. He served six years in the U.S. House of
Representatives and eight years in the Senate. He was President of the United
States for nearly
three years. And he was assassinated. All this by the time he was the age
Barack Obama is now.
Kennedy was involved in some of the greatest
issues of the 1940s and 1950s. He was a cold warrior and a military hawk who
campaigned for president in 1960 on the premise that the former commander
of all Allied forces in Europe, President
Dwight D. Eisenhower, had not been strong enough in defending America during his presidency.
By contrast, Obama never bothered to serve
his country in uniform. He spent his time after college as a "community organizer,"
whatever that is. He lectured. Oh yes, and he was a law professor, a wonderful
contribution to society if ever there was one. Meanwhile, he managed to get
in a brief stint as a state senator before being elected to the United States
Senate. Of course, he hasn't really done anything in Washington because, since arriving there in 2005, he has spent
most of his time running for president.
John Kennedy's life experiences gave him an
understanding of a few things which still seem to be a mystery to Barack Obama.
For example, Kennedy understood the simple reality that lowering people's
taxes increases revenue to the federal government by creating jobs. New jobs
create new taxpayers. More money in peoples' pockets gives them more money
to spend. More money in circulation creates a strong economy.
Obama continues to spout the one-dimensional
mantra of virtually every Democrat since George McGovern that the rich should
"pay their fair share" and that the rest of us are entitled to free health
care and anything else he can give us out of the public treasury. Of course,
he and his elitist ilk will determine who qualifies as "rich."
Obama's insistence on cradle-to-grave nanny-state
policies that threaten to stifle the greatest economy on earth would strike
the free-market oriented Kennedy as naÃ¯ve were the former president alive
today to scrutinize them.
And then there is the stark contrast of these
two men in the area of foreign policy. Think about one of John Kennedy's most
famous quotes: "Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we
shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend,
oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."
Unlike JFK, Obama apparently is willing to
attack or abandon any friend and appease any foe to assure the survival and
success of socialism. It is almost as if he is schizophrenic. Desperate to
prove that he is not a paper tiger, he is now blustering about attacking Pakistan: "If we have actionable intelligence about high-value
terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will."
As GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney put
it, referring to Obama's newfound machismo: "He's gone from Jane Fonda to
Dr. Strangelove in one week."
Only the most delusional leftist could possibly
believe what Barack Obama promises to do for them. His domestic policies are
a socialist utopian nightmare. John F. Kennedy told us to ask what we could
do for our country. Barack Obama tells us to ask what our country can do for
us because we're all entitled to it.
When it comes to foreign policy, Obama would
be downright dangerous as commander-in-chief. With absolutely no military
experience and a tendency toward appeasement, who knows what he might do?
Teddy Roosevelt's motto was "Walk softly and carry a big stick." Barack Obama's
motto seems to be "Talk loudly and carry a big nerf bat."