GOP IDIOCY ALERT! Top Republican Presidential Candidate Says Anarchy May Force Cancellation Of 2016 Election
Dr. Ben Carson, a popular Tea Party activist and Fox News contributor who says he will likely seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, said on Sunday that he is seriously concerned that there will not be 2016 elections in the United States because the country could be in anarchy by that point. His reasons: the growing national debt, ISIS, and the U.S. Senate’s refusal to consider legislation passed by the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
Host Chris Wallace noted that in light of his potential presidential campaign, Carson’s previous comments were now under a greater spotlight. He noted Carson’s August comment that if the Republicans don’t win a majority in the Senate this year, the 2016 elections might not even be held and asked the retired neurosurgeon if he stood by it:
WALLACE: You said recently that there might not even be elections in 2016 because of widespread anarchy. Do you really believe that?
CARSON: I hope that that’s not going to be the case. But certainly there’s the potential because you have to recognize that we have a rapidly increasing national debt, a very unstable financial foundation, and you have all these things going on like the ISIS crisis that could very rapidly change things that are going on in our nation. And unless we begin to deal with these things in a comprehensive way and in a logical way there is no telling what could happen in just a couple of years.
Carson then noted that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has “over three hundred bills sitting on his desk” that he won’t bring to the floor for a vote, “thereby thwarting the will of the people.” He made no mention of the Republican House’s refusal to consider popular Senate-passed bipartisan measures like comprehensive immigration reform and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Carson finished a close second Saturday in a straw poll at the 2014 Values Voters Summit for 2016 presidential preferences.
Despite Carson’s fears, the United States has held presidential elections every four years since 1788, despite a civil war, two world wars, and a great depression. Carson has been no stranger to controversial comments since he became active in politics. In March of 2013, he compared same-sex marriage to bestiality and NAMBLA. That October, he decried the Affordable Care Act as “the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery,” adding that the law “is slavery, in a way.” And earlier this month, Carson defended former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice, saying people should stop “demonizing” him and suggesting that his wife also shared some of the blame for being attacked, opining that “they both need some help.”
The newly elected House Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), refused to rule out impeaching President Obama on Sunday, telling Fox News that the president has acted unilaterally and illegally, exceeding his constitutional authority.
“Ultimately, what we want to do is see the president follow his own laws,” Scalise said. “He took an oath to follow the law of the land. The Supreme Court unanimously said 12 times the president overreached and did things he doesn’t have the authority to do,” he added, referring to Court rulings finding that Obama overstepped his executive authority.
Scalise explained that House Republicans are “going to continue to be a check and balance against this administration,” but would not say whether the chamber would consider impeaching Obama:
CHRIS WALLACE (HOST): Impeachment is off the table?
SCALISE: The White House wants to talk about impeachment and they’re trying to fund raise off that, too.
WALLACE: I’m asking you, sir.
SCALISE: The White House will do anything they can to change the topic away from the president’s failed agenda. People paying higher costs for food, for well health care, for gas at the pump. The president isn’t softballing the problems. We’re going to try to solve problems for everyday people. I would like to see the president engaged in that, too, that’s his job, but he wants to change the topic, talk about things like that.
Democrats have been raising millions of dollars since some conservative Republicans — most prominently Sarah Palin — floated the prospect of impeachment. On Friday, Dan Pfeiffer, a top White House aide, even brought up the possibility, telling reporters, “It would be foolish to discount the possibility that the Republicans would consider going down that path.” House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has continuously ruled out the idea, though he is suing the administration for allegedly exceeding its authority in delaying a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday declared that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and other Democrats “want” a situation where refugee children were maimed and brutalized.
In an interview on Fox News, Cruz told host Chris Wallace that Reid and President Barack Obama were holding thousands of children “ransom” because they had been unwilling to “fix the problem” by deporting every undocumented immigrant child in the U.S.
"You keep talking about helping the kids," Wallace noted. "One question I have is, how do you help the kids — I understand how it helps the United States not to allow them to come into this country — how does it help the kids to just say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to stay in Central America.’"
"You talk about the violence in Central America, the murder rate in some of these countries," Wallace added. "I’m not saying it’s our responsibility to help the kids, but it doesn’t help the kids."
Cruz asserted that drug dealers who were bringing children to the U.S. were forcing families to pay a ransom.
"Horrifically, they’re cutting off body parts, and they’re sending it back to the families," he remarked. "And they’re forcing little boys and little girls, they’re putting a gun to the back of their head, and they’re saying cut off the finger, cut off the ear of another child. And if the child refuses, they’re shooting and killing that kid."
The Texas Republican said that he had been told that some of the children had been “maimed” and tortured.
From the 07.20.2014 edition of Fox’s Fox News Sunday:
Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) asserted on Sunday that Congress had not passed comprehensive immigration reform because its “largest opponent” was President Barack Obama.
In an interview on Fox News, Price defended Republicans who were insisting that the party replace House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) with someone who opposed immigration reform after he lost his primary last week.
Fox News host Chris Wallace reminded Price that former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had lost to Obama by 44 points among Hispanic voters in 2012.
"Don’t you have to do something to appeal more?" Wallace wondered. "And immigration is certainly one of the things that Hispanics care about. Don’t you have to do something if you’re going to avoid getting in real trouble at the ballot box in 2014, and especially 2016?"
Price agreed that the immigration system was broken, but argued “that it is the president that is the largest opponent to immigration reform.”
"It was Mitt Romney who lost among Hispanics, sir," Wallace noted.
"That doesn’t negate the fact that President Obama in 2011 who said the border is secure," Price insisted. "The president was being deceitful with the American people on this."
"What did he do this weekend to correct that?" the Georgia Republican continued. "He went and gave a hyper-partisan commencement speech, and then went and played golf. That’s the frustration that my constituents have. This is a president who is disengaged on solving this challenge of immigration."
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday argued that Hillary was not even qualified to run for president because Americans had died during a terrorist attack in Benghazi while she was secretary of state.
In leaked chapter of her upcoming book, Hard Choices, Clinton said that Republicans who “exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country.”
“I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans,” she wrote. “It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me.”
Speaking to Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday, Priebus accused Clinton of “playing politics with this from the very beginning.”
"She, the secretary of state, should have known that this was al Qaeda the entire time," he insisted. "She played a part in the White House’s cover-up of what this is all about in Benghazi… Hillary Clinton is politics 24/7, and this is no different."
The RNC chair asserted that if Clinton was too exhausted to “report for duty” for interviews on Fox News and other Sunday television shows, then he didn’t “know how she can be president of the United States.”
Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is busy running for reelection, but that hasn’t stopped his former Fox News colleagues from promoting him as a possible 2016 presidential candidate. Fox News has praised Kasich’s tenure as governor, and touted him as “a serious potential candidate for president” with a record that gives progressives “reason to fear.”
Kasich is the quintessential Fox News candidate, having used a perch at the network to profitably stay in the public eye between runs for public office. He joined Fox in 2001 after serving nine terms in Congress and left in 2009 to run for Ohio governor. He was a frequent presence on the network as a guest host for The O’Reilly Factor, and the host of the programs From The Heartland and Heroes.
Fox News treated Kasich to numerous softball interviews during his successful 2010 run. Sean Hannity told Kasich during one such interview: “You do me a favor. Go get elected governor” and “You can help us. Win the state of Ohio.” During an appearance on The O’Reilly Factor, Kasich asked for donations while Fox News put his website address on-screen (which drew a complaint from the Democratic Governors Association).
Kasich’s gubernatorial campaign also received fundraising support from Fox News. Sean Hannity headlined a "high-dollar fund-raiser" for Kasich in October 2009. Mike Huckabee appeared at a 2009 Kasich campaign event. Fox News founder Rupert Murdoch and his then-wife contributed $20,000 to the campaign, and then-Fox News parent company News Corporation gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association, which helped elect Kasich.
Kasich has claimed he’s not interested in running for president in 2016, telling an Ohio reporter that he “tried to run for president back at the end of the ’90s and 2000 and no one was interested … Now, I’m not interested.” In his gubernatorial campaign, Kasich will likely face Democrat Ed FitzGerald, who has unsuccessfully askedKasich to sign a pledge promising to serve a full term if reelected.
A 2016 Kasich campaign has been a popular topic of conversation for Fox News. While the network frequently applauds Ohio’s economic performance during Kasich’s tenure, the state’s "rate of job growth was below the national average."
Fox News Sunday Anchor Chris Wallace: Kasich A “Serious Potential Candidate For President.”During his March 23 show, Wallace previewed Kasich’s segment by stating, “as the 2016 race for the White House heats up, one potential GOP candidate is counting his states’ economic turnaround.” Wallace later introduced Kasich by focusing on his presidential prospects:
WALLACE: With two years until the 2016 presidential election, there’s a lot of talk the strongest GOP nominee would be a governor from the Midwest. One possibility from the key electoral state of Ohio is making his state’s economic turnaround the basis for his re- election bid in November. Joining us now from Columbus, Ohio, Governor John Kasich and, governor, welcome back to Fox News Sunday.
Wallace’s first question to Kasich was about his tenure as Ohio governor, asking: “What is the secret to your success?” Wallace later asked Kasich about criticism from FitzGerald, including about whether he would pledge to serve his entire term (Kasich dodged the question).
While previewing his show on the March 20 broadcast of Fox News Radio’s Kilmeade & Friends, Wallace said Kasich has led a “big turnaround in the economy of Ohio” and he “really is a serious potential candidate for president in 2016 even though at this point he’s saying, ‘not interested.’”
FoxNews.com’s promotion of Kasich’s interview focused on Kasich and 2016:
Fox VP Cavuto: George Soros “Has Reason To Fear You” In 2016. Fox News host and vice president Neil Cavuto told Kasich on the March 18 edition of Your World that he’s heard “reports” that financier (and Media Matters donor) George Soros “fears you the most of any prospective candidate.” Cavuto then listed Kasich’s “success” as governor, and said Soros “has reason to fear you.” At the end of the interview, Kasich told Cavuto, “you’re the best.”
FoxNews.com Op-Ed: “Why Progressive, George Soros Crowd Fears Run By Ohio Governor.” Republican strategist and lobbyist Van Hipp wrote a March 7 piece touting Kasich’s tenure as governor as a “shining example” of “why the free enterprise system works.” Hipp added: “The more I thought about it, the more I realized why the George Soros crowd fears Kasich the most. They can’t demonize him and use the same old worn out liberal playbook they’ve used against national GOP contenders in recent years.”
Fox News Contributors Tout Kasich As Contender. Kasich has been mentioned by Fox News personalities during discussions about 2016 presidential candidates. Sean Hannity said on January 21 that he wants a president big field with Kasich, among others. Contributor George Will said on February 16’s Fox News Sunday that the race will be decided in the Midwest and said “you have to get three more presidential candidates out of those states — Governors Kasich in Ohio, Snyder in Michigan and Walker in Wisconsin.” And contributor Karl Rove also mentioned Kasich as a potential candidate on the January 13 edition of The O’Reilly Factor.
Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Sunday used the Russian invasion of Crimea to say that the United States should be focusing on stopping undocumented immigrants from coming across its border.
During a Fox News panel discussion on Crimea that included former deputy Pentagon chief Paul Wolfowitz, Ingraham began by blasting the Iraq war, which he helped to orchestrate.
"Upwards or two trillion dollars in Iraq, right? We don’t have a lot to show for it," she said. "We are stumbling still in Afghanistan. The American people — we can talk about, we can do this and we can do that [to stop Russia]. And I understand that, I really do."
"But we have a country right now where people look around and say, why do we only care about borders and sovereignty when they’re other countries’ borders and sovereignty?" the frequent Fox News guest host added. "Why is it that we’re obsessed about that, but in our country, we have a middle class completely flat-lining, we have economic opportunity dwindling?"
Ingraham noted that she had supported the “military adventurism” in Iraq, but people now wanted to know, “Where’s the bang for the buck?”
"You can’t do this in the rearview mirror," Wolfowitz insisted.
"You got to learn from the past, Paul," Ingraham interrupted.
"One of the things to learn from the past, including the past of the 1930s, is if you don’t deter these sort of moves early, when you can do it without military force, you end up in wars," Wolfowitz replied. "And that’s what we’re trying to avoid here."
She’s wrong as usual.
Republicans/conservatives have been attacking Obamacare from all sides with little respect for the truth, such as the recently discredited claim that Obamacare will kill jobs. Oh, whatever will Republicans do now? I know, just make up a new insane piece of sh*t reason why Obamacare most be stopped. You know, something that’s tied into the bible and the seven deadly sins. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Enter Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri on Fox News Sunday.
Blunt: I think any law you pass that discourages people from working can’t be a good idea. Why would we wanna do that? Why would we think that’s a good thing? How does that allow people to prepare for the time when they don’t work?
Obviously this is a load of crap, but that never stops Republicans from spreading it on thick. People always need to work, period. Are they going to sit home and not eat and not clothe their kids because of Obamacare? Chalk up job choice as yet another item that Republicans hate the working class to have.
From the 02.09.2014 edition of Fox’s Fox News Sunday:
Missourians need to vote this cretinous bastard out of office in 2016!
Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway revealed on Sunday that he was a Republican because he doesn’t “believe in safety nets” — even though he admitted they were necessary.
In a interview on Fox News prior to Super Bowl XLVIII, host Chris Wallace pointed out that Elway was a “big Republican” who had contributed “a lot of money” to former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.
"Why do you support the GOP?" Wallace wondered.
"Well, it goes to what my beliefs are," Elway explained. "I believe that we’re given the opportunity to succeed or not succeed."
"I don’t believe in safety nets," he continued. "Obviously, we’ve got to have some kind of safety nets. But I think my philosophy is when given the opportunity to go take advantage of that, I think that’s when you get the best out of people."
Despite agreeing to a budget this month, it seems Congressional Republicans are not yet done holding the economic fate of the country hostage in order to pass aspects of its agenda. In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told host Chris Wallace that it would be “irresponsible” for Republicans not to try to add amendments to a bill raising the debt ceiling, which they may need to pass as early late February. Failure to pass a debt ceiling increase would be catastrophic for the economy, forcing the country to default on its obligations:
WALLACE: So are you saying right here, “We are going to attach something to the debt ceiling”? And if so, what?
MCCONNELL: What I’m saying is we ought to attach something significant for the country to [President Obama’s] request to increase the debt ceiling. That’s been the pattern for 50 years, going back to the Eisenhower administration. I think it’s the responsible thing to do for the country. […]
We’re never going to default — the Speaker and I have made that clear. We’ve never done that. But, it’s irresponsible not to use the discussion — the request of the President to raise the debt ceiling — to try to accomplish something for the country.
Asked for a “good example” of what Republicans could demand in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, McConnell cited the Keystone XL pipeline because it would “create jobs.” In truth, though the project would create nearly 4,000 temporary construction jobs, it would ultimately only create 35 permanent jobs, resulting in “negligible socioeconomic impacts.”Upgrading existing pipelines instead would both create more jobs and help protect the country’s drinking water supply from contamination from leaks.
Since 2011 — motivated in part by the growing influence of the Tea Party — Republicans have viewed the debt ceiling as what McConnell called “a hostage worth ransoming.” It was because of that very brinkmanship that Standard & Poor’s lowered the country’s credit rating, which cost taxpayers $19 billion and lost the country over a million jobs.
Romney added that he is trying not to focus on the past, though.
"But history is in the past, and I’m not going to worry about what could have happened. What I am worried about, is that you have a lot of people who are going to find their premiums going through the roof," he said. "They’re going to find that the doctor they’ve had, they can’t keep. They’re going to find the policies they were promised they could have, they’re not going to be able to keep. And the American people are going to be very, very upset about that."
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said that Phil Robertson’s views of gay people and African Americans are “traditional” values that are endemic to Christianity, Judaism, Islam and suggested, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, that President Obama subscribed to the same beliefs during the 2008 presidential campaign.
The potential 2016 presidential candidate has started an online petition in support of the Duck Dynasty patriarch, who was suspended from the popular A&E show after comparing gay relationships to bestiality and saying that black people were better off before the civil rights movement.
“I think it has come to a point in our culture where political correctness has made it so if you want to take a point of view, it is traditional. it holds to steadfast old fashioned biblical principals, that you’re supposed to just shut up and keep that to yourself,” Huckabee said. “There is a new level of bullying on the part of these militant activist groups, who if anyone says something that holds to the same position that Barack Obama held in 2008 when he was at the Saddleback Church with John McCain made it clear very clear that he opposed same sex marriage, and he said he did so because he was a Christian and because of his biblical views.” Obama eventually embraced marriage equality in May of 2012.
From the 12.22.2013 edition of FNC’s Fox News Sunday:
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Sunday said that he opposed extending a program to for emergency unemployment benefits because it did a “disservice” to African-American workers. During an interview on Fox News Sunday to hype Paul’s “Economic Freedom…
As the nation mourns the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kenney, conservative media figures have attempted to appropriate his legacy and attribute to the beloved former president their conservative ideas and positions. This effort runs counter to Kennedy’s stated positions, speeches, and other historical facts surrounding his presidency.
Kennedy was a self-described “liberal.” In 1960 he accepted the presidential nomination of the New York Liberal Party and said:
What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?” If by “Liberal” they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of “Liberal.” But 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.”
During his presidency, Kennedy was viciously attacked by conservatives. Famously, a flyer labeling him as “Wanted For Treason” was distributed in Dallas the week of the president’s assassination. That flyer accused him of “betraying the Constitution” by “turning the sovereignty of the U.S. over to the communist controlled United Nations.” Referring to Kennedy’s support of civil rights activists, the flyer claimed he had “given support and encouragement to the Communist inspired racial riots.”
Today’s conservatives, by contrast, are in a full-on campaign to claim the slain President as one of their own. It’s no surprise: Kennedy is incredibly popular. A recent Gallup poll found that Americans rate JFK as the “Top Modern President.” 74 percent of respondents ranked Kennedy’s standing in history as “outstanding/above average,” 13 points higher than the next most well-regarded president, Ronald Reagan. Gallup also reported that Kennedy’s presidency has maintained a high approval rating on a consistent basis for over 20 years of polling.
Here are seven right wing media figures who have used the anniversary of the week of Kennedy’s death to try to minimize his liberalism and associate his successes with conservatism.
Glenn Beck: Kennedy Would Be “A Tea Party Radical.” On his November 22 radio show, Glenn Beck claimed that Kennedy has been ”co-opted by the left “and that “if you could bring back the politician JFK was, he wouldn’t be accepted by the Republican Party because he would be a Tea Party radical” who “wouldn’t even recognize what this country has become.”
Rush Limbaugh: Kennedy “Was Not In Any Way A Liberal As You Know Liberals Today.”On his November 21 program, Limbaugh claimed that President Kennedy “was not in any way a liberal as you know liberals today,” citing his support for tax cuts and the fact that he was “proud to be an American.” He added that Kennedy “was not a big believer in the Civil Rights Act.”
In fact, President Kennedy called on Congress to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act in a speech on June 11, 1963. As the bill was debated on the floor of the Senate, his brother Sen. Ted Kennedy said, “My brother was the first President of the United States to state publicly that segregation was morally wrong. His heart and his soul are in this bill.”
Chris Wallace: “There Is A Growing Body Of Thought That In Fact President Kennedy Was Quite Conservative.” During an interview on the November 17 Fox News Sunday with Kennedy’s niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, host Chris Wallace claimed that “there’s a growing body of thought that in fact President Kennedy was quite conservative in some of his policies.” Wallace claimed Kennedy “believed that tax cuts spur the economy.”
In response, Townsend laughed and noted that while conservatives often cite President Kennedy’s support for lowering taxes, the 70 percent top marginal tax rate he favored is way above the current top rate that most conservatives still claim is too high.
Breitbart.com’s AWR Hawkins Highlights JFK’s “Lifetime Membership In The NRA and His Defense of the Second Amendment.” Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins wrote that “two aspects” of Kennedy’s legacy “that are not getting the attention they deserve are his lifetime membership in the NRA and his defense of the Second Amendment.”
While President Kennedy was a member of the organization, the organization at the time was much more focused on “hunting, conservation and marksmanship” than the strident opposition to gun legislation that has become that group’s stock in trade. The Gun Control Act of 1968, a federal law dramatically expanding the regulation of the firearms industry and firearms owners, was passed in part due to outrage over the killings of John Kennedy and his brother Robert.
At a ceremony where former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was given a JFK Profile in Courage Award in May, Kennedy’s daughter Caroline (now the U.S. ambassador to Japan) noted that “our family is still suffering from the heartbreak caused by gun violence.”
Fox News has found a way to honor the upcoming 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination and still stay true to its core Republican-promoting, liberal-demonizing agenda: Spin Democrat JFK as a conservative and paint Lee Harvey Oswald as a “silly, squalid little communist.” As we all know, on Fox, “communist” is synonymous with “liberal.”
The spin started in an interview with JFK’s niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (Bobby Kennedy’s daughter) and JFK’s nephew, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, son of Ted Kennedy. Much of the interview was devoted to, as FoxNews.com called the segment, “Memories of ‘Uncle Jack.’”
But then, at about 7 minutes into the nearly 11-minute interview, Wallace began to try to co-opt Kennedy’s legacy for Fox News. As David, at Crooks and Liars’ Video Café pointed out, Wallace began by suggesting Democrat Kennedy was “quite conservative. From the Fox News transcript (edited for accuracy, punctuation and grammar):
WALLACE: Let’s talk about President Kennedy’s legacy half a century later. There is a growing body of thought that, in fact, that President Kennedy was quite conservative in some of his policies. He was a fierce Cold Warrior, he believed that tax cuts spurred the economy. Kathleen.
Both Kennedy family members politely pushed back. Kennedy Townsend noted that her uncle lowered the tax rate from 90 to 70 percent, which is far higher than the 22 percent rate now. She also said that JFK resisted generals who had wanted to go to war during the Bay of Pigs incident.
Patrick Kennedy pushed back more explicitly, especially with regard to Wallace’s subsequent suggestion that the “very troubled – I think some people would say ‘disastrous’ rollout of OBamaCare …raises doubts about big government solutions.”
PATRICK KENNEDY: Well, I think President Kennedy was so universally beloved because his message was such idealism. It was setting the goals. Obviously, in our own lives and the life of our government we’re not always that efficient in achieving the goals we set for ourselves. But the goal is right. The goal is to treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated from the vantage point that you don’t want to be discriminated against because of preexisting condition in health care.
In the very next segment, the panel discussion, Wallace continued promoting Kennedy’s supposed conservatism. Wallace’s first question to the panel went to George Will, Will didn’t just affirm the “JFK was conservative” meme, he took it a step further to suggest that Kennedy was killed BECAUSE he was too conservative.
WALLACE: And we’re back now with the panel. George, your thoughts about John F. Kennedy’s legacy and this growing notion that he, in fact, espoused a lot of conservative values.
WILL: Well, he was a conventional liberal before liberalism changed in the late 1960s. He was a Cold Warrior in the tradition of Harry Truman, and domestically, he hired as his Treasury Secretary C. Douglas Dillon, a Republican from Wall Street, he did indeed believe in supply side tax cuts, increased revenues from lower rates.
Chris, more people, substantially more people visit the fifth floor museum in the Texas Book Depository as it then was, than visit the Kennedy library. Which suggests to me that his hold on the nation’s imagination has more to do with the way he died than the way he lived. In fact, his record was rather thin.
And what his death did, was it gave rise to a narrative that America was somehow deeply flawed because of this. …Now, the narrative that immediately emerged, was a streak of violence, particularly on the right, killed Kennedy. We happen to know he was killed by a silly, squalid, little communist.
I’m surprised nobody found a way to blame President Obama or Hillary Clinton for it. But maybe that’s coming.