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Letter: John F. Kennedy would not be 'a radical right-winger' if he were alive today

These radical right wingers (keep in mind, I am not talking about the decent people who make up the majority of the Republican party) are the people aligning with White supremacists, like the Proud Boys, anti-government paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers, who are basically domestic terrorists, and other groups who are associated with the Neo-Nazis and the KKK.

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John F Kennedy was the Democrat who was elected as the 35th president in 1960, which ended eight years of Republican leadership under Dwight D Eisenhauer.

Kennedy was the first Catholic to be elected and the second youngest person to serve as president. He won this election by defeating Richard Nixon, a moderate Republican. He was elected on a platform that included:

1) Strong support for immigration to the U.S. to improve our workforce, especially people who were coming here as refugees.

2) Strong support of the United Nations to improve our relations with our allies. 3) The idea of raising taxes when our country was doing well economically, so we didn’t have to deficit spend when the economy slowed. 4) Strong support of labor unions and collective bargaining to ensure living wages for the common man.

5) Strong support of the Food Stamp program because we had an obligation to care for the least of us as well as supporting business.

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6) Strong support of low-rent public housing and low-cost mortgages to ensure everyone would have decent housing.

7) Strong support of a new program called Medicare because seniors were unable to afford basic medical care.

8) Strong support for Social Security to maintain income for people who were no longer able to work and were falling into poverty.

9) Strong support for pollution control and alternative energy like nuclear power to bring down pollution.

10) Federal involvement in affirmative action to continue helping victims of racism.

I bring up this bit of history in response to a statement made by Dan Bohmer (who is currently running as a Republican for the Minnesota District 4 Senate seat). He states, “I am more in line with John Kennedy, he’d be a radical right-winger if he were alive today.” Mr. Bohmer is entitled to his political opinions, but he is not entitled to rewrite history. The extraordinary man who championed this moderate liberal program would never align with the radical right of today’s conservative party.

These radical right wingers (keep in mind, I am not talking about the decent people who make up the majority of the Republican party) are the people aligning with White supremacists, like the Proud Boys, anti-government paramilitary groups like the Oath Keepers, who are basically domestic terrorists, and other groups who are associated with the Neo-Nazis and the KKK.

John Kennedy fought against Nazism in WWII and would find these people reprehensible. He was a person who loved his country and was probably turning in his grave when they attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 – looting, robbing, and doing hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to our national property.

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They did this blindly, at the urging of a disgraced and defeated president they worship as a God, and put our democracy and our Constitution in jeopardy.

As a strong supporter of law enforcement, Kennedy would have mourned the murder of four police officers and the injuries to dozens of others. Any reasonable person who would look at what John Kennedy stood for would not defame his name by grouping him with these hate mongers.

Mr. Bohmer, I understand you are a little younger and you were most likely not around or very young when John Kennedy was alive, so I will paraphrase for you what Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (senator from Texas) said to another Republican (Dan Quayle) trying to claim he was like JFK in the 1988 elections:

“We knew John Kennedy, we were around when John Kennedy was alive, we watched what John Kennedy accomplished. Mr. Bohmer, you are no John Kennedy.”

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