As the Democratic Party’s candidates are preparing for the 2020 presidential primary I decided to compare what then candidate John F. Kennedy said and believed in comparison to what the current field of candidates say and believe.
In doing my research I came across a campaign poster for John Fitzgerald Kennedy [click here to view it]. The Kennedy poster states:
“LET US NOT SEEK
the REPUBLICAN ANSWER
but the RIGHT answer
LET US NOT SEEK
to fix the blame
FOR THE PAST
LET US ACCEPT
At the bottom of the poster was printed “The American’s Creed” written by William Tyler Page. William Tyler Page was an American public servant. He worked on the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. for 61 years, first as a page boy and later as a clerk of the United States House of Representatives.
Here are the words printed exactly as they appear on then candidate Kennedy’s campaign poster:
I BELIEVE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AS A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign NATION OF MANY SOVEREIGN STATES; a perfect union one and inseparable established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which AMERICAN PATRIOTS SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES AND FORTUNES. I therefore believe it is my DUTY TO MY COUNTRY to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
Let’s compare and contrast statements by the two leading Democratic Party candidates to the words of candidate John F. Kennedy.
Current front runner Joe Biden:
“…if we give Donald Trump eight years in the White House, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation, who we are, and I cannot stand by and watch that happen.”
John F. Kennedy, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the right answer.”
“Our campaign is about more than beating Donald Trump. It’s about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.”
John F. Kennedy, “I therefore believe it is my DUTY TO MY COUNTRY to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.”
Here is what President Trump said during his inaugural speech:
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another — but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered — but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes — starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
President Trump sounds very much like JFK. More so than the candidates currently running on the Democratic ticket.