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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 that mantle.
JFK, Conservative is sure to appeal to conservative readers - and will force liberals to reconsider one of their icons.
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By Wayne on 03-15-17
I listened to and rated this book 3.5 years ago and was impressed by the case that author Ira Stoll made that JFK was a conservative. He favored tax cuts to increase economic activity and increase total government revenues. He increased military spending and wanted a stronger military. He favored free and fair trade. He restrained domestic spending. He restrained immigration except that from Cuba. He told citizens not to ask what their country could do for them, but to ask what they could do for their country. He was very patriotic and pro US. He believed in free markets and opposed any movement toward socialism. He fought organized crime as no other president has.
By today's standards Kennedy was a very conservative president. The Democrat Party has moved so far left since the early 1960s that a candidate of JFK's beliefs could not be nominated as candidate for president of his party.
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