John Fitzgerald Kennedy
President Kennedy
Born: May 29, 1917, Massachusetts,
Murdered: November 22, 1963 (aged 46)
Political party Democratic party
Religion Irish Catholic
35th President of the United States January 20, 1961 – November 22, 1963
John F. Kennedy was the greatest United States President and has since become a liberal icon. He can be considered the liberal counter-part of Ronald Reagan. Besides Obama, he was the only president who wasn't a WASP (though he was white, he was Irish-American and he wasn't a Protestant, but a Catholic). He made the early 1960s a period of infinite hope and progress. Kennedy is best remembered for his determined stand against nuclear bases in Cuba, his support of civil rights for African Americans, and his successful call for a human mission to the moon by the end of the 1960s.

JFK enacted Civil rights laws, saved the world from a nuclear war and many other generous actions. Sadly, he was brutally murdered by Communist sympathizer Lee Harvey Oswald.

Helping poor peopleEdit

Kennedy was keen to help the American poor people as well as poor people in the Third World. He pledged to work at ending poverty and misery in his inaugural speech.

To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required – not because the communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. [3]

Kennedy himself was one of the few who are rich, he introduced food stamps and tried to introduce limited Medicare. [1] It was left to Kennedy's successor, LBJ to get the first Medicare started. [2] Would Kennedy have done more given time? Possibly, but he was killed before he could do very much.

Brief life historyEdit

He was in the Navy (saving a bunch of people in WWII and incurring a back injury that'd force him to wear a brace for the rest of his life, which would cost him his life), slept with Marilyn Monroe, stopped Cuba from getting Nuclear Bombs, and set the national priority to getting to the moon. A huge aircraft carrier was named after him.

His Connections to those around himEdit

Kennedy's family was Rich, and unfortunately Kennedy was keener on Tax cuts for the rich than modern Democrats are. [3] Despite this Kennedy did many good things and was more progressive than others of his time. In the mid 20th Century Kennedy was probably as liberal as any presidential candidate could be if he hoped to win the election. George McGovern and Walter Mondale were both more liberal than Kennedy but neither was elected.

Ending the wage gapEdit

In June 1963, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act of 1963. This law illegalized paying women less than men because of gender. Thus the wage gap doesn't exist (except as an earnings gap).

What if he wasn't Assassinated?Edit

There are many speculations and theories as to how the country would have panned out has JFK not been assassinated. Kennedy would have easily been reelected in the 1964 U.S. Presidential Election, assuming his Addison's disease didn't kill him, and would have finished his two-term presidency. It is most certain that the situation in Vietnam wouldn't have been escalated as it did under Johnson. Kennedy had actually asked his top advisers for all possibilities on how to handle Vietnam including a way to pull out. If Kennedy pulled out of Vietnam, he most likely would've waited until after he won re-election in 1964.

The Civil Rights Act most likely would've taken a hit if Kennedy had lived, or at least had to wait until after the 1964 election. Kennedy was a Northern Democrat. The reason the Civil Rights Act was able to be passed in 1964 was because Johnson was a Southern Democrat and Southern Democrats were more willing to support legislation by a Southern President rather than a Northerner like Kennedy.

John F. Kennedy lived with Addison's Disease, a rare condition affection 1 out of 100,000 people. Because of this, many speculate he would have died sometime during the 1980s. However, a normal lifespan can be reached if patients take their prescribed medication [4]. Assuming he lived to at least the average age of 78 years old, his death would have been no earlier than 1995. He definitely would have served as a big influence for many activists, especially in the Civil Rights Movement.

See alsoEdit


  1. John F. Kennedy
  2. Medicare Turns 48
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  4. [2]

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