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The Stanford article is quite illuminating, in that it suggests that Kennedy had to be cajoled into the Civil Rights reforms that he made, following exposure in the national media. Was that due to the influence of the Dixiecrats?
Even as early as Roosevelt, you could see that the Democrats were becoming enlightened with regard to blacks. (In fact, Eleanor Roosevelt was called every name in the book for her stands on civil rights.) I don't think Kennedy was cajoled, but instead seized the moment. If it wasn't for civil rights movement, he would have not had the opportunity to help lead, and if he had been a different sort of person, he might very well have chosen not to lead or even paid lip service to the Dixiecrats.
By the way, happy New Year to you and Ms. GomezCat.
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Think you need to put this in a historical context, many powerful men at that time did a ton of indiscretions, the difference is that they were not spoken of publicly and there was less scrutiny. This is less of a Democratic or Republican thing, but more of a power thing and something not publicized. Wasn' it around that time that a powerful Republican from the south was caught drunk, frolicing in a public fountain with a hooker?
I cannot defend what Clinton did and not defending what JFK did, only reminding the historical context. But what both did pales in comparison to what GWB did and all of his lies that led us to Iraq and the subsequent deaths of many Iraqis and US soldiers.
I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT HISTORY, I AM TALKING ABOUT CHARACTER AND DECENCY AND THE FEELINGS OF HUMAN BEINGS YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO LOVE "YOUR FAMILY"