“What do our opponents mean when they apply to us the label “Liberal?” If by “Liberal” they mean, as they want people to believe, someone who is soft in his policies abroad, who is against local government, and who is unconcerned with the taxpayer’s dollar, then the record of this party and its members demonstrate that we are not that kind of “Liberal.” But if by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal,” then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”
- John F. Kennedy, Accepting the NY Liberal Party’s Nomination, 1960
Coincidentally, JFK appointed a *shock* Republican, C. Douglas Dillon, as his Secretary of Treasury, because, in his words, approximated: “if we want to pay for all of these social programs, it would be a good idea to have someone as the Secretary of Treasury that knows the names of the people on Wall Street so we can pay for them.”
I miss that time period, so very much. It’s a huge part of why I love JFK. Can you imagine something like the Kennedy-Goldwater debates these days? Man, how inspiring that would be.
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