Political Views of JFK, MLK, and Lincoln-Aspect 2-Political Views
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Jim Chizmar's comment, March 13, 2013 1:56 PM
Look magazine labeled Kennedy as a conservative, but Kennedy hadn't revealed his ideologies at the time. During the primary, Kennedy showed support for public housing, higher minimum wages, and better veteran benefits. Though he showed his views, he didn't make it clear that he was a liberal. He lacked a clear image. This made him appeal to more people.
Jim Chizmar's comment, March 13, 2013 2:01 PM
In August of 1946 Kennedy made a speech about his party. He said that the Democratic Party has always been for the people and has always supported progressive liberalism. Later he made a speech similar in nature to the Junior League in Boston. He then went on to talk about all the contributions that his party had made.
Jim Chizmar's comment, March 13, 2013 2:06 PM
He was very anti-communistic and made efforts to reduce spending in his 1946 campaign. This caused him to be identified as a conservative. Kennedy furthered his conservative outlooks in his run for Senate. He criticized Truman's foreign policy and felt that it should have addressed communism more. He described the situation as the "tragic story of China whose freedom we once fought to preserve".
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The Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project

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Jim Chizmar's comment, March 12, 2013 11:12 PM
Though Martin Luther King, Jr. was warned by an Indiana minister, he didn’t believe that the Democratic Party was using him. Burchfield told him to publically express that as a black man he wouldn’t be used for a political agenda. King believed that his father was old enough to make his own decisions and have the right to vote however he wants.
Jim Chizmar's comment, March 12, 2013 11:16 PM
King believed that people weren’t accurately informed of his political affiliations. He refused to endorse either candidate for President. His policy was always non-partisan. He goes on to say that his father had the right to vote either way, and that his father’s position was not necessarily his position.
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Abraham Lincoln and His Political Party

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Jim Chizmar's comment, March 12, 2013 10:41 PM
In the 1800s the Republicans’ main goal was to fight slavery. Lincoln led them; voting against formal compromises of the issue. Republicans during the 1800s were completely against the legalization of slavery throughout the United States. Abraham Lincoln sometimes used quotes and documents out of context to prove that the founders believed in the same ideologies of the Republicans.
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Tami Yaklich's comment, March 22, 2013 12:20 AM
Interesting info! Good interview results
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 22, 2013 12:20 AM
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MLK Was a Republican

Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tells how her uncle and family were and still are republicans
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Jim Chizmar's comment, March 12, 2013 11:28 PM
Alveda King says that her uncle (MLK Jr) was a Republican. The Republican party has always supported helping out the oppressed. Today the issue of abortion is comparable to the oppressed black people of yesterday. Martin Luther King Jr. has always and would still support the Republican party today.
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How Would Lincoln Vote Today? | NewAmerica.net

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Jim Chizmar's comment, March 12, 2013 10:47 PM
Economically, President Lincoln was in favor of many different policies. He is quoted as saying in his campaign manifesto that he was for: a national bank, the internal improvements system, and a high protective tariff. To sum up his beliefs, Abraham Lincoln believed in a powerful federal government to promote infrastructure and manufacturing.
Jim Chizmar's comment, March 12, 2013 10:55 PM
Lincoln was for federal government support of American industries to combat competition. Before being elected president, Lincoln is quoted as saying that he was for protectionist tariffs. Lincoln and the Congress of his time, caused US tariffs on imports to range between 40 and 50 percent. Defying free trade, the United States became a big industrial power using their policy of import substitution.
Jim Chizmar's comment, March 12, 2013 11:04 PM
Anyone in a modern-day society with Lincoln’s views and political beliefs would not be considered Republican today. Until recently, people with similar views could be considered moderate Republicans. However, the modern-day party has kicked out ‘Lincoln Republicans’ by religious and free-market thinkers. The states that elected Lincoln side more with the Democrats now.
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Interview Results

Interview Results

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Questions

1. Do you think that JFK was a good president?  Why or why not? How do you feel about his accomplishments?

2. Do you think people remember him because he was a good president or do you think that his assassination had anything major to do with it?  Why or why not?  Is his legacy wrong?  Why or why not?

3. Do you think JFK had similar policies to today’s democratic party?  How has the party changed?

4. Do you think Martin Luther King Jr. was more of a conservative or liberal?  How do his party views compare with the modern day party views?

5. What else did Martin Luther King Jr. stand for?

6. How do nonviolent protests of today compare to MLK’s?  Does his message and methods hold up?

7. Does the Republican party of today hold the same views as Lincoln?  How are they the same?  How do they differ?

8. Do you think that Lincoln was a good president? Why or why not? What was good/bad about him in your opinion?

9. Was Lincoln right in making the slave issue a federal issue?  Should it have remained a state issue?  Do you think the South’s actions were treasonous?  Why or why not?

10. Were States’ rights harmed by the result of the Civil War?  How so/not?  Are States’ at a disadvantage when dealing with federal laws today?  How?

 

Mr. Crovak's answers

1. I do not think Kennedy was a good President. I feel he was average at best. I think that the media of the time loved him because he gave them access to the White House. He also was a well coached speaker and knew how to use television to give the appearance of being effective.

2. I feel his legacy is wrong. He was a media creation. Revisionist historians have done a great job of making the "Kennedy myth" seem real.

3. His policies were quite liberal for the 1960's. However, in today's world, he is very much in line with the modern Republican Party.

4. MLK Jr. was actually quite conservative in his economic views. Socially he was liberal in my opinion. I don't think he would agree with the modern Democratic Party view of government handouts. 

5. Outside of his Civil Rights views, I really don't know much about MLK Jr.

6. MLK Jr. was the champion of nonviolent protest. I feel protests of today are very much in line with his.

7. No party today is the same as it was in 1860's. Names are the same that is all. The modern issues and the transition of the election process has made politics much different.

8. Lincoln was awesome. Lincoln was able to re-assemble a country that was fractured by civil war. Lincoln was a skilled politician that was able to isolate his political opponents so they had no choice but to support him. He may be the best ever?

9. That question was the basis of the civil war. Slavery had to be a national issue. As more territories joined the union, slavery issues were affecting national politics. The "slavery question" had to be answered. Rebelling against your government is treasonous. I also feel the southern states didn't really have a choice. 

10. States rights were harmed by the Civil War, no question. States are at a disadvantage because they rely on Federal money. The Federal government can get the states to do just about anything because money will be withheld for various projects. The people of that state will suffer and the politicians of that state will be blamed. The only time the US government stays out of the "states" business is when there is a controversial issue that national politicians don't want to deal with. In my opinion, the 10th Amendment needs to be followed. 

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