X Men: First Class sparks the question: Can you name one modern Democrat of stature who could convincingly give JFK's Cuban Missile Crisis speech? Can't think of one? That's what I thought.

The trailer for X Men: First Class is out and, truth be told, it’s not half as bad as I thought it was going to be. In fact, it has generally piqued my interest. However, the part of the trailer not likely to get a written response by most people is John F. Kennedy’s Cuban Missile Crisis Voice over:

It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba against any nation in the Western Hemisphere as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States  [requiring a full retaliatory response upon the Soviet Union.]

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender [or submission]

The bracketed portions were not included in the movie trailer, but were in Kennedy’s original address. While it raises my eyebrows that Marvel chose very specific places to cut off the text, I’d rather focus on Kennedy. ( Besides, only a few people know if it’s really the case that Marvel wouldn’t dare risk having “full retaliatory response” and a word associated with Islam anywhere near their American film, lest it give insane clerics and CAIR more conspiracy theory fodder.)

Ask yourself if there are any modern Democrats of stature who you could see convincingly giving Kennedy’s Cuban Missile Address to the American people. Our current President? Nancy Pelosi? Harry “surrender in Iraq” Reid?

JFK Democrats surely exist within the electorate, but it’s incumbent upon them to realize that their Party as a whole has purged any modicum of moderation from the ranks. In some sense it’s fitting that Marvel—with its clear liberal bent—didn’t include Kennedy’s assertion that the American people would never submit, because today’s liberals are all too eager to submit on a wide range of issues.

  • Culture? All cultures are equal.
  • Dictators and despots? If we say really nice things to them and apologize for real and imagined slights maybe they’ll cooperate with us.
  • European unemployment numbers here at home? Get used to it; that’s the price we must pay for “free” health care and entitlements that begin before the umbilical cord is cut.
  • Unions? Just do what they say, fiscal sanity be damned.

Republicans habitually try and model themselves after Ronald Reagan. President Obama has even referred to himself as “The Gipper”… They may embarrassingly fail at doing so for a number of reasons, but at least the principles Reagan stood for are required rhetoric on the campaign trail. To the modern Democrat, JFK is all kinds of MIA. The closest thing to a Classical Liberal is a Conservative, and the closest thing to a JFK Democrat is a RINO.

Now excuse me while I watch the trailer to X Men: First Class one more time.

1 comment

  1. Charles Krathaummer said that the reason he switched from being a Democrat to a Republican is because “I didn’t change. The Democrat Party did.” He felt that by the 1980s (when he switched), the JFK Democrat was disappearing. And he was right. They have disappeared. The Democrats were co-opted by the New Left, aka the hippies.

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