State of Our Union: Welfare and Helping the Poor


I think many Americans and historians would agree that the last good, in this case, great, Democrat Party president was JFK John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, probably the most popular First Lady since Dolley Madison.

It seems that too often the good die young. But he left a rich legacy that Democrats do not emulate today – they have chosen the progressive-socialist path that Woodrow Wilson and FDR paved the way for its expansion and long-term goals.

He was the first Catholic President of the United States. It was a time in America called “Camelot” because of its tragic ending, just as the tales of King Arthur and his Court; the loss of glamor in the eyes of the American people for the government.
Yes, I know there is proof that he had out-of-marriage sexual affairs, and although I do not condone such behavior – at least he kept it away from the Oval Office and didn’t sexually take advantage of young interns.

He was still a great president in terms of domestic affairs as well as foreign policy – and was a visionary for the future of America and its people.

Raised in a family that is used to wealth and political power, whose father made his fortune by bootlegging during prohibition and then “retiring” using the money earned to become legitimate; he was more down-to-earth and had a good knowledge of the struggles of every-day life.
A war hero, he had proved his worth in the United States Navy, despite the offer of a more plushy and less dangerous assignment, he became a well-respected PT boat captain in the Pacific Theatre of World War II against the Japanese navy.
It is also true that his father’s contacts from bootlegging and knowing who to influence got him elected, for Americans were cautious about a president being Catholic because of the separation of state and religion ideology. But he proved himself a learned and capable leader, despite his youthful age, being the youngest president at the time in our history.
Of course, his brother, “Teddy” had a bad reputation that his money and political influence seemed to get toned down and undid some of the good that his brother had accomplished in his senator-for-life position. The Kennedy familyowned Massachusetts, and it appears their influence continues today.
His inaugural speech included these famous words:
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what YOU can do for your country.
“Ask not …”
He was a man that believed in helping folks out of predicaments, but frowned upon those that expect government to pay for their laziness and unwillingness to improve themselves. Not taking responsibility for bad decisions/choices – in most cases because they had dropped out of school and/or frowned upon continued education to improve themselves. They, like too many today, look at social programs that help Americans toward helping themselves as an entitlement – not a helping hand that will point them in the right direction. There are those that even believe that those that have must support those that have not – because it is unfair that they have more than others – despite the fact that less than one percent of all those who are considered wealthy have inherited fortunes, but instead worked their way to their position of wealth. There will always be those that abuse that wealth – but that is not the topic here.
He focused upon education, for he knew that Americans can only improve their lives if they are properly educated to meet the task. He offered a “hand-up” and not a “hand-out” warned Congress about raising taxes to meet overspending the budget demands as well as other landmark domestic issues well addressed.
Benjamin Franklin
Dealing with the poor in America, that is using methods that is not welfare, but a helping hand to help themselves is not particularly unique for the 20thcentury and beyond. Benjamin Franklin, in his Management of the Poor text written in 1776 is one of our distinguished founders who knew the difference between welfare and “doing good for the poor” …
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
Jacqueline “Jackie” Kennedy
Our local Habitat for Humanity director says the same thing:
“A helping hand up not a hand out” 
Of course, FDR, the Democrat demagogue, is another story …
Be sure to read about Jackie Kennedy and the terrible day (I quite young then) when he was assassinated – a tearful tale by a dedicated Secret Service agent who respected Jack and Jackie, assigned to the First Lady as her personal security agent. 
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