JFK is America's first neoconservative president because he embodied so much of what today's neoconservatives espouse.
There are John Fitzgerald Kennedy's famous tax cuts that he said would help energize our economy--and which he did. There was his pledge to go anywhere to support the cause of freedom--kind of what the George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush did.
A neoconservative is a former liberal who now is a conservative. That's me, as a prior Barbershop post explains. But a former liberal who still believes in many of the things that made him (me) a liberal long. Equal rights, for example. Equal rights, as defined by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who advocated for a color-blind society, in which people are judged by the "content of one's character" and not the "color of one's skin." Instead of today's corruption of equal rights--affirmative action programs that do exactly that.
So, I and millions of other neocons (as we are pejoratively called) pause today to remember the man whose ideals we espouse, and unlike the so many on today's extreme left who corrupt those principles.
Join me and 36 other Chicago authors at the Chicago Book Expo this Sunday, Nov. 24 for a signing of my historical novel, "Madness: The War of 1812." Details are here.