John F. Kennedy assassination occurred November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. On this date kids and adults were glued to their television sets in shock as they mourned the death of the 35th president of the United States. As kids we should not dwell on the John F. Kennedy Assassination alone, we also need to learn more about who this man was.
President Kennedy held the respect of Democrats and many Republican alike. While President Kennedy was a Democrat, many of his views and policies would today be considered conservative. President Kennedy had many accomplishments and often worked across party lines. He was friendly to Republicans and appointed some to his cabinet.
- President Kennedy, reduced the top income tax rate from 91% to 65% which resulted in a large increase in the amount of tax collected while leading to economic growth.
- In 1961 he launched the Peace Corps by executive order.
- In 1961 his invasion of Cuba failed at the Bay of Pigs, which ended in paying a ransom of $53 million U.S. dollars in food and medicine to free 1,113 prisoners and 76 additional exiles that were being held in Cuba.
- Kennedy was a leading anti-Communist hawk. He sent forces to invade Cuba and rollback Communism; he increased U.S.military presence in Vietnam and sent the Navy to confront the Soviets during the Cuban Missile Crisis which forced the Soviets to withdraw.
- In June 1963, Kennedy signed the “Equal Pay Act” in an attempt to close the wage gap based on sex.
- Kennedy strongly opposed union corruption, especially in the Teamsters.
- Kennedy pledged promised a major crackdown on organized crime and appointed his brother Bobby as Attorney General with a man
- Kennedy accelerated our space program which led to the United States having the first man (Neil Armstrong) walk on the moon.
John F. Kennedy Assassination
In this video James Swanson author of the book, End of Day’s discusses the events surrounding the John F. Kennedy assassination.
John F. Kennedy the Man
President Kennedy was a good man and kids should learn about more than just the John F. Kennedy assassination and that his image is on the fifty-cent coin. In this video Ira Stoll author of the book JFK Conservative discusses John F. Kennedy the man and why many today may consider him a conservative.