I sincerely hope the freepers who continually lick JFK's boot straps and repeat this myth on every JFK thread don't actually believe it. If you confront many of them over Kennedy's ACTUAL beliefs/policies they'll begrungedly admit he was a loyal FDR new deal liberal but then start yapping about how we have to PRETEND he was conservative on internet forums because it will "show today's Dems their party has left them.." blah blah blah.
Personally I think our side converts as many Dems by quoting Kennedy's "conservative" beliefs as their side does by quoting Eisenhower and saying "even REPUBLICAN Eisenhower warned about the millitary-industrial complex..." I haven't met person yet that said "OMG! I WAS a Republican until I realized TODAY'S REPUBLICANS are puppets of the military-industrial complex than Eisenhower warned about!" History revisionism on both sides is beyond ridiculous. Ike would not have hung out at ANSWER rallies with Cindy Sheehan and Kennedy would not have joined the GOP and been a Reaganite.
If any freeper would have voted for "conservative" JFK over Nixon in 1960, shame on you. That election was EXTREMELY close and it's sickening to think that some people who call themselves conservative would have joined Daley's criminal RAT machine in Chicago and illegal aliens in Texas to put JFK over the top on the electoral map. Nixon was certainly not a reliable right-winger (personally I think Newt is the closest to him ideologically... liberals think both are Darth Vader even though they routinely stab conservatives in the back to show what "intellectuals" they are). However, Nixon was still 10x more conservative than Kennedy. If you want to know why this country is now flooded with third world immigrants that we would have never dreamed of in Eisenhower's time, look no further than JFK. The 1965 Immigration Act was written by his brother Ted after JFK had made such legislation ending "unfair" immigration quotas a centerpiece of his "new frontier" administration. Virtually all of Johnson's policies were just continuations and beefed up versions of Kennedy proposals -- in fact, that's one of the reasons he was so successful in getting them through Congress. LBJ would invoke the dead President's memory, cite Kennedy's support his liberal programs, and say we had to pass so-and-so socialist scam as a "tribute" to him. The 1960s caused enormous damage to this country and it would have never happened if Kennedy/Johnson hasn't gotten in power in the first place.
I applaud you!