No, when historians classify John F. Kennedy as a liberal, it's precisely because we're judging him "on many issues by the standards of his day."
Let's roll the tape.
I've already outlined JFK's liberal stances during his presidency:
While that record of liberalism is clear, we can also look at his longer congressional record from 1947-1960 and see how leading liberal organizations rated it
And guess what? "By the standards of the day," he was clearly seen by liberals as a liberal.
The liberal organization Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), for instance, rated every member of Congress, weighing each of their votes on a series of key measures.
Throughout his career in the House and Senate, the ADA rated John F. Kennedy as liberal year after year.
Other liberal outlets -- again, judging Kennedy "by the standards of the day" -- likewise saw his record as overwhelmingly liberal.
The @newrepublic, for instance, looked over Kennedy's congressional career from 1947-1958 and gave him a 91% liberal rating.
I could go on and on, but the record is quite clear.
You're welcome to judge him by your own standards, but "by the standards of his day," JFK was absolutely *not* seen as a "conservative Democrat." He was rightly recognized as a liberal.
And here's the ... well, I guess technically it's a response. Unbelievable.
Those "numerical ratings" he's dismissing are *precisely* based on the issues.
Here's the 1960 ADA scorecard counting votes on civil rights, taxes, medical care for the aged, minimum wage, public housing, education, etc.
JFK voted the liberal position on every single one!
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