The Political Life of JFK

Many people believe that all you do in a political campaign is show up and and look good, however political candidates, like John F. Kennedy, actually have a lot more on their plates. John F. Kennedy, or JFK, started his career by being elected into the House of Representatives. Seven years later he would move up to a seat in Congress. A while later he expanded his political knowledge by working his way up to the House of Representatives and the Senate. Finally, John F. Kennedy had, at this time, done the unimaginable, except he wanted to go further so he also ran and was elected to be the next president of the United States. This then concluded with his death and great legacy that was left by the deceased president. Kennedy’s political endeavors, throughout the years, took more than just showing up and “looking good”, JFK’s dedicated political life was a long and complicated process where he did the unimaginable by inspiring people’s hearts, changing their views on politics, and ranking high up in the so called “political scale of success.”John F. Kennedy’s family line had been known for their political interest, so, as you might have already suspected, John was ready to follow in his ancestors footsteps. He started this political journey in 1947, when he was elected to the House of Representatives (John F. Kennedy: A Featured Biography). The House of Representatives is one part of the legislature that is one of the three branches of the U.S. government. The House works with the Senate to make laws. The House has 435 elected representatives total. The number of representatives for each state vary depending on how many people are in the total population the state.When John F. Kennedy was elected to the House of Representatives in the Election of 1946, there also happened to be a lot of people who would be important in the future of the country. As it says on History, Art & Archives, “Among the first-term Representatives were future Speaker of the House Carl Albert of Oklahoma and Frederick A.C. Muhlenberg of Pennsylvania—the great-great-grandnephew of the first House Speaker. Others included future House Public Works Committee Chairman John Blatnik of Minnesota, future Senators Jacob Javits of New York and George Smathers of Florida, and Katharine St. George of New York, who became the first woman ever to serve on the influential House Rules Committee. The new class also included two future Presidents: John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Richard M. Nixon of California.” There were very many important people in that group of people, eight exactly.While in office, JFK helped the House debate many new acts that would help the community. As it says in the Prologue Magazine, “During his first term in the House, the Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive housing bill (Taft-Wagner-Ellender Bill) that was blocked by conservatives in the House Banking Committee.” This means that this new act would work with the two political parties to compromise with the issues later mentioned. This article goes on to say that this act would help support the veterans and help them find suitable housing for them after their terms of service were over. It also says that the government would help to improve the labor or work issues of the time (Prologue Magazine).John F. Kennedy was not particularly known for being in the House. Even if he was a well known politician at that time JFK used this opportunity to help kick start his political career by giving him more expertise in the complicated field of politics. JFK continued his political work in the House of Representatives for seven years. Seven years later he still wanted more so he ran for the Senate and, like he wanted, got voted in.Finally, John was “moving up the political ladder” to a seat in the Senate. He continued to fulfill his families and his dreams to be high up in the political world. His name became more renown throughout the States because of his youth and position in the government. The name “John F. Kennedy” was now being known as a beacon of power in the States. Kennedy served in the Senate for eight years before moving on to his largest vision of becoming a president of the United States.The Senate is another branch of the government that also works to make laws. The Senate is similar to the House of Representatives because they both work together to make laws for the nation. Also both of them are part of the legislative branch of the government which all together collaborates to make the laws. The Senate, however, has 100 senators total and does not work with a population based system for limiting the number of senators each state can send in. The Senate gives each state, no matter how big or small, two senators that the state is allowed to send to represent itself in the Senate. This was more favored among the smaller states because they were not able to be outnumbered by the larger and places where the population is more dense.During JFK’s time on the Senate, the Senate was just recovering from a time of a Republican dominion over the Senate. This happened because some senators died and others resigned from their position (INSERT CITATION). This caused the Senate to be lopsided with the Republicans “dominating the scale”. If you look throughout history, you can see that when one party or group of people dominated one area of land the overall feel of the area was very biased towards the greater party. If you apply this to government, you will see that if one party overpowers the other then the votes will be biased towards the larger and more powerful party. This means that the smaller party will not get as much of a say as the other group because they are domineering over the other parties and their unbalanced members.After accomplishing this amazing feat John F. Kennedy was glad that he held up his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather’s legacies and their expectations for him. “President Kennedy’s great-grandparents emigrated from Ireland to the US in the mid-19th century [or the middle of the 1800’s]. Both the President’s grandfathers enjoyed distinguished political careers. His paternal grandfather was a state senator and a behind-the-scenes political operator. His maternal grandfather was a Congressman and Mayor of Boston. President Kennedy’s parents, Rose Fitzgerald and Joseph Kennedy, were born into very comfortable homes, and their upbringing reflected that security. They both lived in large houses, with servants, and both went to excellent schools. Joseph began a successful career in banking and Rose worked closely with her father, as he served as the Mayor of Boston.” (History Central) The Kennedy family, as it is well proven, was a very political oriented family. Most of them, even John F. Kennedy’s maternal side, were focused on politics in one way or another. Some of them were senators and some were Congressmen. Even JFK’sPresidential DebatesKennedy’s religious views bothered some of some of the voters.Nixon dropped the religious topic for the debates and went on how Kennedy was too inexperienced to be the president.Kennedy stressed his character (like his WWII heroism [he was stranded on an island and the coconut with the message saved them), Nixon stressed his experience as Vice President for 8 years.The TV CampaignsRadio listeners liked Nixon better, he had a more reassuring voiceTV watchers liked Kennedy better, he had a better “stage presence” and he looked more “well-rested and well-tanned”Kennedy eventually won Quote off of JFK Library Website: “Most importantly, JFK spoke directly to the cameras and the national audience. Nixon, in traditional debating style, appeared to be responding to Kennedy. Most Americans watching the debates felt that Kennedy had won. (Most radio listeners seemed to give the edge to Nixon.)”The President of the United States, a great honor. John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy says, “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” “In a time of domestic crisis, men of goodwill and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics.”John F. Kennedy was a well respected President and definitely one of America’s favorites. JFK was a legend however all legends have to go some time and JFK’s time was on November 22, 1963. The president and his wife were driving to the Dallas Trade Mart, for his next speaking engagement, in a convertible with the roof down by the president’s request. He wanted it down so that he could see the people and so they could see him. However this choice ended up back-firing because shortly after 12:30, shots were heard and the president slumped over into his wife’s lap, dead. Two shots had hit the president in the head and neck. The president was pronounced dead later that day. At the time of death no one knew who had shot the president. Later, Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the murder of President Kennedy. However, he was arrested at a bar, after being shot twice and badly wounded by the nightclub owner. The murder of the president was mourned throughout the country for years and the country was greatly impacted by it. Kennedy’s legacy to the American people left hope for them, even though it was a solom time for the country. John Fitzgerald Kennedy tragic died impacted many and put our country into a mood of sorrow. However, in those times of sorrow we look back to see how John F. Kennedy had helped the United States achieve greatness. One example of this is when John F. Kennedy asked Congress to support the American Space Race against Russia.

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