"It’s interesting to compare Donald Trump to John F. Kennedy. Both JFK and PDT supported civil rights for black Americans, but not for illegal aliens. JFK’s coalition looked a lot like PDTs does today, as JFK’s Democrat Party still catered to the needs and desires of working class and southern Americans – just as PDT does today.
"JFKs judicial appointments were more liberal that PDTs, because the litmus issue in those times was civil rights. The Vietnam war arose as a national issue only after the mass drafts of the post JFK years began to bite. Nor did the Boomers elect JFK. In 1960, they were still in high school, and more than ten years away from getting the right to vote as 18 year-olds.
"It is popular among today’s pop “historians” to present the years of the 1960s and 1970s as the decades in which America as a whole finally took up the New Left’s philosophy en masse, but that is simply not the case. The New Left, the hippies, the massive use of drugs, and all the rest of the cultural appurtenances of that time were always a practice of the minority. More young men went off to serve in Vietnam than rioted in the streets for one cause or another. With the possible exception of marijuana, drug use was never practiced by any significant majority of Americans (as is still the case). .... "
Do go read the whole post. It is quite heartening.