What does this have to do with today? The contempt with which the media and many elites treat the American people is a continuing issue from the time of John Kennedy to the present. Even Mitt Romney fell into that trap during his latest Presidential campaign. Romney’s 47 percent comment was indicative of his inability to connect with the majority of the American people.
Romney believed in America but President Reagan believed in the American people. Reagan never blamed the people and trusted them greatly. He blamed the government whom he saw were enslaving the people, with some good jabs thrown in at the media and academia that think bureaucracy knows better than those with time honored values and common sense.
The goodness of the American people was not lost in 1963 or 1981. Indeed their greatness was shown in amazing proportions in the days after those tragedies. We see that same spirit today whenever there is a natural disaster or other sad event. Any political candidate who falls into the elitist trap by blaming the people will ultimately fail. This is one of the lessons given to us by President Reagan. If he had lived John Kennedy, a tax cutting and pragmatic cold warrior, would likely have said the same.