You've sure got THAT right!
Back when I joined the party, JFK and the Dems were opposed to "free stuff". "... Ask not what (our) country can do for (us)..."
JFK and the Dems understood the concept of "Duty". "... Ask what (we) can do for (our) country..."
JFK and the Dems were for a strong defense. "Let every nation know..."
JFK and the Dems understood that tax cuts for the wealthy would spur the economy and so they slashed the marginal rates.
JFK and the Dems didn't blink when they threatened Khrushchev -- they despised Communism.
The Dems of my day were more conservative than most of today's Repubs. And many of today's Dems ARE Communists.