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1 Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Wed May 06, 2009 8:28 pm

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Jack Kemp was supposed to read this column. A dinner in his honor was scheduled for next week and I had timed the column to appear just prior. The last his friends had heard, he was improving. Now it's too late.



Jack Kemp was deserving of tribute in so many ways -- as a leader, as a thinker, as a family man, and as a Christian (are you still allowed to say that?).

In 1986, when the chessboard was being arranged for the 1988 presidential race, I chose to leave my post in the Reagan White House and go to work for the most exciting political figure in the Republican Party -- Congressman Jack Kemp. A speechwriter for Jack Kemp learns many things -- superfluity being first. I'm not sure why Jack ever hired speechwriters. We all had the same experience. You labored over a 30-minute address. He would go over it and suggest changes (he once corrected my prose by telling me that it "read like an article in Commentary" rather than a campaign speech) and we would proceed to the event. Jack would mount the podium, put the speech on the lectern, and talk for 30 or 40 minutes without once referring to the text in front of him. He would pull articles out of his jacket pocket or respond to something that he heard on the news that morning. His fertile mind was always working. When I was introduced to supporters, they would say "Oh, you write Jack Kemp's speeches!" and I would reply "I write them. He seldom delivers them."

But what Jack had to say would change the Republican Party forever. An autodidact, he had studied economics and history, and became a tireless evangelist for supply-side economics. He peppered his speeches with references to "capital" and "labor" -- which this speechwriter found a little dry -- but he also preached "opportunity" and "growth," which resonated. He recognized that capitalism, and the unique opportunities it can foster, was far more important for those in the middle and at the bottom of the economic pyramid than it was for those at the top. Jack truly and deeply wanted to give people the chance to improve themselves. He had seen how it could work close up. His father had started with nothing. He borrowed money to buy one truck and eventually developed his business into a profitable trucking company. Jack wanted to distribute that kind of opportunity as broadly as possible. As the author of the Kemp/Roth tax cutting legislation, Jack became the godfather of the Reagan domestic agenda.

The United States Congress is chock full of lawyers and other accomplished men and women. But no one read more avidly than the former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. I remember Irving Kristol marveling over his first meeting with Kemp in the 1970s. Kemp had asked Kristol to suggest a reading list. Kristol politely, if skeptically, complied. A few weeks later, Kristol ran into Kemp again and was stunned to discover that Jack had read every book on the list and was ready to discuss them!

Even the fact that Jack became a winning quarterback was a tribute to his grit and buoyant spirit. Though he had been a college star, his pro career did not get off to an easy start. Nothing was handed to him. The AP described it this way: "Kemp was a 17th round 1957 NFL draft pick by the Detroit Lions, but was cut before the season began. After being released by three more NFL teams and the Canadian Football League over the next three years, he joined the American Football League's Los Angeles Chargers as a free agent in 1960. A waivers foul-up two years later would land him with the Buffalo Bills, who got him at the bargain basement price of $100." And yet, Jack Kemp led the Bills to the 1964 and 1965 American Football League's championships, and was voted the league's most valuable player in 1965. He co-founded and became the president of the AFL Players Association, and found time to serve in the Army reserves. He would later say that pro football was excellent preparation for politics: "When I entered the political arena, I had already been booed, cheered, cut, sold, traded, and hung in effigy."

Kemp was more than a supply-side evangelist. He was also a serious student of foreign policy. While his hopes for mankind were expansive, his tolerance for dictators and tyrants was nonexistent. His love of capitalism was inseparable from his love of liberty.

Most of all when I think of Jack Kemp, I think of his tremendous devotion to his wife, Joanne, and to their four children and 17 grandchildren. Though he achieved great things in public life, he managed to do it without neglecting his family. That is a man in full. He will be greatly missed.

2 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Wed May 06, 2009 9:08 pm

gypsy


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I liked Jack Kemp,

3 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Fri May 08, 2009 2:02 pm

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gypsy wrote:I liked Jack Kemp,
I did too. In a room full of politicians quacking like ducks, Kemp was listened to. I disagreed with his views often,but we needed that voice. He was frequently the "check" in the "checks and balances". We are somewhat lesser a nation without him.

4 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Fri May 08, 2009 9:48 pm

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i seem to look around and wonder where all the great politician have gone.. it seems at least in the republican side, there is a vacuum that need filling, obama has alot to learn, he reminds me of what my dad called lieutenants is the army in WWII, they called them
90 day wonders, i had hopes for fred thompson, he fizzled which surprised me, and i thought rudy gulliani, would have done better,

5 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Fri May 08, 2009 9:53 pm

gypsy


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meemoon wrote:
gypsy wrote:I liked Jack Kemp,
I did too. In a room full of politicians quacking like ducks, Kemp was listened to. I disagreed with his views often,but we needed that voice. He was frequently the "check" in the "checks and balances". We are somewhat lesser a nation without him.

I agree on a lesser nation,without him.. he was gifted with the ability to speak and also to follow up his speech with actions, A good Politician. everything about him indicates a good man, and a caring person ,we need more like him..

6 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Sat May 09, 2009 9:36 am

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rosco 357 wrote:i seem to look around and wonder where all the great politician have gone.. it seems at least in the republican side, there is a vacuum that need filling, obama has alot to learn, he reminds me of what my dad called lieutenants is the army in WWII, they called them
90 day wonders, i had hopes for fred thompson, he fizzled which surprised me, and i thought rudy gulliani, would have done better,
Gypsy, I hafta agree with you here. There are good minds that say president Obama's prescription for what we need to cure our present economoic problems are the right thing to do. Frankly (if that means anything) I think Obama is doing a pretty good job. But I would like you to consider this. This guy is no 90 day wonder. I think Obama is showing guts.

7 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Sat May 09, 2009 10:49 am

gypsy


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meemoon wrote:
rosco 357 wrote:i seem to look around and wonder where all the great politician have gone.. it seems at least in the republican side, there is a vacuum that need filling, obama has alot to learn, he reminds me of what my dad called lieutenants is the army in WWII, they called them
90 day wonders, i had hopes for fred thompson, he fizzled which surprised me, and i thought rudy gulliani, would have done better,
Gypsy, I hafta agree with you here. There are good minds that say president Obama's prescription for what we need to cure our present economoic problems are the right thing to do. Frankly (if that means anything) I think Obama is doing a pretty good job. But I would like you to consider this. This guy is no 90 day wonder. I think Obama is showing guts.

MM this was Roscos, post not mine~ I agree with rosco on where have all the good republicans~ where have they gone?
I disagree with Rosco on rudy or fred, they are both umm shall i say not good republicans.

gulliani is a gangster,(MO) LOL and not a good man.

8 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Sun May 10, 2009 8:17 pm

rosco 357


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i would need to study up on Giuliani. i liked some things he said, and i know or am pretty sure, he cleaned up alot of crime in new york, which was no easy task, but like i said, i really should have studied up some before posting, im posting on a memory, but im pretty sure crime may have gone down during his watch, im sure he has some negatives, and that may be he is not conservative enough , im thinking and not sure at all he was not against abortion very strong , which would have killed his run for the prez,

9 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Sun May 10, 2009 9:27 pm

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Rosco not sure it would have killed his chances for Pres. ,Obama is for abortion, only thing getting killed are unborn babies in his watch.

10 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Sun May 10, 2009 9:30 pm

gypsy


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I believe abortions were being done on last watch also` a nd since 1973, even in colonial times abortions were done

11 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Sun May 10, 2009 9:53 pm

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gypsy wrote:I believe abortions were being done on last watch also` a nd since 1973, even in colonial times abortions were done

wellllllll lol, sure roe vs wade made it leagal. the watch is not important and back alley abortions have always took place in times before roe vs wade, but my point was not the general election, but i think guliani was maybe not anti abortion, i should have said that would have and i think it did kill his chances in the republican primary,, as their platform is anti abortion,

12 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Sun May 10, 2009 10:06 pm

gypsy


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SSC wrote:Rosco not sure it would have killed his chances for Pres. ,Obama is for abortion, only thing getting killed are unborn babies in his watch.
Rosco this was Why I posted >> ,unborn babies being killed, it didn't just happen with Obama's presidency it has been happening for a very long time..

13 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 12:08 am

SSC


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With the Dems in now the abortion clinics can run wide open and federally funded.

14 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 12:20 am

gypsy


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abortion clinics were federally funded under Bush ,,and other administrations, i read this somewhere,.. I will research it~

stem cell research is what Obama is federally funding~ using what we have not throwing them out~ another article on this i just read also..

15 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 1:08 am

SSC


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Limited stem cell research, nothing involving fetus cells, Obama is very open on abortion , and not opposing it just as he is on gay marriage.

16 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 1:14 am

gypsy


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well SSC Gays are here, what should we do with them,they are human,I don't support gays but i don't judge them.either. that is not my job..I look at it this way, if a gay couple lives together for 20/30 years if one dies shouldn't the other have the rights of insurance and inheriting their partners belongings .as a straight couple does?

17 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 5:54 pm

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Gays are a sick morbid lot, Hell no they shouldn't be entitled to benefits, the approval of some states in recognizing queer marriage is just one more sign this country is going to hell.

18 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 9:10 pm

rosco 357


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gypsy wrote:well SSC Gays are here, what should we do with them,they are human,I don't support gays but i don't judge them.either. that is not my job..I look at it this way, if a gay couple lives together for 20/30 years if one dies shouldn't the other have the rights of insurance and inheriting their partners belongings .as a straight couple does?

well all one has to do is make a Will, and leave whatever to whoever. does not have to be a law, BUT, i say WATERBOARD the homos, if they can deepthroat a sex organ they surly could handle some water, LMAO< Shocked

19 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 9:36 pm

gypsy


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rosco 357 wrote:
gypsy wrote:well SSC Gays are here, what should we do with them,they are human,I don't support gays but i don't judge them.either. that is not my job..I look at it this way, if a gay couple lives together for 20/30 years if one dies shouldn't the other have the rights of insurance and inheriting their partners belongings .as a straight couple does?

well all one has to do is make a Will, and leave whatever to whoever. does not have to be a law, BUT, i say WATERBOARD the homos, if they can deepthroat a sex organ they surly could handle some water, LMAO< Shocked

will's, can be questioned and brought to court by family members who disagree.

also remember Water boarding/torture is against the law~

20 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 9:47 pm

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well so is clubing homos to death against the law, but it happens, have u ever tryed to get up on skis behind a boat and not get up and hold on to the rope to long, thats wateroboarding, against the law, ba humbug, i actually prefer bambo shoot under the fingernails,

21 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 9:57 pm

gypsy


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well look it up or read the article i put about Reagan making water boarding against the law, Texas sheriff and deputies prosecuted~ and put in prison`.
oh yeh~bamboo under fingernails!! lol we fight terrorism but revert to it? ummm oh well,to each his own~ Laughing

22 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 10:43 pm

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gypsy wrote:well look it up or read the article i put about Reagan making water boarding against the law, Texas sheriff and deputies prosecuted~ and put in prison`.
oh yeh~bamboo under fingernails!! lol we fight terrorism but revert to it? ummm oh well,to each his own~ Laughing

oh the prez does not make laws, or maybe he can by executive order but i doubt he did in that case, but Reagan was talking about waterboarding white americans . not scum
radical terroist muslims, he probably would pay to see that, lmao, just wait u will change ur mind one fine day

23 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Mon May 11, 2009 10:54 pm

gypsy


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makes no difference, law is law, read the article.. America is the example of fairness and laws, you don;t fight something like terrorism and then break the laws/rules like torture~ we are suppose to be the good guys~it is time we bring back that esteem
but I can understand in (war) and 9/11 people were afraid,I think the republicans/bush/cheney played on that, to achieve what they wanted.
you can put all that mumble jumble you want,but what our fore fathers wrote in constitution is what applies today` we have got away from that it is time to bring it back~
we will just have to see what the rest of the four years of Obama will do~~ ,,America did elect him~..no I will not change my mind, on what I expressed, I love America,! but not what she is going through now~ from past mistakes~ and stupidity

24 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Tue May 12, 2009 12:51 am

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there has been so many laws broke in all wars , u cant even count them, all this is politics, plain and simple, thats all, and its used for politics, posturing for the next elections is all its for, and all that will come of it, simple, i heard on the news tonight , the radical muslims are using the waterboarding to recruit, showing the recruits films, that this was all american would ever do to u, and now they will not even do that, they laugh at us, we are turning into a wimpy bunch, and will suffer because of passifist, maybe we should put all muslims in america in internment camps like we did the japs in world war II.yep thats the ticket

25 Re: Jack French Kemp, RIP by Mona Charen on Tue May 12, 2009 12:54 am

gypsy


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we are talking of now war, bushes war~ all for the wrong reasons~ I will be glad when we pull out~ and cleanse ourselves of the bad smell/taste left behind from this mistake from the past president//

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