November 22, 2013, - 2:36 pm
I know I can’t be the only one who is sick and tired of the endless coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. But this is what happens when a mediocre American President–and anyone who is intellectually honest knows JFK was just fair on the job–has good looks and is killed while he’s young and in office. He gets James Deaned–hyped and overhyped to the point of beatification of a saint.
With this ever-increasing, non-stop coverage we’ve been subjected to on the Kennedy assassination, I feel like I’m at one of these bad biopic movie screenings, and I’m thinking, “just die already.” Sure, it was tragic that a U.S. President was assassinated, and I’m sorry that happened. It shouldn’t have happened and should never happen again. And the guy served America in the military and in public life (though often with dishonor). But I get it. Enough already. This hype has been going on for almost a year. It would be one thing if the hype started last week or even last month. But it’s been going on for a while. (And, sadly, so has the conspiracy theory BS about who killed Kennedy.)
And you know that if John Hinckley, Jr. had succeeded in murdering President Reagan, there would never be this kind of hype 50 years from March 30, 1981. Nope. Because Reagan was a conservative to be pilloried. Kennedy was a classical liberal Democrat to be idolized and elevated to godlike status.
Because, hey, they are the Kennedys . . . the family the media and pop culture have told me is my royalty. Well, I choose not to be a subject of that ill-gotten royalty fathered by a sleazy guy named Joseph Kennedy who idolized Hitler and threw away hundreds of visas the Brits gave him to help save Jews from the Holocaust. Nope, they ain’t my royalty and JFK ain’t my martyr. He didn’t “die for my sins” or any of that.
And part of this is that the Clintons and the Obamas and their ilk need the story to be hyped so they can claim the mantle, so they can be the “heirs” to JFK and Camelot. When he ran for President, Bill Clinton constantly used a pic or video clip of his meeting JFK at the White House in his younger years. And I suppose Hillary is “Hack-ie O.” We’ve already had Obama claim the mantle as the Black JFK with his wife, “Blackie O,” and all the raving about her clothes.
And, then, there are the conspiracy theorist kooks. They are mostly nuts and mostly far lefties like Oliver Stone, who created a BS/fictional movie about an alleged conspiracy and paraded it as actual history. It ain’t. The movie was full of holes and falsehoods, and Stone has a similar rendition in an op-ed in today’s USA Today. Check out John Leo’s excellent critique of “Oliver Stone’s Paranoid Propaganda.” Oliver Stone also believes in HAMAS, Castro, and the “evilness” of America. I don’t believe in those, and I don’t believe in his views on the JFK killing. This ain’t the case of a broken clock being right twice (or, in Stone’s case, even once). Even liberal Sam Donaldson said the Stone “JFK” movie is false and said he’s seen no evidence that anyone other than Lee Harvey Oswald was the assassin.
I’ve seen none either. The best investigation into what happened is a PBS “Frontline” special that aired early this week, “Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?” I hate recommending Palestinian Broadcasting Service, but in this case, they did the job, and they did it thoroughly. The Frontline folks bring up all the “inconsistent” things that the conspiracy theorists do, but they also provide the answers from those of us who think Oswald and only Oswald did it. Watch it here. A preview:
I believe that, for all the nutty theories, all the claims about this allegedly conspiratorial act or cover up and that one, there has been no evidence that anyone other than Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy. The guy was a nutjob, a loser, a flat-out Communist who spoke ill of America to fellow military men, even when he was in the National Guard. He was such a nothing that even the KGB didn’t want him and he was eventually sent out of the Soviet Union. Yeah, yeah, I’m sure you’ll tell me that was by design. And perhaps it was. But the bottom line is that Lee Harvey Oswald hated America and its leader and didn’t have any help. Of that, I’m convinced.
And I’m even more convinced when I see the parade of people who prefer to believe–along with the Kardashian-lovin’ lumpenproletariat of the American population–that there was some sort of conspiracy. These are the same jerks who believe 9/11 was an inside job and not committed by the 19 Muslim Arabs who actually did it under the auspices of Al-Qaeda. They’re the same people who believe Andy Kaufman and Jim Morrison are alive. And they’re among the same people who actually care if Andy Kaufman and Jim Morrison are alive. They aren’t generally reasonable people. They aren’t generally patriots. They don’t want this to be about an anti-American, lefty nut who wanted to kill the leader of the country he hated. They’re the people who want to believe that they are not in control of their own lives and that “the man” or “big brother” is running the show.
And that ain’t me.
Also not me are the JFK fans who gush ad nauseam over this guy–and not just on the left. Conservatives wanna claim JFK was conservative. Really? Tell it to the Bay of Pigs veterans, whom he sold out and disavowed and didn’t try to save or help. That’s conservative? Even classical liberal Dems, in those days, were anti-Communist and didn’t abandon those who helped us fight Communists and try to overthrow Castro. At least, that’s how they were until Kennedy set the new mold. I’m glad JFK was initially a committed anti-Communist and tried to oust Castro and that he dared go into Vietnam. But he didn’t own it. He washed his hands of the Castro stuff when the Bay of Pigs plans went wrong.
The leftists try to paint JFK as a civil rights champion, even though as I noted recently, he and bro RFK sold Blacks out repeatedly, manipulated them masterfully, and spoke out of both sides of their mouths on everything from civil rights protests to affirmative action to the Civil Rights Act (which JFK actually opposed under Eisenhower).
Kennedy really was no better than a classier, less trashy version of Bill Clinton. If the media had exposed his dangerous philandering then, the nation would have been outraged that he compromised America’s national security and law enforcement interests and efforts by sleeping with Cuban spies and chick mobster gun molls (minus the guns). What did he actually accomplish?
Yeah, he told people to ask what they could do for their country instead of the other way around and he cut taxes and spending temporarily, but a full second term from him would have been much different. He would have been more Ted Kennedy than Jack Kennedy. No doubt about that.
So, on this 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, the nicest thing I can say is that the U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club’s rendition of “America the Beautiful” at today’s memorial ceremony at Dealey Plaza was fabulous and patriotic.
I’m not really sure I can say the same about the late John F. Kennedy.
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