Thursday, October 10, 2013

The death of JFK and the rewriting of history by the Left

“Ex-Marine Asks Soviet Citizenship”

— Washington Post headline,

Nov. 1, 1959

(concerning Lee Harvey Oswald)

“He didn’t even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. It’s — it had to be some silly little Communist.”

— Jacqueline Kennedy,

Nov. 22, 1963

She thought it robbed his death of any meaning. But a meaning would be quickly manufactured to serve a new politics. First, however, an inconvenient fact — Oswald — had to be expunged from the story. So, just 24 months after the assassination, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., the Kennedys’ kept historian, published a thousand-page history of the thousand-day presidency without mentioning the assassin.

The transformation of a murder by a marginal man into a killing by a sick culture began instantly — before Kennedy was buried. The afternoon of the assassination, Chief Justice Earl Warren ascribed Kennedy’s “martyrdom” to “the hatred and bitterness that has been injected into the life of our nation by bigots.” The next day, James Reston, the New York Times luminary, wrote in a front-page story that Kennedy was a victim of a “streak of violence in the American character,” noting especially “the violence of the extremists on the right.”
Read the rest here.


Anastasia Theodoridis said...

I have always thought Kennedy was killed by hired guns. Hired by Lyndon Johnson in cahoots with J.Edgar Hoover. It seems to me the only way so much of the desirable evidence, such as Kennedy's brain, could just disappear.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

I am no longer a supporter of the innumerable conspiracy theories floating around. See my post on the subject here...

Anam Cara said...

"Who Killed John F. Kennedy? ". A lose your own adventure book. Lots of possible suspects here.

lannes said...

the left-wing media have always been quick to blame right-wing extremists -- witness Gabby Gifford
and Washington Navy Yard incidents, to name a few.

Jason said...

Just got around to reading the linked article and figured I'd comment before it drops off the first page. Found it putrid, mainly as Will laughably makes the case that the nation was punitively punished with liberalism after the so-called liberal media framed JFK's assassination as the result of right wing bigots. Really? We are now awash in a right-wing, corporate welfare paradise and we are being punitively punished by liberalism? We have a so-called liberal president whose health care reform requires the purchase of a privately owned product, with the punishment of fines if one does not purchase; and nearly 50 years of worldwide military interventionism - and this is being punished by liberals? Hardly.