John F Kennedy Assassination
November 22, 2011 by staff
John F Kennedy Assassination, It’s been 48-years since Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy and the political questions surrounding that fateful November day still resonate.
John Kennedy’s assassination has infiltrated every realm of popular and political culture. Decades-spanning musicians as varied as The Beach Boys and Marilyn Manson sing about the young president’s untimely death; novelists like Stephen King and Alan Moore use the assassination as a plot device; politicians try to emulate him; Gene Roddenberry even wanted “Star Trek II” to have Captain Kirk stopping the Klingons from saving Kennedy’s life, lest the time stream be disrupted. Almost five decades since his death, JFK remains a legend.
American presidents had been struck down before — Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield and William McKinley — but Kennedy was far more beloved, charming and, most of all, well-known than his predecessors. The same technology that helped him trounce Richard Nixon and win the nation’s heart, television, also seared images of his death into the nation’s collective memory. And those images have replayed innumerable times since, forever asking, “Why?”
There’s no clear answer as to why, of course. Today, 48 years since that fateful November day, conspiracy theories abound about who shot JFK — and for what reason.
Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone, or did bankers want to protect the Federal Reserve from his political plans? Were mafia leaders getting revenge for crackdowns or was Lyndon Johnson trying to seize power? Maybe aliens did it?
In its political and shockingly simply form, the JFK discussion boils down to whether Oswald was motivated by conservative hate for the liberal or was he a leftist who hated Kennedy’s anti-communist policies? Frank Rich’s latest New York magazine article argues the latter, and that today’s right-wing anger resembles Oswald’s own.
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