JFK’s Legacy

During a diplomatic reception at the Kremlin, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev told Western diplomats:

“About the capitalist states, it doesn’t depend on you whether we (Soviet Union) exist. If you don’t like us, don’t accept our invitations, and don’t invite us to come to see you. Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.”

In 1959, while attending the American National Exhibition in Moscow, Vice-President Nixon, recalling Khrushchev’s prediction that our grandchildren will live under communism, stated:

“Let me say that we don’t object to his saying this will happen. We only object if he tries to bring it about… We prefer our system. But the very essence of our belief is that we do not and will not try to impose our system on anybody else. We believe that you and all other peoples on this earth should have the right to choose the kind of economic or political system which best fits your particular problems without any foreign intervention.”

Both Khrushchev’s and Nixon’s statements fueled the anti-Communist sentiment prevalent in the United States.

Here it cites Nikita S. Khrushchev as saying: “I once said, “We will bury you,” and I got into trouble with it.

Of course we will not bury you with a shovel. Your own working class will bury you.”

It does not state when Khrushchev commented on his earlier comment.

But at least it confirms that he made it.

Excerpts from a speech by Secretary of Agriculture under the Eisenhower Administration, Ezra Taft Benson:

“Your children will live under communism.” Khrushchev said.

“On the contrary,” Secretary Benson replied, “My grandchildren will live in freedom as I hope that all people will.”

Khrushchev then retorted: “You Americans are so gullible. No, you won’t accept Communism outright; but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you will finally wake up and find that you already have Communism. We won’t have to fight you; we’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”

David Emery of the blog “Urban Legends” claims Khrushchev never said it.  He says that the only source who was present can’t remember when the Big K made his prediction.  Actually, the Russian premier said it once.  Emery also claims that the shoe-banging incident never happened.  Actually, it did but apparently the video footage was live and at the time, around 1956, not recordable.  But my parents remember seeing it live on television.

In this day and age of digital photos and videos, and programs to accompany them, any photo or video can be manipulated.  Yesterday, looking through the Youtube versions of the Zapruder film, I was dismayed to find how many different versions of it there now are.  The same with the autopsy photos.  There are photos online that were never in the original autopsy report and other pictures that have been left out.

Eyewitness accounts from that day in 1963 have been left out of newspaper reprints, photos of witnesses pointing to the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza have vanished, to be replaced by new alleged eyewitness accounts that they only heard three shots and that those shots came from the Texas School Book depository.

I was dismayed when I learned my brother had sold our cousin (once removed) B’s report.  If the wrong person got hold of them, they could easily be manipulated to tell the story the manipulator wanted to tell. Sure enough, there are pictures out there on the Internet that aren’t what we saw.

The Kennedy family understandably did not want the photos to be released and the Warren Commission obliged them.  However, with the death of the only known suspect, the body was the only evidence left.  Habeas corpus – produce the body.  That’s why Mom’s cousin sent the report to Grandpa.   I looked up the list of the people in attendance at JFK’s autopsy at Bethesda.  The FBI was busy taking names.  That’s what Mom said her cousin told her.  By 1968, he was getting nervous that someone whose name the FBI did get would sell him out.

The room was crowded, but because the doctors and technicians were wearing masks, it was hard for them to tell who was who and because there was so much activity, the FBI noted that it couldn’t sure it go everyone.  They didn’t.  Glad to know my great-uncle didn’t raise any stupid children.  Not so sure about my brother.  He meant well but it was foolish.

We’re left now with only an endless mystery that will probably never be solved, photos or no photos.  All the major players are long gone.  Unless you’re in your mid-50s or over, you weren’t even alive at the time.  The 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination has to seem to today’s average 15 year old the way someone who was 15 at the time of his assassination would have thought of observing the death of some famous figure in 1910 – ancient history.  A story only their grandparents would have known as adults.  Mark Twain.  King Edward VII.  O. Henry (O who? I can hear younger people asking; he was a poet).  Julia Ward Howe (composer of the Battle Hymn of the Republic).  Leo Tolstoy.  Florence Nightingale.

These were all natural deaths, however.  They were not assassinated in broad daylight in a motorcade in an open car.  Kennedy’s death was (forgive the word) sensational.  Eventually, every American would be able to witness on television via the Zapruder film.  You would have to go nine years to 1901 to have a comparable assassination of another president, William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States.  He actually died from gangrene caused by the bullet wound. 

It was after McKinley’s death that the Secret Service was charged with protecting the President of the United States.  McKinley, like Kennedy, did not like having his security detail come between him and the people.  An assassin’s bullet did the job, instead.

Leon Czolgosz was an unemployed anarchist; Lee Harvey Oswald claimed to be a Marxist, something he said was different from being a Communist.  There were two presidential assassinations in the 19th Century (Lincoln’s and Garfield’s) and two in the 20th Century (McKinley’s and Kennedy’s).  So far, in the 21st Century we’ve been lucky.

Numerous conspiracy theories exist about who killed Kennedy, beyond the official Lone Gunman theory.  The public has become suspicious and wary of “conspiracy theorists” since 9/11.  It’s a testament to public patriotism that they don’t want to question the American government.  Considering all the lies we’ve been told by the current administration, it’s hard to understand this sudden acceptance of government accounts of events.  The public doesn’t accept the account of Benghazi, but they also rejected (rightly) conspiracy theories about 9/11.

The differences between the JFK assassination and 9/11 are numerous.  But here are a few.

People saw on live television the airplane plow into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.  Abraham Zapruder filmed the assassination of Kennedy with the latest in motion picture cameras for consumers.  Even so, the pictures had to be worked on to get a clearer image.  What people saw back in the Sixties was a gory spectacle of the President being hit once, pitching forward, then rocking back again.  Then, his hand falling away as he leaned towards his wife, Jackie, and she leaned towards him.  Then some frames later, the American public saw an orange explosion, originally to the side and not in front as current versions of the video show.  We saw Jackie scream, witnesses mouths fall open, and people looking not to the building but slightly behind the limousine (which was still moving) across the street.

Pictures in the paper of the day showed witnesses pointing to the grassy knoll.  Those photos are now gone.  Unless you’d seen them or were smart enough to save a copy of the paper, you’ll never see them; they don’t fit in with the official version.  In the 1980s, 80 percent of Americans thought there was a conspiracy; today, only 61 percent of Americans think so.   They don’t know anything about the First Lady’s insistence that she remain in her blood-stained pink suit so “they” could see what they had done.  If anyone knew from which direction the bullet had come, it would have been Jackie, who was only inches from Kennedy’s face.  She was lucky she wasn’t killed, too.

But she’s gone now and her family doesn’t want to be reminded of this horrific incident.  No blame to them.  They would prefer Americans remember Kennedy for the good that he did, even if he was President for only about two years.  Well, for what it’s worth, here it is:

As I’ve written before, my parents were Republicans and didn’t vote for him.  They didn’t like him much, knew his father’s sordid history, and didn’t romanticize him.  They thought he was soft on Communism and doubted his motives in the Cuban Missile Crisis stand-off.  The Soviet navy turned back, but they believed that it was because Kennedy made a deal with the Soviets over removing our military bases in Turkey and other countries that bordered the Soviet Union.

Maybe he did.  However, living only about 20 miles outside of one of the Soviet Union’s main targets – New York City, the most populated city in the United States, not including its suburbs – gives you a different perspective about those 13 days in October 1962.

Mom and Dad were the parents of a young family – 1, 3 and 4, at the time.  They sat with us in my brothers’ bedroom, wondering whether we would live to see the future.  They held us in their arms, their eyes sad.  Whether Kennedy got the Soviet Navy, carrying nuclear weapons, to turn back through bravado or through a deal, the world did not come to an end in October 1962.  We lived to tell the tale.  Thank you, JFK:  It feels good not to be nuclear toast.

As Khrushchev promised (and I believe the tale is true), the Communists did not need missiles to bring down our country, although the missiles were on their way to Cuba all the same, probably in order to provoke that very crisis that would allow them to negotiate with the U.S. into removing our missiles from their borders.

They’ve managed to bring us down through the very progressive program Khrushchev detailed.  They reprogrammed the young children, drugged the older, imprisoned the elderly in a socialist health care and retirement system, opened our borders to non-Americans with no interest in America or freedom in order to destroy our country, bribed voters into voting for “Progressives” and the social welfare system, bribed the wealthy, and destroyed the middle-class, “nuclear” family through antagonism, divorce, birth control, abortion, secularism, and even our own commercialism.

 Through focusing on a youth culture, we’ve become self-involved and self-absorbed.  We’re more susceptible to social pressure and much less likely to question authority or become involved in politics.  The “You-Can’t-Fight-City-Hall” mentality, which we inherited from our grandparents (my grandfather frequently fought city hall), is alive and well.  Even our more dependable, Conservative voices urge us not to question the official results of the Kennedy assassination.  Just let the poor guy rest in peace.

Well, I’m all for that.  But what would Kennedy think of a nation that didn’t question its officials or official versions of national catastrophes?  In the Sixties, that’s exactly what the Hippies claimed to be doing, questioning authority.  Now that they’re the authorities, they’re not so keen on being questioned.

We know who was responsible for 9/11.  The murderers themselves died in the attacks and of their leaders, one is presumably dead and the other is sitting in jail, making a mockery of our judicial system.  But they readily admitted to carrying out 9/11.  Lee Harvey Oswald was killed before he could be put on trial.  Without trial or jury, the Warren Commission, within a year, concluded that Oswald was the one and only killer.  The public accepted this verdict, even though hundreds of researchers have produced evidence of silenced witnesses.  The owner of the funeral home told one of the researchers that he watched two FBI agents enter the funeral home and take Oswald’s dead hand and plant a fingerprint on the rifle.  Is this radio account I heard this morning true or not?  Has any credentialed media reporter bothered to go and talk to this funeral home owner and verify the account?  Was he paid off to tell this story or would his financial records show that he’s telling the truth?

The Oliver Stone movie charged that witnesses’ affidavits were falsified.  Has anyone in the Media bothered to speak to these people and verify their accounts?  Or are the Media – and the witnesses – too afraid to speak out?  If so, that doesn’t speak well for our government.

We have a president who is taking over, by fiat, the U.S. Census Bureau, the keeper of facts and statistics about the United States.  Finding out the local voting records for the last presidential election is practically impossible.

This is American, fifty years after JFK’s death.  Even though he was a Democrat, it seems reasonable to speculate that he was at least a fiscal Conservative and a political Moderate, even if he was socially Liberal.  His speeches were dynamic and patriotically inspiring.  He spoke of hope for the future and freedom.  But what has happened to that freedom Kennedy championed (in his speeches, at least)?

The Senate has just revoked the tool of filibustering presidential nominations for the lower courts and, I believe, for the president’s cabinet?  Right on the anniversary of JFK’s murder.  Is this the legacy he would have wanted to leave?

The 50th anniversary brought back to mind how long and depressing those three days in November 1963 were, even for a four year-old.  Thank goodness we don’t relive those days in quite this detail every year.  It feels good to get back to good old 2013.  Kennedy is dead and buried, and we should let him rest in peace.

But we shouldn’t bury the truth with him just because it’s depressing, annoying or inconvenient.  He deserved better than that, even if Conservatives who remembered his presidency didn’t exactly think of him as the ruler of Camelot or Conservatives who want to remember his Conservative side want to give him a break and let the conclusion of his murder rest at the feet of the Lone Gunman.

Even more important than solving JFK’s murder, we need to restore the country back to its love of freedom, circa 1963.

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. y, supposedly, blank photo, of all the clear photos that Father CROFT captured in Dallas . . . .


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