Yesterday was the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of JFK, an event few people contemplate much anymore. To say nothing of the theories of his assassination. Too bad. The events surrounding the death of this ever enigmatic American president provide a gateway into the underbelly of the country’s history. And it is a dark past in so many ways. Texas is very much on the map in the modern American political scene, but in 1963 it was a relative backwater…Not a place where the scion of eastern elitism trod lightly. He was warned, of course, in an ad paid for by the John Birch Society in one of the Dallas newspapers. In many ways the city, emblematic as a bastion of right-wing conservatism even then, still bears some of the historical stigma associated with this strange, ominous day in American history. Curious to recall that one of the backgrounds to the Kennedy visit to Dallas was the whole U.S. membership in the UN issue. There were many in those days who wanted to say no to U.S. membership in the UN — they were the most characteristically western isolationists. Or, in some cases, were they merely visionaries, who perhaps didn’t want to see any arbitrary limit placed on American power and world influence? Some of these men labeled Johnson a traitor and a communist merely for associating with Kennedy. Who were they? Where are they now?
It is questions like these that keep the torch of meaning regarding JFK’s assassination burning. There is, in a sense, no end to it. The tendrils of the novus ordo seclorum stretch far and wide.
So let this post serve as an inspiration to theorize and think, question and query, propose and ponder on all the many fascinating permutations of the most important and essential conspiracy theory in modern American history. Please, share your two cents…or if you’ve got it, an American dollar bill. The symbolism of that alone could provide years of stimulating fodder.