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The Day the Music Died

Friday, February 12th, 2010

I was talking with a man about the assassination of John Kennedy. Now I don’t know much about many things but I DO know a great deal about this subject.  I was stunned when this intelligent, well-educated man said he believed the official report of the government – Lee Oswald was the lone killer.  And then he said in a confident (and I’d say rather smug) manner that part of his reasoning was “nothing changed.”

Nothing changed after November 22, 1963? NOTHING CHANGED!?

1. Lyndon Johnson, probably the most crooked president we ever had, became President.  Besides being dropped from the ‘64 Kennedy/Johnson ticket, Johnson was soon to be indicted for numerous “insider” scandals. When he died, Johnson’s wealth was cited by independent sources to be about 20-times greater than he could have accumulated honestly in his public service career and investments.

2. The war in Vietnam REALLY started.  Many quotes and documents show Kennedy had had enough in Vietnam and wanted to drastically reduce our involvement. A few years after he was in office, Johnson dispatched over 500,000 troops and we were building major military installations such as Haiphong Harbor in that country.  Most of those construction contracts were given to Brown & Root, a Texas company which often funded LBJ’s campaigns. Today B&R is a subsidiary of Haliburton (is anyone else paying attention here?)

3. The prosecution against organized crime almost stopped completely. Attorney General Robert Kennedy waged a fierce war against the mob from 1960 – 1963.  The Justice Department turned to other matters after JFK’s death when RFK went into a near shock.

4.  J. Edgar Hoover, longtime head of the FBI and right wing reactionary, was going to be slipped into retirement under the new Federal age limit laws.   LBJ, by a special proclamation, declared him “Director for Life”.  Hoover was the virtual “editor” of the Warren Report.

5. A year after the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy was sending nonpublic “feelers” to Cuba to resume a more sensible relationship with the US.  Earlier, JFK made an agreement with Russia not to invade Cuba in exchange for them removing their missiles from the island.

Kennedy also botched the Bay of Pigs Invasion sending into a rage tens of thousands of Cuban exiles who wanted their country back.  JFK blamed the CIA for the debacle and promised to “smash it into a thousand pieces.” Although Johnson did not invade Cuba, he immediately stopped any “peace” gestures and began an embargo which continues to this day.

These are only a few of the MANY things that changed when JFK was killed. Lee Harvey Oswald was about the only naive nitwit who DID NOT have a motive to kill Kennedy.

It always amazes me when right-wing, wing-nuts believe virtually ANYTHING the government tells them about the wars and the murder of this president – and think the government lies COMPLETELY concerning Obama and his “socialist conspiracy.”

They are hypocritically ridiculous.