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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Camelot

Tomorrow, November 22, 2013, marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as he was touring Dallas, Texas.  This would be a crucial state to win in the 1964 election and JFK and the First Lady were met there with supportive crowds. 
Most of us have lived to have been a witness to the tragedy which unfolded that day in Dallas or have lived to commemorate the many milestones: 5, 10,15,20,25, and now 50 years later.

Despite the Warren Commission's report, many Americans were not persuaded by its findings so in the 1970s the House of Representatives revisited the assassination and found support that Kennedy was very likely assassinated as a result of a conspiracy.  Since then there have been hundreds of books and films depicting various conspiracy theories.  I will not describe them here because, in my opinion, they detract from what should be the focus of any memorial to JFK: his efforts as President in tumultuous times.

JFK's predecessor, President Eisenhower warned that "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."  Kennedy was given an invasion plan for Cuba immediately after taking office.  The failure at the Bay of Pigs taught Kennedy a lesson.  I believe he didn't want any aggressive action which would spark a larger, more destructive war.  This helped with his decision making during the Cuban missile crisis. 

I believe Kennedy was a warrior for peace.  As he once said:

The world knows that America will never start a war. This generation of Americans has had enough of war and hate... we want to build a world of peace where the weak are secure and the strong are just.

Unfortunately, he didn't get the opportunity to implement those efforts towards a world of peace as he was cut down before any second term.

So tomorrow, I will say a prayer for JFK and his family.  I thank God that he was President when he was as he the right man at the right time and I thank his sacrifice for his country. Also, I am happy our country had a moment in time when Camelot was real.

 
 
 

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