Remembering the Kennedy Assassination
I think when people talk about “making America great again” they are referring to the time before bullets shattered the psyche of our nation.
Nothing has been the same since…our collective innocence was robbed by a single creep with a rifle.
The death of Kennedy was also the birth of the modern conspiracy industry…
“Even the few critics who approach the subject from an academic’s viewpoint, such as University of Wisconsin professor David Wrone, decry the field’s decline in quality fueled by the public acceptance of more sensational theories: “To my mind, this assassination syndrome, this terrible collapse of the critical people— witness Lane, and Lifton, and Garrison and the rest— it’s a suggestion that we are really in trouble as a society. These theorists take us away, fly us away to this unknown land of Oz, wherever they take us. They divert our attention from the reality. Every book that asks the question ‘Who shot John Kennedy?’ or tries to answer the question ‘Who shot John Kennedy?’ has fallen short of the mark, and sometimes egregiously so. Now, as you know, there are a bunch of books that are just old-fashioned nut books, like the umbrella man. And then there are a number of books which appear deceptively within the pale.” 47
Posner, Gerald (2013-10-01). Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (Kindle Locations 9736-9743). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition.
“You have to understand,” says Bill Alexander, “what you are dealing with is a thriving industry. People are making lucrative livings off of selling conspiracy theories to the public. What happened to the truth? Hell, it got lost under a lot of dollar signs. No one wants to hear what really happened because it would be the end of their very profitable little business.” 48
Posner, Gerald (2013-10-01). Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (Kindle Locations 9757-9760). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition.
“Historian Henry Steele Commager said, “I do think there has come up in recent years … something that might be called a conspiracy psychology. A feeling that great events can’t be explained by ordinary processes.… We are on the road to a paranoid explanation of things.… The conspiracy theory, the conspiracy mentality, will not accept ordinary evidence.… There’s some psychological requirement that forces them to reject the ordinary, and find refuge in the extraordinary.” 49
Posner, Gerald (2013-10-01). Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (Kindle Locations 9762-9766). Open Road Media. Kindle Edition.
Thus, our whole society, both sacred and secular, from Alex Jones to the bible prophecy wonks, has been tainted by the scourge of conspiracy theories.
On the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination our friend and brother Alan Hawkins wrote this poignant and honest piece about the event.
I wonder if the times have really changed as much as he has….