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The Real Tragedy of November 22nd

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The 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination stressed the familiar themes that his shocking murder meant a “loss of innocence” for the nation, followed by a new mood of cynicism and fearfulness that’s persisted to this day. In fact, such change is owed less to loss of Kennedy’s charismatic leadership than to the toxic conspiracy theories that spread within days of his death.

Pundits promptly blamed the tragedy on “right wing hate” in Dallas rather than the assassin’s mental illness or Communist ties.  After five decades, there’s still no evidence Oswald conspired with anyone on anything, and persistent notions of an arrogant establishment covering up dark forces and bloody secrets profoundly undermines national sanity and self-confidence. The real tragedy of Dallas wasn’t just the death of a president, but the birth of a horde of America-hating distortions and exploitative lies surrounding that death.

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  1. Rick  •  Nov 27, 2013 at 9:51 am

    bra-VO ! and Amen . And it was Jim Marrs, Mark Lane , Robert Groden , Harrison Edward Livingstone , Oliver Stone , etal . , that paved the way for the 911 “truther” movement as well . Another great (Medved) homerun hit out of the park .

    • John Pap  •  Dec 15, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      It’s a shame the mainstream media on the 50th Anniversary of JFK’s assassination chose to bury stories regarding the massive cover-up of what actually happened — tampering with evidence, destruction of evidence, and the murders of key witnesses.

      Sometimes the truth is painful, as in this case. Denying the truth does not make it disappear. Marginalizing the truth seekers — many of whom have pursued it for 50 years — by demonizing them doesn’t help.

      The evidence supporting a cover-up is overwhelming — far, far too much to ignore.

      Michael Medved, who I respect and regularly enjoy listening to, unfortunately did a great disservice to his listeners by not allowing reputable JFK assassination experts such as Dr. Cyril Wecht (one of the world’s leading forensic pathologists) or Robert Groden (the world’s leading expert on photographic evidence related to the assassination) to participate. Michael instead only purported the lone-gunman theory.

      The truth is important because this is our history as Americans. Distilling the truth is important because we don’t ever want this to happen again.

      Regarding this, following are comments written on his blog by a man who devoted 4 years of his life seeking the truth of the JFK assassination.

      It was in response to this post to him (this year):

      “I think people need to put JFK thing to rest. It has been 50 years; no amount of digging will bring him back and most of the key players are dead. What’s the point? You are only on this earth for a short while, why waste it obsessing about someone else?”

      His reply:

      “Because historical truth is important. Because a nation must know the truth of its history. Because history is our story. Because we cannot know who we are unless we understand what we have been. Because a people who are not in possession of the truth about their history are susceptible to tyranny. Because the truth is the most important, most beautiful, most valuable possession of any life, a nation’s or an individual’s. Because we cannot build our future with any intelligence or confidence or wisdom unless we know the truth about our past. Because our president was murdered and we do not know why or by whom. Because we are not the slaves of history but its masters. Because we are free.

      And if you do not know that, or believe it, or treasure it, then please, by all means, go live in China, or North Korea, or Cuba or Venezuela or Iran, where the tyrants of the moment can rewrite the story of the past so that they may control the people of the future.”

      . . . need anyone say more?. . . .

  2. Bernard Wolff  •  Nov 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

    There is a larger tragedy related to JFK’s assassination: The election of Lyndon Johnson as president.

    I was part of the national movement popular among college students (including Hillary Rodham) toward Conservatism as defined in Senator Barry Goldwaters’ book CONSCIENCE OF A CONSERVATIVE.

    After years of often maudlin media fawning over the Kennedys amid the series of ongoing blunders & affected elitism (not unlike Carter & Obama), Goldwater was a refreshing alternative. Kennedy’s reelection was by no mean secure — the reason he went to Texas.

    The tragedy of JFK’s assassination, initially attributed to “the radical right” by the media until the truth was revealed, followed by appropriate media driven mourning, ushered in an “obligation” to vote for LBJ in honor of JFK. This amongst the media’s selective or deceitful reporting, censoring Goldwater’s speeches & policy statements, and depicting LBJ as a man of reason & security, led to the election of the most destructive president during my 71 years of life.

    Included in the long term damage are destruction of the Black Family, the creation of a “welfare class” that converted millions from productive to parasitic citizens, massive government programs that undermine the financial wellbeing of our country, an utterly mismanaged tragedy in VietNam that resulted in the deaths of millions, and initiating a disturbing trend toward centralizing power in Washington with the disastrous results currently unfolding.

    if there were a conspiracy, it would be the involvement of the Mafia in response to Robert Kennedy’s prosecution of Mafia leaders (who delivered massive votes to JFK in 1960), Castro (Missile Crisis), or Lyndon Johnson. As Michael points out, NONE of these conspiracies involves the “radical right”, so they are kept alive by those who wish otherwise.

  3. Bruce  •  Nov 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    The mob getting votes is not historically accurate, Mayor Daley got the votes not mob bosses.And the election that year was decided in Michigan not Illinois. And Mr.Medved pointed out not only no right wing conspiracy, but no conspiracy period!

    • Kpar  •  Nov 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

      Bruce, I beg to differ. There wasn’t all that much distance between the Daley machine and the Mob in those days.

      As far as the place where the election was decided, this is the first time I have heard that it was Michigan. After all, had JFK/LBJ lost both Illinois AND Texas (plenty of evidence of vote fraud in both), Nixon would have won the White House.

      I am a lifelong Illinois resident (not that there’s anything good about that…)

  4. Ray Peace  •  Nov 27, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I heard your broadcast on the Kennedy assassination. I totally disagree with M. Medved. The one bullet theory doesn’t work. This assassination was planned by whom? That I don’t know and the records were sealed to protect the Kennedy name or a lack thereof. For whatever reason and the politics of the day, Kennedy stood for what that current administration was hated by many. He was a Ronald Reagan republican that stood for tax cuts, a balanced budget, strong military and what Reagan stood for. He was a social moderate when it came Civil rights, and other policies. I am not a Kennedy supporter and like many have said. Kennedy was assassinated, SO that not a big deal. Camelot was a joke and what his assassination only proved was that anyone that the mob, big business, the unions or an outside force unknown to the American populace should have known once the information was known so that America could have healed from a tragedy and moved on. The only thing the liberal news media was make it DNC against the GOP which is the biggest tragedy that has been going on for generations for no common sense reasoning. Kennedy in what he tried to accomplish was good for the most part. As said in the previous statement Kennedy didn’t win the election honestly and his assassination and making him a GOD was a bigger joke. Yes, many presidential canditates are not Jack Kennedy and why should they want to be. He was only a man and when he reaches the Pearly Gates what would his answer be?

  5. John Atkinson  •  Nov 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I’m just waiting to hear Michael’s response to the new study of an accidental gunshot fired from the car behind Kennedy’s which took off part of his head. This explains the all the unanswered questions including, why the big coverup?

    And how do I access Michael’s “Real Tragedy of November 22” column? Or is it just the two paragraphs?

    • chris ewing  •  Nov 27, 2013 at 9:35 pm

      Sorry John, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Multiple ballistics experts placed the shots as all having come from the book depository building. What car are you talking about, the one with Lyndon Johnson in it or the one with all the secret service agents? No skeptics worth his salt would embarrass himself with that garbage.

      • Mikko Laari  •  Nov 28, 2013 at 12:04 am

        Chris, John is correct. Ballistics expert Howard Donahue spent 25 years studying Kennedy’s assassination using all the evidence available at the time. His analysis determined that the bullets fired from Oswald’s rifle could only produce ‘clean’ wounds through the body (i.e. – the shot through Kennedy’s throat), whereas the destructive nature of the fatal head shot would have been produced by a larger caliber bullet fired from a more powerful rifle. The only such firearm on the scene was hidden in plain sight, and that was with SS agent Hickey, who was riding in the car behind Kennedy’s. Upon hearing the first shot, he pulled his AR-15 out from under the seat of the car, and in the highly tense moment accidentally fired the fatal head shot that killed the president. Eleven SS agents testified seeing agent Hickey with the rifle, and tens of witnesses testifed smelling gun powder at ground level. Donohue’s research was later re-examined and supported by detective Colin McLaren – surprisingly, the first and only time that a homicide detective analyzed the case. The whole affair has been airing on the Reelz network as “The Smoking Gun.” Bill Kurtis also hosts a follow-up panel discussion, called “Inside the Evidence.” If there’s any government conspiracy in this assassination, it’s one to cover up the tragedy of a security team member fatally wounding the president he was supposed to protect.

  6. Kpar  •  Nov 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    Another tragedy, it seems to me, is that the Hard Left (Socialists, Progressives, Communists [?]) gained control of the Democrat Party, and purged the party of its anti-Communist members starting after the Kennedy assassination.

    Was this a tipping point?

  7. Kathleen  •  Nov 30, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Oswald was the lone shooter. He was an excellent shot, a former marine, and a dedicated Communist. The reason we have all these conspiracy theories is that Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby; he never went to trial. Hence we have “the grassy knoll,” the Cuba connection, the mafia connection, the right wing conspiracy connection.

    It is difficult to accept that a pathetic little communist wannabee shot our president.

    • jguy  •  Dec 13, 2013 at 5:03 am

      So when the First Lady said….”They killed my husband” she did not understand the plural
      meaning of the word “they”

  8. Steve  •  Dec 13, 2013 at 6:10 am

    The one who had the most to gain from Kennedy’s death was the culprit. Do the math.

  9. Steve  •  Dec 13, 2013 at 6:11 am

    “They are going to kill us all” – John Connely

  10. Pat  •  Dec 18, 2013 at 2:21 am

    The lone gunman story is a farce. Go to youtube and you can watch Dr John McClelland of Parkland hospital describe the head wound of President Kennedy as an entrance wound in the front and an exit wound in the back. It could not of been Oswald only a shooter from the grassy knoll. Oswald’s face was tested for nitrates on the face and he had none. If he had fired a rifle that day they would for sure been there. They were not. A lot of eye whitness testimony is on youtube thanks to Mark Lane and Jim Garrison. If you take the time to really investigate this terrible murder you will not believe how much we have been lied to.

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