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Friday, November 22, 2013

Kennedy, the man and the myth -- By David Keene, The Washington Times

Revisionists have cast JFK in the misleading role of liberal icon

Most Americans of my generation can remember where they were when they heard that President Kennedy had been fatally shot 50 years ago because it was traumatic and it all but took place on television.

As a young teenager in 1960, I stood in the snows of Wisconsin passing out literature in the days leading up to my state's primary. My father and mother were both loyal Democrats back then; my mother had served as president of the Women's Auxiliary of the United Auto Workers, and before we moved to Wisconsin, my father played a key role in Adlai Stevenson's Illinois state campaign during his 1956 run against President Dwight D. Eisenhower. By 1962, however, I was no longer a Democrat or a wild-eyed Kennedy fan, but his assassination seemed a personal as well as a national tragedy.

In the days that followed, the media and Democrats, who even then couldn't let a crisis pass without exploiting it, blamed the young president's killing on conservatives and tried to use it to demonize their political opponents. Within hours, a crowd gathered before the state office of John Tower, the first Republican senator elected from Texas since Reconstruction, and put a torch to it.

Some of them may have believed what they said about Republicans, conservatives and the people of Dallas, but others knew better. Eventually, even liberals had to admit that Lee Harvey Oswald was not a conservative, but an unbalanced, self-declared Marxist who had visited the Soviet Union and admired Fidel Castro's Cuba. This knowledge did not, however, deter liberals from pointing the finger of blame at conservatives for "creating an atmosphere of hate" in which extremists such as Oswald might flourish.

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