Decades of polling for opinions on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have consistently shown two-thirds of Americans believe Lee Harvey Oswald was part of a larger conspiracy. Who else was involved is a mixed bag: Castro, the Mafia, CIA and even Mossad. It is only the why that blends the usual suspects into a greasy, unappetizing soup of contradictions.
For the record, this writer has come to believe, after many years of exposure to both pro and con conspiracy material, that Lee Harvey Oswald was no more than he said he was: a patsy. But, for me, the why is the only key that can unlock the door to truth. To find that key, the search must begin twenty years before Dallas, when the election of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his promise to use federal dollars to create jobs for the masses of the unemployed had actually caused businesses to stop hiring, out of fear that FDR was marching the nation away from capitalisn into the path of socialism and reckless government spending. Sound familiar?
In 1934, Major General Smedley Butler—at the time of his death the most decorated Marine in U.S. history, author of the 1935 book War is a Racket, in which he described the workings of the military-industrial complex—testified before a congressional committee of being approached by wealthy industrialists and pressured to take command of a a private army of 500,000 ex-soldiers dedicated to a coup to overthrow President Franklin D. Rooselvelt. The “Business Plot”, or “Plot Against FDR”, or “White House Putsch” are names historians have identified this conspiracy by. Though ridiculed by the Great Depression-era media (so like our current Great Resession media) the congressional committee eventually decided there was no question that the coup attempts were discussed, were planned, and might have been placed in execution when and if its financial backers deemed it expedient.
Yet none of those wealthy conspirators was ever prosecuted let alone sent to prison.
So, what those wealthy industrialists learned was: (1) their wealth and power shielded them from ever being punished even for treason and (2) to nevertheless avoid a presumtion an heroic and prominent (though outside their privileged class) military man would betray his country for their interests.
No more bold coups. Bribes were cheaper, though a much slower and tedious approach to achieve over many years what they had failed to accomplish in the two years of 1933-34. They patiently began their silent coup through seeking, contributing to and promoting their own candidates and appointments to all three branches of the federal government. First patriotism was abducted and redefined through the invention of a new enemy: Communism, which they milked for all the wealth-building wars (Korea, Vietnam, and the covert Congo, Nicaragua, El Salvador, etc.). By the Reagan-era, their grandchildren and other decendants had even kidnapped and redefined Jesus Christ (Ayn Rand’s Immaculate Conception) from a compassionate champion of the poor and the sick into a Capitalist Messiah of greed.
George Herbert Walker Bush was expected to fullfill the dreams of his great-grandfather and 1933 coup conspirator Samuel Prescott Bush, but proved to be too sensitive to betray the country he had actually defended in the last World War (perhaps the ghosts of Radioman Second Class John Delaney and Lieutenant Junior Grade William White, who perished after the Bush-piloted bomber was hit, haunted the lone survivor). Though he did manage to complete his predecessor’s stacking of the Supreme Court with the successful nomination of Clarence Thomas, Bush raised his benefactors’ taxes. They did not kill him. They replaced him with William Jefferson Clinton, who rewarded them by gutting FDR’s New Deal and delivering the Democratic Party to their control.
Class Warfare was finally over, the Middle Class suppressed—and the only shots ever fired in the generations-long war caused but one casualty: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. After JFK, every President understood the message of Dallas. LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, and Clinton proved unwilling to die for the unprivilged masses. Bush II completed the work of his great-great-grandfather. Embedded traitors on the Supreme Court made sure ‘W’ could, and, after, the black-robed ones banished the Republic to install international corporate fascism as the governing body of the United States of America through Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
President Kennedy, like FDR, was about to betray his class by scattering into a thousand pieces the instruments the rich and powerful had so patiently planted and cultivated since 1934. The quiet coup had to ratchet into a violent and singularly targeted coup d’état, utilizing all their embedded agents under a plan long reserved and rehearsed for just such a crisis. The 500,000 of 1933 had been reduced to less than a roomful of carefully groomed and rewarded members of the priviliged class, and one from a selection of unaware monitored patsies, dependent on location of the President and ability for rapid response.
Kennedy died so that his successors would choose to live rather than be like him.
The warning of November 22, 1963 has worked thus far, and, perhaps why Barack Obama pivoted from “hopey/changey” to embrace and defend the Bush II wars and much of the horrible measures his predecessor employed. Under a shield of “moving forward”, Obama refuses to encourage investigations of war crimes while he himself shuns torture. He strived to “give something to the American people” by crusading for heathcare reform, but will make us pay the healthcare vultures above fair market value for our own gift. He scorns the criminal syndicate that is Wall Street, yet won’t send them to prison nor sentence them to make restitution of the wealth they scammed from us. He brought the elite into a national debt commission for what at least appears to be for no other purpose but to destroy the last surviving legacy of FDR’s New Deal: Social Security. I find myself wondering if he would look the other way if American union organizers were dispatched of here the way they are in Chile.
Why? Obama does not seem one to value his own life above that of the best interests of his country. What has changed about the manifestation of “change we can believe in”?
And then I wonder: if President Kennedy had been threatened not only with the end of his own life, but that of his wife and children as well—would he have still stood in defiance of the bretheren of 1933-34?
Am I just desperate for something to excuse Obama’s luke-warm change of heart? I don’t think so. The fact that President Obama still remains personally popular, even in these very hard times, tells me I’m not alone in instinctively knowing him to be a brave, good and gentle soul. Something (or someones) have given him reason to be afraid. The danger can be holstered by a media whipped mob only feet from where the President speaks. Who, then, whips the media to lather so much press on this vocal and often hateful minority? Who orders the minority party of both houses of the United States Congress to go beyond simple political gamesmanship into cheerleaders for the crazed Birthers, Secessionists, racists and deluded anti-socialist Social Security and Medicare recipients to overthrow the government? Who fans the flames of treason as the new patriotism? For what purpose?
So much of this dangerous propaganda was in play throughout the Kennedy Administration, leading up to his murder and the coverup of the script that brought forth that coup d’état.
Life in the United States mirrors closely those would-be-coup d’état days of 1933-34. The genetic and spiritually cloned successors of the conspirators of 1933-34 are morally empty: Bush I the last still infected with a trace of a sense of right versus wrong. They are monsters these decendents of the traitors of 1933-34—truly the giant Taibbi squid, sucking all the wealth and life from what was once a great and inspirational nation. Heartless, they know where their prey is vulnerable.
President Biden, anyone?