The Bush Cadre's Fight to Destroy the Iconic Kennedy Legacy and Replace it with Ronald Reagan's
The Grand Poobah of political humor sites, the Onion, once featured a plea to Barbra Streisand from the fictional Collector's Plate Society. "The Society" beseeched Babs to voluntarily die young so that they could better merchandise her. It had been years since Presley, they pointed out, and the collectibles world needed another tragic early death of a celebrity legend.
I am reminded of the Onion whenever I look at the carefully cultivated mythology that has sprung up around Ronald Reagan.
Ten years after Cape Canaveral was renamed Cape Kennedy, the Kennedy name was stripped away and the cape renamed Canaveral. JFK's name was deliberately and methodically tainted and turned into fodder for bad gossip columns and movie magazines while Ronald Reagan was hyped up into more-than-movie-star proportions. JFK (and his family) were the "bad Irish". Ronald Reagan was the "good Irish".
I really would like to know why it is so blessed important which American President is popular in Ireland. I've always found it deeply fascinating why the American President's opinions on Northern Ireland are so central to discussions. What should Ireland care about an American President, beyond the normal familial ties we have with Ireland in return? He/she is our problem to deal with, but yet it always seems to come down to the US President passing muster with the Irish or they with him.
During the 60s, Irish homes proudly displayed portraits of Jack Kennedy. In the 90s, those portraits were removed in favor of Ronald Reagan. He would be the conservative JFK. A pro-Royal Irish President.
A previous piece of mine opined on the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan. I also gave my opinion that the attempt might have been engineered by the one with most to gain from Reagan's fall -- his Vice President George Herbert Walker Bush. The attempted assassination was carried out by John Hinckley, an old friend of the Bush family. (An excellent novelized account of the overall hand of Bush in these matters can be found in Nathaniel Blumberg's The Afternoon of March 30th)
The usual explanation for this odd convergence include "the Bushes know a lot of people" and "Hinckley was drawn to the act by virtue of his father's relationship with the Bush family", etc. These are the very kind of articles of plausible deniability put forth by CIA white papers while also being potential explanations for the weird coincidence.
Another point often made is that "certainly the Bush family would have hidden any connection", had there been one. Would they have? And what if that connection was divulged? Especially if Reagan died and members of his own people smelled a Brutus among them? Wouldn't it have been far better for there to be an obvious "oh, it's just a coincidence" connection that the press could then easily ignore?
Oh, yes, we've already looked at that. Nothing to see here, carry on.
Had this been a run-of-the-mill murder with a suspect connected to someone who stood to gain greatly from the murder, on whose doorstep would detectives have been within hours of the shooting? It's the old legal question again ... for whom is it good? George Herbert Walker Bush would have been a strong suspect for a co-conspirator and yet he was never investigated. No one even followed up the leads on Hinckley despite the fact that Vice President Bush's son Neil was scheduled to have dinner with John Hinckley's father the very next night.
It's also well-known that Nancy Reagan spent the night at her husband's bedside, fearful that another assault on her husband was imminent, and yet John Hinckley Jr, the ostensible lone nut, was nowhere in sight. Who did Nancy fear? What did she know that we don't know? Only Nancy Reagan knows and she can't tell us.
If Reagan had died, there would have been their little "conservative" JFK all ready for an orchestrated veneration.
George Bush could then come in with unquestioned carte blanche to launch the attack his son took up because Reagan had the temerity to not die. One can imagine that Cape Canaveral might even have been re-christened Cape Ronald Reagan.
Who are these faceless people pulling strings? The late political researcher Mae Brussell (who was definitely stone paranoid but who came up with some amazing revelations in her time -- including breaking the Watergate story) called the US-based group "The Gang of 10". This was a band of young men in Texas who despised Kennedy and who called him, a full year before Kennedy's death, "the late Jack Kennedy".
Who else was involved? We know now, thanks to the death bed declaration of E. Howard Hunt that he was not only a key player in Watergate but also in the JFK Assassination. What? You haven't heard about that? Small wonder -- it made it to Rolling Stone and a handful of edge-oriented radio shows and that is it. Hunt confessed to helping to kill JFK. There was a conspiracy. We have it in his own spoken word tape given to his son who has made the tape public.