It is a long way from morning to midnight, traveling imperceptibly in time and in distance. Times change and we change with it, for better or for worse. This month we remember the 50th anniversary of John Kennedy's assassination in an open car on the streets of Dallas Texas. Officially, it's alleged the President was assassinated, by a lone gunman from a sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository. Strangely, the Secret Service agents normally assigned to stand on the back bumper of the Presidential limousine were missing that day. Stranger still, a man shot from behind, fell backwards and to the left. His scalp torn from above his right ear to the back of his head with pieces of the President's skull retrieved from the trunk lid of the limousine. What was it they said in the O.J. Simpson trial, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit?"
In less than 1000 days, Kennedy, a conservative Democrat had begun the Peace Corps, expanded the space program and raised the minimum wage"twice! He'd complained to his brother that the CIA had tried to mislead him into war over the Bay of Pigs. He'd faced down the Pentagon over the Cuban missile crisis. He also watched as the CIA bungled a Coup d'e'tat in Vietnam; right or wrong, the intention was to replace a fatally corrupt and unpopular government. Kennedy was a cold warrior, waging a cold war against a defined and publicly named enemy.
Kennedy had upped defense spending by 20% but to some"that wasn't enough. Lyndon Johnson was elected by a bullet and before the decade was out, Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King would all die by the bullet.