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Still taking measure

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John F. Kennedy
... he made Americans feel,proud
John F. Kennedy ... he made Americans feel,proud
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I have felt a connection with John F. Kennedy ever since I learned we shared the same birth date, May 29. It always felt special, especially since he was the first president who made me think about things outside myself. I was 22 years old, waiting to report to Fort Dix for basic training when he was assassinated on this date in 1963 in Dallas. His death postponed my report date by a couple of weeks. I wept with America and life moved on, but the connection remained. Twenty years later, as editorial,page editor for the Times Herald-Record, in Middletown, N.Y., my first editorial would be on the anniversary of JFK's death. I headlined it "The Measure of the Man." It was an attempt to take a fair assessment of the man and the myth, although my personal feelings managed to insert themselves. In part, I wrote:

"John Kennedy, as no president since and few before, had the ability to make Americans feel good about themselves proud, daring even, and unashamedly patriotic. He was a symbol of how America liked to think of itself young, strong, intelligent, witty, caring, with a sense of destiny. He looked the part and, perhaps, he played the part. He read the lines with unmatched eloquence. Still, if we got carried away with ourselves, there was the honesty to admit mistakes. We blew it at the Bay of Pigs, Kennedy would tell us. There is not an American solution for all the world's problems, he would warn us. We are all brothers on this earth "Ich bin ein Berliner" he would remind us.

And then he was gone."

I write about Kennedy with more sadness than usual on this solemn anniversary, because what might have been has replaced with what is and I remember those days of being proud of my country and my president and wish with all my heart to feel that way again before I, too, am gone.
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The JFK assassination was a pivotal moment in American history.

After WWII, a small group of right wing political appointees including James Byrnes and Allen Dulles took over foreign policy from Harry S Truman. In fact, Truman had been launched into FDR's VP slot deliberately, replacing Wallace, a popular socialist, by these same people, because he could be controlled. Truman created the CIA as a permanent peacetime force in charge of dirty tricks in foreign countries.

Under Eisenhower, this same powerful group within the CIA retained their power. All this ended when the same men tried to manipulate JFK. Just a few weeks into the Kennedy administration, they launched the Bay of Pigs invasion and lied to Kennedy about it. Kennedy saw exactly what had happened, and fired Allen Dulles from his post at CIA. He said privately he wanted to break the CIA into a million pieces and scatter them to the wind.

JFK took back control of American foreign policy for the elected President, restoring Constitutional authority. But by that time the CIA group had a lot of power and a lot of audacity. They arranged for JFK's murder, with elaborate efforts to cover up their murder in the Press, in Congress. LBJ was complicit. The NYTimes was complicit. Earl Warren was deceived into thinking that the American people could not be trusted with the truth.

It worked. They got away with it. Ever since, our Presidents have known that they are not really in charge of foreign policy, and they can maneuver only within a narrow range of the CIA's violent, imperialist vision for America's role in the world.

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And I'm sure this same group of monsters pulled off 9/11 to guarantee endless wars and profits.

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I completely agree with you. He was by far the very best of all our presidents! And I do believe it was our government that had him assassinated because he did not want war with Vietnam or Cuba. And you know who was in charge of it, it was old Pappy Bush, the biggest piece of garbage this country ever had!

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I believe that JFK was a great President, and JFK was the last true People's President.

I would not rank JFK as the greatest President, I would however rank him right up there along side FDR as two of the greatest US Presidents in the 20th century. I would give an Honorable Mention to Dwight Eisenhower, for his warning to the American People on about the Military Industrial Complex. His warning about the dangers of the Military Industrial Complex, as we all now know, was right on point!!

If the American People can weed through all of the BS media propaganda and vote in their own self interest instead of against it, Bernie Sanders will win the democratic nomination and the election in 2020.

When this happens, we will have THREE US Presidents in our history that are true People Presidents, because Bernie Sanders will fight for the American People and this great country just like FDR did!!

Do you know what happened the last time a Democratic Socialist ran for US President??

His initials were FDR, and the American People elected him FOUR TIMES!!


Bernie Sanders In 2020!!!!

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I've been a Bernie Sanders fan for over 10 years and I agree, he is the best for president and the only one who could win.

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I agree with Josh M. and others about who and why JFK was assassinated, and I think he would have attained true greatness if he had not been assassinated. But then, that is why he was assassinated, wasn't it?


As for Sanders, I have been a fan of his for as long as I can remember. I was part of the PDA "run, Bernie, run" movement in 2015. I am so glad the rest of the country finally discovered him. I wear a large Bernie Sanders button, and even here in supposedly conservative Lancaster, Pa., dozens of people come up to me every week and say "I like your button." I also get lots of positive comments on my "Bernie Sanders, Not For Sale" bumper sticker.

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