A few weeks ago I finished reading Jim Douglass's "JFK and the Unspeakable". It is one of those books that should be required reading for all Americans. Its documentation - even more than its narrative which concurred with a lot of my memories of the evidence that disappeared under the "scrutiny" of the Warren Commission, led me to believe that Douglass's conclusions were probably right. He concluded that JFK was taken out by the CIA because he was bent on negotiating a peace with the Soviet Union and Castro that recognized their right to exist.
Implicit in their right to exist is their right to protest and downscale our "free market" dominance of the world's markets through corporate power - the very heartbeat of the shift of wealth to the few at the cost of the poverty to the many.
Being unsettled by the strong feelings aroused by the fact that my long-held vague feelings that some unknown group had taken JFK out for reasons I didn't understand had gelled into the strong possibility that our own government as embodied in the CIA did the deed, I turned to the only source I knew personally and trusted enough to ask. I emailed a man I met while hosting a Peace Network of the Ozarks sponsored panel discussion about the motivations behind the Iraq war ex-CIA agent Ray McGovern and asked him if Douglass had it right.
Had I known, I could have waited and just read Ray's last two articles which appeared in both www.consortiumnews.com and our own OpEdNews pointing out the correctness and implications of Douglass's conclusions, but instead I got it straight from the horse's mouth that Ray believed Douglass had nailed it.
Concurrently, I was working on a piece that was finally published in our local paper, the Springfield News-Leader, just yesterday listing several of the meaningful failures of the Obama Administration and its Democratic Congress including the failure to force a public option in its healthcare legislation, continuing to espouse the doctrine of pre-emptive war, failing to prosecute the Bush Administration for its criminal acts, continuation of the Clinton created "renditions" program, and failure to stand tall at the Copenhagen talks on global warming.
The point of my article was to raise this question: "Did we really get anywhere with our last election, or is American governance so controlled behind the scenes that we have no hope of meaningful change via existing political means?"