Every time Anne and I visit Washington DC, we make it our business to visit Arlington National Cemetery, and specifically go to the Final Resting Place Of President John F Kennedy.
On November 22, 1963 . . . I was at lunch in school, when word circulated through the School Yard, that all classes were cancelled for the day, because President Kennedy was just Assassinated.
I was 13-Years Old at the time when JFK was assassinated, and besides knowing of the President, mostly because of his dramatic PT-109 Story, Camelot at the White House, and “something” about the Cuban Missile Crisis – I actually knew very little about JFK.
But . . . As I Grew Older, and developed a keen interest in Politics and History, I learned far more about the 35th-President of the United States of America . . .
SO THIS IS WHAT I LEARNED:
1 – JFK was a Democrat, which in those days didn’t mean much to me either way.
2 – His Father was a Huge Nazi Supporter before the War, and most probably a Rank Anti-Semite until his Death, who made his Fortune during Prohibition, and prior to the Wall Street Collapse (Great Depression) as an Trader Insider, who also Shorted-Out Currencies when that was still legal.
3 – JFK came from an Extremely Privileged and an Extraordinarily Well Connected Power Family, which simply assumed that the Kennedys would be the Power Brokers of the United States for Generations to Come.
4 – JFK was a Womanizer, not Loyal to his Wife, and DEFILED the White House with Drunken Drugged-Out Sex Parties.
5 – And when Push Came to Shove vis-a-vis Cuban Freedom Fighters, JFK ABANDONED the Freedom Fighters on the Beaches of the Bay of Pigs.
6 – As for Vietnam, America had no significant involvement in Vietnam before JFK decided that America should replace the Beaten French Army in South East Asia, with American Military Consultants (advisors) and Trainers.
7 – And then there was the Cuban Missile Crisis, which from all I could have discerned, seemed more than likely to me, that JFK was no Hero, and in fact, could have engineered the CRISIS for Domestic Political Purposes, which seems more than evident today, as more and more pertinent information has been released over the years.
And if you’re interested in some excellent background information on the Cuban Missile Crises, CLICK HERE . . . to read what the World Renowned Left Leaning Atlantic Monthly Wrote about the Politics of the Crisis.
What is most important though, of the Missile Crisis, is how JFK BLINKED to Khrushchev, by agreeing to remove Strategic First Strike Missiles from Asia (Turkey), in return for the Russians not to place their Nuclear Missiles in Cuba.
PLEASE REMEMBER THIS FACT:
In 1962, as the Cuban Missile Crisis was Ramping-Up, mostly because the Kennedys gave Nikita Khrushchev a very Public ULTIMATUM . . . Move the Missiles OR ELSE, having the Russian Missiles 80-Miles off the Coast of Florida, was no Greater a Threat to the USA then, than having Russian Nuclear Missiles Thousand of Miles away on Russian or Soviet Territory, since once the Missiles would be Launched from anywhere, there was no way either country could Shoot Down either country’s Missiles, no matter from where they came.
WHAT THE RUSSIANS WANTED . . . was NOT to have their Missiles in Cuba, but Rather, TO NOT HAVE AMERICAN FIRST STRIKE MISSILES IN TURKEY. And to this end JFK Blinked, the American Missiles were removed from Turkey, the Russian Missiles were taken away from Cuba, Khrushchev scored a huge Victory for Russia, while much of the World saw a “Fake” Champion in JFK.
In all . . . ALL THE POLITICIANS GOT WHAT THEY WANTED, at the near cost of a Nuclear Catastrophe, and a situation that placed the world on Tenterhooks.
I HAVE WRITTEN SEVERAL TIMES . . . ABOUT WHY I DIDN’T LIKE JFK:
SO . . . YOU HAVE TO WONDER – If I wrote so disparagingly about JFK, why in the World would I hold him in such regard, so as to visit his Monumental Resting Place every time I visit Arlington National Cemetery?
IN A FEW WORDS . . . It’s NOT because of anything JFK did, or because of any of his policies, but rather . . . it is because of what he said, and what is INSCRIBED at his Final Resting Place on Earth, which relates not only to the United States of America, but also to Canada, Israel, and every other country of VALUE.
“Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You. Ask What You Can Do For Your Country”.
SO . . . WHEN I SEE, HEAR, & READ . . . about how the DREADFUL POLITICIANS of Today, are in Full Competition with each other TO SEE HOW MUCH THEY CAN WRING OUT OF THE COUNTRY . . . to further their OWN Selfish Political Goals, to the point that they are DESTROYING the Greatest Free Nation that has ever been, I think of JFK’S ICONOCLASTIC WORDS, whether he really meant them or not.
AND NOW – WATCHING PRESIDENT TRUMP & THE RINOS . . . Doing all they can with Obamacare, to see how much they can SQUEEZE from the Country to Satisfy the GREED & NEED OF THE ENTITLED, all I can do is Look-On In Despair, WISHING that somehow, my Words can make a difference. And the words of JFK will have resonance.
BUT . . . “If Wishes Were Horses Beggars Would Ride”.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov