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50th Anniversary Of The Jfk Assassination

The Conspiracy Theory Is the Conspiracy

The JFK assassination became a liberal martyrdom in search of a conservative inquisitioner.
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The murder of John Lennon, another liberal icon, in the first year of a new decade that closed the door on the chaos of the counterculture, would be a death undignified by any larger meaning. From Charles Manson to Jim Jones, these were the mad horrors spawned by a damaged culture where the monsters and madmen were suddenly the only ones who understood the rules.

Kennedy was killed in a more innocent time when it was still possible to deny that the wave of change was not ushering in a brave new world, but the destruction of a culture that had kept the worst human instincts in check. The Cult of Camelot sought a deeper meaning in his death because the alternative would have been to recognize that the world was not an orderly place and could not be made so by planning. And it sought to disguise the truth about his murder.

JFK was not killed by some miasma of right-wing hatred, by a confederacy of Cuban exiles, CIA agents and Sicilian mafia bosses.

The directions in which the JFK conspiracy theories point reveal what they are trying to hide. John F. Kennedy was not murdered by a miasma of hatred on the right, but on the left. Before liberals became leftists, leftists had a propensity for killing liberals. And Lee Harvey Oswald was as far to the left as you could go.

There was never really any disagreement about Lee Harvey Oswald’s politics. The media has avoided the issue by not talking about it while characterizing him as a screwball who wasn’t happy anywhere. That much is true, but Lee Harvey Oswald was a militant Socialist screwball who defected to the Soviet Union and plotted the murders of people he considered “right-wing”.

The piles of conspiracy theories shove him to the side as an excessively convenient killer. But Lee Harvey Oswald was part of a continuum of left-wing terror in America. The murder of JFK was a bridge between the explosions of violence in the twenties by anarchists and by the Weathermen in the seventies. Oswald was part of the leading edge of left-wing violence in America.

Like so many radicals, Oswald was bored and shiftless. The reality of the Soviet Union with no revolution, just factories to work at, did not appeal to him. Instead he drifted back to America, a weapon in search of a target. The actual murder may have shocked the nation, but it would not be very long before left-wing violence would once again become part of life in America.

All this is far more consistent and far more dangerous than any of the alternative explanations. Worse still, it’s simple. And even worse, it’s obvious. Which means that it can’t possibly be true.

JFK was not killed by a military-industrial complex or a vast right-wing conspiracy. No group of men in suits sat around a table plotting his death. The forces that killed him were the same political ideas of the left that led young American men and women to cheer for the Viet Cong, plant bombs and wage war against their own country.

To understand why JFK died, you must understand the Weathermen and Leon Czolgosz who murdered President McKinley, you must understand the Atom Bomb Spies and Sacco and Vanzetti and a century of left-wing sabotage and terrorism in America.

It’s much safer to talk about magic bullets, than magical thinking ideologies that promise that a workers’ paradise is only a bomb away.

Conspiracy theories rely on finding the inconsistencies and unanswered questions that can be found in just about any event if enough threads are pulled on and enough experts with magnifying glasses crawl over the evidence. They suspect the simple, even as they replace it with byzantine and the complexity, replacing logical answers with to the unending search for the unanswered question. They stare at the static of the television screen, at the Heisenberg Effect of unanswerable questions, at the details that shift close up, and it becomes their obsession and their faith.

The conspiracy theorist has faith that life has meaning. It is a secular sort of faith and its faith object is not divine, but malignant. The meaning of life is malicious. It operates the way it does because evil people behind the scenes refuse to allow for any coincidences or random chance. No sparrow shall fall because a dozen secret agencies are always monitoring it from space.

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About the Author: Daniel Greenfield is an Israeli born blogger and columnist, and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. His work covers American, European and Israeli politics as well as the War on Terror. His writing can be found at http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press.


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7 Responses to “The Conspiracy Theory Is the Conspiracy”

  1. If it ever goes public that the democrats were behind the assasination the party would be finished. Kennedy thought way too much like a conservative for his own good and had to be stopped. All they had to do afterward was to get a guy with a terminal illness to kill the shooter and keep quiet on his deathbed. I imagine his family is well taken care of as promised or…he had no family.

  2. And JFK was a big supporter for the existence of Israel. JFK was not a Liberal. Israel was not created in order to disappear – Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom.

  3. Lyndon Johnson had more motive and opportunity to set up the hit than anybody else. He was still angry that Kennedy got on the presidential ticket in the primaries over him. He believed he should have been president and Kennedy stole his rightful place from him. His connections to the events in Dallas should have been questioned a little more. And when he escalated the Vietnam war, he made tremendous profits through defense contracts. That last part doesn't prove his guilt in the assassination, but it does prove that he's a calculating man willing to sacrifice the lives of others for his own benefit. You can watch the man speak, and you can tell he's an aggressive, often angry man…who also had ambitions to be president before Kennedy did. He was more jealous and envious of Kennedy than Saul was of David.

    And today, Kennedy's policies would be considered conservative. All the rhetoric against communism. The intervention in Vietnam. And his belief that Americans should contribute to the greatness of America rather than the other way around is something a conservative would say, not a liberal. He also dragged his feet on civil rights issues…not that supporting civil rights is a conservative or liberal agenda. I think most on both sides support it, unless they have another motive telling them otherwise. The greater loss to America was the loss of Robert though.

    LBJ did it. They say Nixon was a devil, but they don't know LBJ.

  4. The Kennedy's were mobbed up.

  5. John Lennon was a wife beater.

  6. Maybe! Maybe your right, son!

  7. What a pity to loose a person whose love to needy people was beyond explanations!

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