Still don't believe the official findings.
JFK's assassination was one of those defining moments for a generation. It's one of those "I know exactly where I was when...." situations for anyone who was alive and old enough to recall the event. Much like the Challenger explosion, 9/11, and the fall of the Berlin Wall was for others who were not born or old enough to recall that day in 1963.
Today politics in this country is ugly. Ugly elections, non-stop partisan bickering, and a sense of distrust in government because both sides have lost hope that the right and the left can agree on anything.
The assassination of JFK played a major role in how ugly elections became. Consider this...Goldwater was the presumptive nominee for the GOP before the primaries. If he would have been nominated and JFK was still alive they had agreed to campaign together where each of them would provide their viewpoints on issues, counterpoints, etc. in a respectful manner because those two genuinely respected one another despite their ideological differences. Instead, JFK is killed and Goldwater runs against LBJ who turned nasty very soon as evidenced by the infamous "Daisy" television ad. That ad showed just how powerful the media (specifically TV) can be in a national campaign. JFK never would've run an ad like that. LBJ set out on his own course and went away from JFK's platform. The impact of that was huge then and it still is today.
JFK lives and runs against Goldwater. JFK probably wins that election and serves until 1968. Goldwater remains a leader in the senate and you have that respect between the two leaders of their party and the nation avoids the immediate bitterness that came out of the '64 election and subsequently Vietnam. Goldwater sets himself up to run again in '68 and the nation avoids the "draft Nixon" movement that propelled him to the White House. You can continue this exercise on your own if you like...
Point being...an event like the death of a sitting president sets the nation on a dramatically different course and has a ripple effect to the current day. Doesn't matter if it was Lincoln, McKinley, Kennedy, FDR, Harding, etc. These things are important because they create a situation where a leadership void is filled.
That attitude is what built our country.
but this event, the assassination of an American president is an important part of our history. And should be part of Americans collective consciousness
Let's all take a moment to consider writing our congressional representatives about a. releasing ALL documentation of the Abraham Lincoln assassination b. reopening the investigation of these tragic events.
I'm being facetious of course, but it's been FIFTY ONE YEARS.
I don't see what possible purpose dredging up this tragedy so people who either weren't born, were very young, weren't there, weren't connected to govt intelligence can speculate about conspiracy theories.
If there was a "mysterious second gunman", that guy is either dead of old age or on the way there soon. (not to mention I don't think any of us in the Midwest are going to "crack the case")
No disrespect meant to anyone this was traumatic for, but I'm not a fan of conspiracy theories and this is so very old.
I was home sick from school, grandma was taking care of me. We were both in shock... what a horrible and dark day for America.
Health care is changing for all of us, we're legalizing recreational drugs, we're legalizing illegal aliens, the manufacturing jobs that were the backbone of our economy have been exported or marginalized, insane kids shoot up our schools, highly addictive methamphetamine and heroin are turning our kids into corpses or hardened criminals, people in foreign countries saw off our citizens heads, Russia is starting to expand it's reach, China pretty much owns us, Social Security needs restructuring, pension plans fail right and left, cities like Detroit are becoming 3rd world islands, and our government is at a standstill as the congress of the working and rich lock horns with the president of the students and poor.
There's enough to worry about these days without dredging up things from 50 years ago, IMHO.