50 years ago today, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. Afterwards, the government convened a distinguished panel, known as The Warren Commission, to analyze the shooting and determine who was responsible for Kennedy’s death. Millions of man-hours later, the panel issued it’s report.
Lee Harvey Oswald killed Kennedy, they said, with one bullet that struck the President from behind, exited through his throat, then passed through Senator John Connally’s right shoulder, shattered his right wrist and continued on to wound him in his left thigh.
One bullet did all that? I didn’t believe it at the time and I don’t believe it now. I watched a program on The History Channel this morning that featured a number of respected pathologists, all of whom agreed that at least two bullets were involved. Dr. Henry Lee, an internationally known medical examiner, stated categorically that the the x-rays taken at Parkland Hospital of Kennedy’s injuries were altered. That is, they were faked. By whom?
There was nothing funny about Kennedy’s death. But there was plenty that was funny about the Warren Commission report. Jerry Seinfeld seized upon the improbability of the Report’s findings to create the “magic loogie” episode, one of the funniest TV moments of all time. His brilliant satire vaporizes the “Magic Bullet” theory. If you have any lingering doubts about the accuracy of the the Warren Report, you won’t after you watch this!
Many believe Kennedy’s demise marked a turning point in the arc of American history. Before the assassination, we were a confident people, sure of ourselves and our place in the world. Subsequently, we seemed to lose our way under the ineffectual leadership of the presidents who followed.
And set against the backdrop of today’s America, where constant government surveillance makes us all a little timid about expressing our political opinions, I ask myself how our country would be different if Kennedy had served two full terms as our president.
To this day, I have just one question about what happened that day: Who took this visionary leader from us, and why?