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Published: Thursday, Oct. 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

What is the intention of your story. I thought it to be a lot to be desired. It's kinda like Vietnam, you had to of been there.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

"He didn't even have the satisfaction of being killed for civil rights. It's — it had to be some silly little Communist." — Jacqueline Kennedy, Nov. 22, 1963

I was surprised that Mrs. Kennedy was surprised that a communist was the assassin. Of course it was a communist! Communism was the greatest threat to America in 1962. The moment I heard of the assassination, I thought that communists were the cause.

George Will is right; there has been a major rewrite of History. George Orwell alluded to it, too.

SEY
Sandy, UT

This article is not so much about revisiting the assassination of JFK as it is about the liberal response to it. He said liberalism changed after that event: "The new liberalism-as-paternalism would be about correcting other people's defects." It changed from a spirit of optimism to one of social indictment. It was the point at which liberalism co-opted social scientists and engineers for their new cause of transforming society into their image.

As evidence of this new perspective, one needs only to remember the massive social engineering initiatives under the LBJ administration. Ronald Reagan, he points out, revived the liberal spirit of optimism during his administration.

KDave
Moab, UT

Then, if you believe he was killed by the mafia (because he double-crossed them), it sorta changes all the perceptions.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

AS usual, George's worldview is all twisted up. To him, the great liberal advances JFK lived for -- civil rights, Medicare,environmental protection, etc. -- are about "correcting other people's defects." No kidding. How about the defects of those who would deny voting rights to blacks, those who would bankrupt old people needing medical help, and those who would trash our environment for personal profit? I would say those people's defects needed correcting in a big way.

Anti Bush-Obama
Washington, DC

They changed them from classical liberals into the authoritarians that you see today.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

I love when someone like George decides to tell me how I think and feel. Such a productive exercise.

SEY
Sandy, UT

Spring street: how is that different from any other social philosopher? It's what they do, even the ones you agree with.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@SEY

Social Philosopher? I think that maybe a stretch don't you? Political pundit maybe the phrase you are looking for.

SEY
Sandy, UT

Spring street: whatever works for you. At any rate, that's what the lot of them do. Either you agree with them or you don't. Each critic has his opposition all figured out and explains them to his audience. Don't you agree? I'm not arguing, just making an observation.

redshirt007
tranquility base, 00

Of course the conservatives accused Kennedy of being a communist threat to America and ahout just as much or more vitriol as they are now about Obama.

Nothing changes. But whatever the intention of the article, it seems to be trying in a strange way to say the democrats blamed conservatives for the assassination which I have never heard. Ever.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@SEY
I don't think they have them "All figured out" that is the problem I have with such "critic" regardless of their political strips, Their only purpose in life seems to be as divisive as possible. there is a reason I do not watch MSNBC, bill maher, Micheal Moore etc. I may share similar political views but garbage in garbage out.

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