11-29 Letter to the Editor

November 29, 2013 

Dear Editor:

As you probably know, Nov. 22 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He is arguably the most beloved and the most misunderstood president of the 20th century. He was a young, energetic, and charming president who died too soon. Those kinds of thing make a president a much grander figure in the hearts and minds of the American people than his actual accomplishments might suggest. Rating presidents is hard and there is little if any consensus. From my perspective, any claim to presidential “greatness” depends on your opinion JFK’s handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I believe that he is very misunderstood across the political spectrum. Liberals love him like they do FDR. In reality, JFK was a tax cutter who denounced communism in front of the Berlin Wall. That sounds like another president, a man named Ronald Reagan. Conservatives are inclined to be skeptical of JFK because of pretty much every other Kennedy, especially Ted. I encourage everyone to research JFK no matter what you think of him or what your politics are. It is a rewarding endeavor.

If there is one topic that history buffs are more compelled by than JFK’s life, it’s his death. It is important to study all possible aspects of this event that shaped our nation’s history like few have. There are more theories about how JFK died than one could possibly imagine. I used to be fascinated by such theories. As I have learned more, I have come to be saddened by these conspiracy theories and the misguided people behind them. The evidence shows that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. He was a crazed communist that wanted to make an impact on the world. He had the gun, the shooting ability, and the perfect location to kill an American president. I recommend the book and the movie, but you will learn more from the book, “Killing Kennedy.” It gives a detailed account of JFK’s life and death and paints a vivid picture of Lee Harvey Oswald and what drove him to perpetrate a national tragedy.

Camelot was ended by one man. I know some people don’t want to believe that but it is the truth. Conspiracy theories are not useful to history. They are clouding history and the legacy of a president. Fifty years have passed and it is time for the American people to accept what happened.

Jay Bennett

Harrisonville

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