It happened some 54 years ago. I don’t know about you, but I was 6 years old. I was in the first grade at Lincoln Elementary School in a small town in Southeastern Michigan. We all remember where we were when we heard the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot. I was walking home from school, which let out early. I didn’t know why we got out early, we just did. The neighbor girl said Kennedy had been killed. I didn’t believe her. That was until I opened the front door to the house and my babysitter was sitting on the couch watching TV, and said, “Yes…he was killed today”.
Now, 54 years later, there is a cry among those in Washington DC politics for the government to finally come clean. There is a move in congress, a bi-partisan effort, to actually release the government documents, telling the world what the government knew and when they knew it. It would detail all of the gory details we have been spared all these many years. All of the conspiracy theories would finally be put to rest.
I gotta say…I’m not sure I want to know.
It isn’t going to bring Kennedy back. It can’t do anything to enhance the federal government’s position, which today isn’t good. If the report comes out and says the federal government knew nothing of the assassination, then the conspiracy theories will just continue and call it a cover-up. If the government comes out and says yes…it WAS the FBI, or the CIA, or Lyndon Johnson, or aliens from another planet, then will your faith in the government be restored or destroyed? I don’t see how this helps the government either way. And frankly, I’m not sure I want to know.
Oh, there’s a curiosity there, to be sure. After spending four days after the shooting in front of the TV with wall to wall coverage of everything Kennedy (and no cartoons! which for a 6 year old was the worst punishment ever!), it was the first time I ever remember seeing a “news channel” in today’s parlance…24/7…nothing but Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, and Howard K. Smith. No commercials, no breaks, straight news. And it did get boring.
I’m just not sure putting this to bed once and for all is going to actually put this to bed once and for all. And so it probably would not achieve the intended result. It’s even more questionable that we as Americans, shouldn’t know what happened to our elected leaders, two generations after they were taken out by an assassin’s bullet. I’ve always said that if some governmental agency could take out the President, then nothing in this country is sacred or safe. They could take out any one of us, at any time, for any reason. I guess I just don’t want to believe that of America. I guess I just don’t want to know!
But it looks like soon, we all will be forced to relive that day, so long ago!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!