It is a long way from morning to midnight, traveling imperceptibly in time and in distance. Times change and we change with it, for better or for worse. This month we remember the 50th anniversary of John Kennedy’s assassination in an open car on the streets of Dallas Texas. Officially, it’s alleged the President was assassinated, by a lone gunman from a sixth floor window of the Texas School Book Depository. Strangely, the Secret Service agents normally assigned to stand on the back bumper of the Presidential limousine were missing that day. Stranger still, a man shot from behind, fell backwards and to the left. His scalp torn from above his right ear to the back of his head with pieces of the President’s skull retrieved from the trunk lid of the limousine. What was it they said in the O.J. Simpson trial, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit?”
In less than 1000 days, Kennedy, a conservative Democrat had begun the Peace Corps, expanded the space program and raised the minimum wage…twice! He’d complained to his brother that the CIA had tried to mislead him into war over the Bay of Pigs. He’d faced down the Pentagon over the Cuban missile crisis. He also watched as the CIA bungled a Coup d’état in Vietnam; right or wrong, the intention was to replace a fatally corrupt and unpopular government. Kennedy was a cold warrior, waging a cold war against a defined and publicly named enemy.
Kennedy had upped defense spending by 20% but to some…that wasn’t enough. Lyndon Johnson was elected by a bullet and before the decade was out, Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King would all die by the bullet.
Johnson’s Presidency was abbreviated, as was Nixon’s, as was Ford’s, as was Carter’s, as was Reagan’s… almost. George H.W. Bush served one term as our first, former CIA head, elected to the Presidency. Bill Clinton was elected as a “new” Democrat. That “new” moniker meant a pro-business Democrat. In his cabinet were Wall Street bankers, anxious to do away with FDR era reforms, such as the Glass-Steagal Act, which had built a wall between savings banks and investment banks.
Kennedy was a conservative Democrat. Harry Truman, a liberal Democrat, thought Kennedy too conservative, but compared to Clinton, it is a different party entirely. Clinton supported NAFTA and the WTO along with both of the Bush Presidencies and along with Vice-President Al Gore. This was long before Gore became an environmentalist, before he realized that moving American factories with environmental regulations to countries without environmental regulations might be hazardous to the planet. Clinton left office broke, but is now worth over $100 million; Al Gore was already affluent, not among the super–rich, but he is now!
Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon struggled with the Vietnam War. It was Nixon who began secret wars in Cambodia and Laos. That’s a first, secret wars, and Nixon’s bombing of dams in North Vietnam, were war crimes under international law.
But Nixon was forced to resign from office over a bungled burglary, perpetrated by low-level subordinates. You believe that, right? A President can start secret wars and commit war crimes, but a pious American electorate will remove them from office for knowledge after the fact? This almost immediately after Nixon’s Vice-President, Spiro Agnew was forced to resign after a racketeering conviction. Coup d’état?
Gerald Ford was elected by a single vote, Richard Nixon’s vote. Ford was a pliable Republican Senator. He’d served on the notorious Warren Commission investigation into the Assassination of JFK, before warming the Presidential chair, then losing to Jimmy Carter in a wave of anti-Washington sentiment. The problem is, when you’re elected as Anti-Washington, Washington is Anti-you. In the end, Carter lost to Reagan over the Iranian hostage crisis. Carter resisted the Pentagon’s desires for a full-blown Iranian war. Did the Reagan camp deal covertly with the Iranians? Would a Presidential candidate commit treason to be elected? Well, we do know they sold arms to Iran, despite legal restrictions, if that tells you anything.
Under Ronald Reagan, the tiny Island of Grenada was invaded, as the US. Defense budget soared to near WW2 levels. Reagan followed the Nixon tradition, fighting secret proxy wars in Central America. Under Bush the elder, Saddam Hussein, our former ally, was told by our ambassador that how Hussein handled his relations with his neighbors was no concern of the US. Then after Saddam took the bait and invaded Kuwait, Bush the elder, famously told the American public, “This aggression will not stand!” The Kuwaiti ambassador’s daughter, teary-eyed, told horror stories to a TV audience of Kuwaiti babies thrown from incubators by marauding Iraqi soldiers. The problem being, she lived in New York City and had no personal knowledge of anything going on in Kuwait, except what she was being told.
Bush then began a campaign against Panamanian President, Manuel Noriega. Noriega had also been our ally, right up until the moment he nationalized the Bank of Panama, freezing the assets of… drum roll please, the CIA. Bush accused Noriega of racketeering and drug trafficking, which was actually correct on both counts. Of course, it’s hard to be wrong when the CIA was Noriega’s business partner. George H.W. Bush the former head of the CIA was well aware of General Richard Secord, former National Security Advisor under Ronald Reagan, who’d managed the CIA drug trafficking in Vietnam. After Congress cut funding for the secret wars in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal, America’s streets and night clubs mysteriously filled with cocaine. So when George H.W. Bush said Noriega was a drug trafficker, well, he would know.
George W. Bush was never legally elected to the office of the Presidency. The tenth amendment Constitution of the United States declares unequivocally, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” So who then was the final arbiter of Florida election laws? That would be the Florida Supreme Court. If you did not win lawful election for your first term, you cannot use the powers of incumbency to make second term legitimate. Illegal doesn’t stop being illegal, just because four years passed.
Cabinet members of this illegal administration belonged to the think tank “The Project for a New American Century.” The stated goals of PNAC were clear: “to promote American global leadership.” PNAC advocated increased military spending and fighting a two-front global war, just to impress the world with our military prowess. Then in a most cryptic prophecy, PNAC wondered if what wasn’t needed was “A new Pearl Harbor,” galvanizing the American people and muting criticism. And before you call me a conspiracy theorist, if I’d publicly wondered aloud what my ex would look like falling off a tall bridge and then she mysteriously fell off a tall bridge, you wouldn’t think me a suspect? Especially, if I’d just been elected bridge keeper.
The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu observed the cost of raising an Army of 100,000 men at 1000 ounces of silver per day, warning “if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain.”
“Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue.”~ Sun Tzu
From the CIA World Fact Book – “Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan required major shifts in national resources from civilian to military purposes and contributed to the growth of the budget deficit and public debt. Through 2011, the direct costs of the wars totaled nearly $900 billion, according to US government figures. US revenues from taxes and other sources are lower, as a percentage of GDP, than those of most other countries.”
So as we move on to where the sun sets, the illegitimate Bush Presidency found itself the most unpopular regime in American history. A new candidate appears, as if out of nowhere, promising “Hope and Change” to a weary America. He’s slicker than an icy sidewalk, calm and articulate. He’s elected in a cakewalk, but election doesn’t really cover it, does it? He certainly received the most votes, but ran against the most unpopular Republican nominee ever… until Mitt Romney. So was this an election or a selection? That’s all you get in this country, two choices, A or B.
So Mr. Hope and Change is elected as a Democrat, unrecognizable to any pre-Clinton era Democrat. Once ensconced in the White House, he loses any pretense of being a Democrat or even a Constitutional law scholar. He refuses to prosecute Bush crimes; he re-floats the banks reimbursing them at one hundred cents on the dollar, while repeatedly referring to honest Americans, who lost their homes in the housing bubble as “irresponsible consumers.” He continues and advances the PNAC agenda. His signature legislation is a healthcare privatization scheme, funneling billions of tax dollars into the pockets of for-profit healthcare corporations, when government already has a fully functioning non-profit healthcare system in place.
In following the curve, we can see these rodents are fighting over the crumbs of American prosperity. Militarized police forces, security check points and surveillance in an America John Kennedy would not recognize. The American gambit is over as Sun Tzu had warned, “When their substance is drained away, the peasantry will be afflicted by heavy exactions.” Military failure precedes economic failure; economic failure brings reform or revolution. Does equitable reform seem likely from this government?
“A revolution is coming – a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough – but a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.” ~ John F. Kennedy
About the author: David Glenn Cox is a senior staff writer for TLR and an award winning author and musician; he is the author of the novel, “The Servants of Pilate.”