Nothing much has changed now has it?
The Daily Kos reminds us on the right wing follies when John F. Kennedy visited Dallas, that fatal day 50 years ago.
We hear much of the same nonsense repeated against today’s President… Some people never grow up…
JFK responded appropriately…
In The Dallas Morning News, Kennedy perused a full-page ad purchased by a John Birch Society member, sarcastically headlined, “Welcome Mr. Kennedy to Dallas.” It “demanded” that the president publicly answer 12 conspiratorial questions, including this one: “WHY have you ordered or permitted your brother Bobby, the Attorney General, to go soft on Communists, fellow-travelers, and ultra-leftists in America?”
“We’re really in nut country now,” the president told the first lady.
The ad, purchased by a ‘John Birch Society’ member read as follows
These questions are:
WHY is Latin America turning either anti-American or Communistic, or both, despite increased U. S. foreign aid, State Department policy, and your own Ivy-Tower pronouncements?
WHYdo you say we have built a “wall of freedom” around Cuba when there is no freedom in Cuba today? Because of your policy, thousands of Cubans have been imprisoned, are starving and being persecuted–with thousands already murdered and thousands more awaiting execution and, in addition, the entire population of almost 7,000,000 Cubans are living in slavery.
WHYhave you approved the sale of wheat and corn to our enemies when you know the Communist soldiers “travel on their stomachs” just as ours do? Communist soldiers are daily wounding and or killing American soldiers in South Viet Nam.
WHY did you host and entertain Tito–Moscow’s Trojan Horse–just a short time after our sworn enemy, Khrushchev, embraced the Yugoslav dictator as a great hero and leader of Communism?
WHYhave you urged greater aid, comfort, recognition, and understanding for Yugoslavia, Poland, Hungary, and other Communists countries, while turning your back on the pleas of Hungarian, East German, Cuban and other anti-Communists freedom fighters?
WHY did Cambodia kick the U.S. out of its country after we poured nearly 400 Million Dollars of aid into its ultra-leftist government?
WHY has Gus Hall, head of the U.S. Communist Party praised almost every one of your policies and announced that the party will endorse and support your re-election in 1964?
WHY have you banned the showing at U.S. military bases of the film “Operation Abolition”–the movie by the House Committee on Un-American Activities exposing Communism in America?
WHY have you ordered or permitted your brother Bobby, the Attorney General, to go soft on Communists, fellow-travelers, and ultra-leftists in America, while permitting him to persecute loyal Americans who criticize you, your administration, and your leadership?
WHY are you in favor of the U.S. continuing to give economic aid to Argentina, in spite of the fact that Argentina has just seized almost 400 Million Dollars of American private property?
WHY has the Foreign Policy of the United States degenerated to the point that the C.I.A. is arranging coups and having staunch Anti-Communists Allies of the U.S. bloodily exterminated.
WHY have you scrapped the Monroe Doctrine in favor of the “Spirit of Moscow”?
MR. KENNEDY, as citizens of the United States of America, we DEMAND answers to these questions, and we want them NOW.
Of course, the petition for redress of grievances was clearly an exercise of first amendment rights, but like the right wing groups of today, they believe that the right to petition is equivalent to having the grievances addressed… Nothing is further from the truth. A handful of right wing extremists recently descended onto Washington and believed that our President not only should take their grievances seriously but that he should leave the Whitehouse…
They had their opportunity to be heard and were shown to have nothing relevant to contribute to our Nation. As was appropriate, the whole event was fully ignored by the media as well as its own supporters, who were almost outnumbered by the number of ‘speakers’ at the event.
People showed irrational fears about communism and socialism 50 years ago, and some have yet to evolve their thinking. Fascinating how living in fear can lead to such irrationality.
The ad was signed:
THE AMERICAN FACT-FINDING COMMITTEE“An unaffillated and non-partisan group of citizens who wish truth”
I doubt that he would have recognized the truth if it had hit him in the face… But it’s a fun place to hide behind I guess the “truth” and claims of “facts”.
I would have hoped that in the last 50 years people would have educated themselves more properly but it is still fear and ignorance that drives a small but vocal minority to drive our nation away from the principles of our Founders.