JFK- HOW HIS ASSASSINATION
O'Reilly Also Tied Annette's Passing to Kennedy's ' End of Innocense' Era of Higher Family Values, Respectfulness
LOOKING BACK to Annette Funicello's passing earlier in the year, Bill O'Reilly pointed out some
startling facts that may help explain why, despite an improved economy and racial situation today the society has taken a downward spiral in terms of interpersonal relations including values and family upbringing. O'Reilly reports that only 5% of children were born out of wedlock in 1959 as compared to 41% in 2010. Also in the 1950s drug use was rare, though alcoholism was about the same, O'Reilly continues. Lastly, regarding the 'loss of innocence' we have just looked back at with the 50th year of passage of President Kennedy, he points out that premarital sex and explicit behavior, to whatever point it existed, was kept under wraps as compared to today; O'Reilly was inferring that such behavior was much less in the 1950s in part because it wasn't fostered by the media. He would also add, later, that disability is much higher today, which led O'Reilly to question whether people are even working today. While O'Reilly wouldn't come right out and say the U.S,. was a better country in the 1950s you get the feeling he really does believe that as do many who well remember then and now. What do you think of now vs. then, assuming you lived then?
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'There will be great presidents again,' she said, 'but there will never be another Camelot...it will never be that way again.' - First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy
JFK - How His Assassination Changed America - John F Kennedy Pictures, Marilyn Monroe
Time magazine’s cover story is titled “The Moment That Changed America,” and it features some newly discovered color pictures of the Kennedys riding through Dallas before the fatal shots rang out. Reporter David Von Drehle writes the piece, calling the tragedy on Nov. 22, 1963 “shocking beyond almost anything else in American history.” I would say that the moment's resulting aftermath was even worse - how it dramatically changed, or contributed heavily, to the largely rudderless, schizophrenic society that followed in it's wake. KENNEDY 50th Year Anniversary
November 22 Marks the Fiftieth Year since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. We've already seen perhaps a half dozen new TV movies, videos / documentaries - and we've already seen a number of books come out such as Bill O'reilly's best selling 'Killing Kennedy' , made into a TV movie, currently being shown on Natonal Geographic channel. Considering the significance of the life-altering even, we might have even expected more media - and more reaction to it.
I remember as a 10-year-old kid in 1962 my mother taking me to see President Kennedy at University of California, Berkeley, for the charter day address. I didn't really appreciate at the time what the President was talking about or the magnitude of his presence there. All I knew is that there were a lot of people (88,000 presidential admirers to be exact) packing the UC Stadium , taking time off on a week day to be there for the President of United States. Can you imagine 88,000 people showing up today for our current president or any other modern president since Kennedy, for that matter?
It was rather eerie but interesting - thanks TO modern technology - to be able to listen to this Kennedy Charter Day Address 50 years later, from March 23, 1962 , and really understand it for the first time. Here's to you Mom, for bringing me to this historic date.
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I think having seen President Kennedy made it even worse and harder for this boy to fathom when we lost President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Presidents weren't supposed to die. Yes, I remember not being able to finish my school lunch of macaroni and cheese when the news came down . It was a major blow that would have a significant impact on the rest of my life. Yes, my life -- perhaps all of our lives- changed on that day. I could literally feel and see things change around me after Kennedy. Some have called it the 'end of innocence.' I guess you could say that. The optimistic, happier times seemed to become darker as society took on an angry, contentious and sometimes violent tone, which has hardly let up ever since.
One cannot say for sure whether this angrier tone in society that followed would have existed had Kennedy lived. But, President Kennedy brought with him an optimism carried over from the postwar era that we haven't seen since. They say the music died in 1959 with the plane crash involving talented, young Buddy Holly, one of the first and one of the best who wrote and sang very melodic rock and roll music. One might say that everything else went down on November 22, 1963 when Kennedy died. Since then, despite major efforts, legislation and billions of dollars to try to correct social iniquities and other problems in society, things have only gotten worse. Time does not always heal and, sadly, we have not healed since the death of Kennedy.
Kennedy was much less a militaristic man than President Johnson, who would increase Kennedy's 16,000 troups in Viet Nam to 516,000, which would result in nearly 50,000 U.S. deaths. Kennedy was an 'internationalist' and man of history, who had already noted historical precedents and only begrudgingly involved those 16,000 troops at the advice of his military men.
We wouldn't have seen the scale of anti-war protests and domestic strife of the mid-60s and beyond.. If there were race riots, at all, they wouldn't have been nearly as extreme. As Jeff Greenfield says in 'If Kennedy Lived', there probably would have been the more positive occasions like Woodstock but there wouldn't have been the violent ones like Altamont . The violent death of Kennedy fueled protestors and , combined with Johnson's Viet Nam and already simmering social feelings,, things got out of hand. Someone with the termperament of Kennedy would have done much better quelling problems or preventing them from happening.It would have been a much more civil society if Kennedy lived.
One can note the changes in society reflected in our media, music, movies , etc., which have taken on a significantly edgier tone since Kennedy. The crime rate has more than doubled. Today we are a less educated and more violent society then when Kennedy lived. One would think that 50 years time would be time enough to correct most of those underlying social problems in society that were simmering when Kennedy lived , yet things have only gotten worse rather than better with no foreseeable hope on the horizon. Throw all the taxpayer money you want at problems today - it's not going to bring us back to the hopeful and optimistic days they called 'Camelot' of the early 60s when people left their doors open for their neighbors, children played in the street and life was much simpler and happier.
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Despite what many considered a handicap in being Catholic, Kennedy was still able to unite religions and races, unlike any leader since his time. Can simply having the right president in office right all society's wrongs? Of course not, but it can go a long way. Without opening up Fort Knox, Kennedy remained a friend to all races, colors and creeds. Even without his major social legislation still in the works, Kennedy was able to instill in the masses a sense of hope and success. During his presidency unemployment was lower than it is today and without the 'benefit' of millions of dollars in aid. Outside of the South, ask minorities who lived during the Kennedy era how they felt race relations were then as compared to now and They'll tell you that things were better then.
WILDWOOD DAYS, sung by Bobby Rydell , is said to have been 'the song' that ushered out the Kennedy Era. (Dr Demento and others ) Rydell's Cameo Parkway label spawned and capitalized on the dance craze of Kennedy era America It was a big hit at the time with upbeat lyrics and music reflecting the feel-good Kennedy Years. Celebrating the fabled amusement park in New Jersey, as WILDWOOD DAYS began fading from the music charts,so came the disintegration of Camelot - the JFK era of hope and optimism.
President Kennedy was a warm, highly intelligent man and of good humor. He was one who did make a real difference. Yes, one man can direct a nation and Kennedy did that better than anyone since. Politics didn't matter- what a change from today-when both democrats as well as republicans respected Kennedy. The likes of a man of the stature of Kennedy have been sorely missed ever since we lost him on that fateful day , November, 22, 1963. I remember it well. One man's memories and thoughts.