Thursday, November 21, 2013

50 Years After JFK

                Tomorrow it will have been 50 years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Now for some people it was the end of what was to be a golden age. An age that saw progression and advancement in how we lived and treated each other. When JFK died, it became a terrible beginning of fear and conspiracy of foreign enemies and distrust among our fellow men. The fall of the JFK is a dark moment in our history and worse left a lot of unanswered questions asked by many of Americans that truly believe there’s more to the story than what was told by the government. My purpose of this entry is not to express my belief but to express the importance of the event.
                When JFK was president, there were a lot of issues around his presidency such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, and the fight for Civil Rights. We had Russia fighting with the U.S. to decide which country was the one true super power. Young men were being drafted and instead of going to college, they were being thrown into a war. Old generations were fighting to keep old ideas while a new generation was risking everything for a dream. People were living in fear every day because of a clock they were afraid was going to strike midnight.
                Fear was everywhere and nobody knew what was going to happen every day they woke up. In the end of the day, JFK was the one responsible for keeping everyone spirits high and trying to make things right. JFK had his failures such as The Bay of Pigs and there was controversy over being involved in Vietnam but JFK did have his successes. His negotiations and tactics during the Missile Crisis ensured the safety of the U.S. and for the first time hope came to the U.S. The last thing anyone wanted was a nuclear war that would consume the planet and for a brief time, that nightmare faded until that infamous day in Dallas.
                JFK’s death only sparked a new fear in people especially when it was found that it was by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, who was believed to be a communist. Years later a conspiracy would come forth to suggest otherwise such as the mafia or even the government had him killed. The conspiracy theory only got worse when JFK’s brother, Robert Kennedy was shot and killed while running for office. What the truth is about JFK’s assassination is, I don’t know and I feel we will never know. The truth will always be unknown because there are so many ideas out there about his assassination even if the real truth was exposed, many wouldn’t believe it.
                Here is what we all can believe about John F. Kennedy. He is the youngest president this country had and also died the youngest. He wanted to bring this nation to a new age where all this fear was replaced by an idea of acceptance. “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” That we must accept the fact that there are things going on that are above our own desires. That we must sacrifice what we want to do for what we need to do for the greater good.
                That was the idea that was supposed to spread like wildfire but because someone believed different, JFK died before he could even run for re-election. That’s why we remember the assassination of JFK. Whether it was the actions of just one man or the actions of a certain group, one thing remains the same, JFK was killed because of his ideas. People die but ideas don’t have a life line, they can live as long as there is one person that remembers them. That’s the importance of remembering the day we lost JFK.  

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