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Five Fiendish Ways the Kennedy Assassination Warped Our World

Almost fifty years have passed since President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated by persons unknown on the streets of Dallas, Texas. To the vast majority of people, this event probably seems like something that happened so long ago that it really has no relevance to events that are occurring today.

But whether we realize it or not, the society we live in now has been shaped and determined to a very large extent by the choices, actions, and decisions of those who came before us. While we may pay an occasional homage to the founding fathers, to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in war, or to the inventors who made important breakthroughs that led to the technologies that now dominate our lives, for the most part we have a very limited awareness of how historically significant events can continue to send transformative waves rippling forward across the oceans of time long after those events actually occurred.

With this concept in mind, here are five ways in which American society and culture have been shaped and changed by the Kennedy assassination.

LBJ Unleashed

Lyndon Baines Johnson, then the Vice President of the U.S., only became president because President Kennedy was killed. This represented quite a turnaround for the Texas politician, considering that President Kennedy most likely would have dumped LBJ from the ticket if he had been nominated for re-election in 1964.

Johnson’s profligate Great Society spending strategies, which took the New Deal and accelerated it into hyper-drive, helped to dramatically alter the government’s role in the social and economic lives of its citizens. It was during the Johnson administration that the federal government we all know and love truly came into being, and the enduring image we have of bloated bureaucracies ineptly trying to solve every social problem under the sun by throwing money at it can be traced directly to the LBJ era. Johnson’s presidency helped expand government dramatically, but it also helped to discredit the idea that government was capable of accomplishing good things. And which of these two results is worse is perhaps a matter to be decided by each individual based on his or her own personal ideology.


Mainstream historians and media types have perpetuated the myth that LBJ’s policies in Vietnam were in complete harmony with JFK’s own intentions. However, in October of 1963, Kennedy issued National Security Action Memorandum (NSAM) 263, which detailed his plan to withdraw U.S. advisers from Vietnam while gradually scaling back our involvement in Southeast Asia. Kennedy had told people privately that he wanted to be out of Vietnam completely by the end of 1965, and NSAM 263 was a carefully worded declaration that revealed his ultimate plan. But within four days of the assassination, Lyndon Johnson had already signed and submitted NSAM 273, which reversed course and basically pledged to stand by the government in South Vietnam come hell or high water. Mainstream analysts have made much of the fact that NSAM 273 was actually drafted by a low-level national security adviser the day before Kennedy was killed, but there is no reason to believe JFK ever knew anything about this document, which completely negated the approach Kennedy had recommended in NSAM 263 just a few weeks earlier.

However things might have played out under Kennedy, we know exactly how they played out under Johnson – 50,000 Americans lost their lives in a futile war that left scars on the collective psyche of this country that may never completely heal.

The Federal Reserve Survives

President Kennedy was not willing to concede total hegemony over the U.S. financial system to the Federal Reserve System. In June of 1963, he signed Executive Order 11110, which authorized the U.S. Treasury to issue certificates backed by silver as an alternative form of money to Federal Reserve notes. This policy injected more than $4 billion into the economy in the few short months before JFK was killed, and if this program had continued, a viable alternative to the Fed could have been created.

But when President Kennedy was killed, LBJ suspended this program immediately, and the Federal Reserve’s control over the U.S. economy has never once been challenged since. As a result, we now have a debt-ridden, under-performing economy where unsustainable bubbles profitable only to the private banking industry have been substituted for real economic growth.

The CIA and Our Culture of Secrecy

Despite President Kennedy’s statement after the Bay of Pigs fiasco that he planned to “splinter the CIA into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the wind,” it appears that what he really wanted was to reform this agency and bring it back under control. There is no question that Kennedy’s death allowed the CIA – which is really just a front organization for big business and the military-industrial complex – to continue its usual shenanigans and preserve its culture of secrecy. And it is this latter characteristic of the intelligence agencies and the national security state in general that have allowed U.S. foreign policy to remain hopelessly corrupted.

Much damage has been done to the reputation of this country because of the actions of intelligence agencies and other military-industrial actors working in secrecy, and the culture that allows these things to go on (and they are still going on today) is not consistent with the kind of transparency, openness, and accountability that a democracy needs to survive.

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Mainstream Nonsense and the Mainstream Media

When President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963, the media in this country was faced with a choice – they could either do their jobs and actually investigate this story fairly and honestly to uncover the truth about what had really happened, or they could take the easy way out, look the other way, and help uphold the government’s version of what happened on that tragic and terrible day. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the Fourth Estate took the path of least resistance, and the idea of an independent media that would fearlessly search for the truth no matter where it led died a painful and difficult death.

No one who actually works in the mainstream media will admit they are now functioning as little more than a public relations arm for government, industry, and the national security state. But there is no doubt that the modern media has become the most important guardian and enforcer of status quo thinking on the entire American scene. It is certainly no coincidence that the biggest insult a member of the mainstream media can hurl at anyone today is to dismiss them as a “conspiracy theorist”. Basically, this represents a subliminal recognition on the part of media members that the Kennedy assassination – which is the first thing anyone thinks of when they hear the term “conspiracy theorist” – really was a bifurcation point in their industry, and because their journalistic predecessors chose the path they did, members of the media who want to be considered “respectable” today must continue to go along with the program.

The result of this institutionalized mixture of timidity and perfidy on the part of the mainstream media is that the American people are never really told the truth about anything any more, and if we want to find out what is actually going on we have to go and find out for ourselves.

What If?

Whether most people know it or not, America in 2012 is a far different place than it might have been if President Kennedy had lived and had been able to successfully carry out his agenda. And even if he had been killed, but a real investigation into the assassination had been performed and the truth about who was responsible for this coup d’etat revealed, the resulting fallout would also have changed our country in deep and profound ways.

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  1. Imagine how the financial meltdown we’re seeing now might have been averted had a “viable alternative to the Fed” continued. I’ve heard it suggested that Kennedy’s signing of EO 11110 was part of what lead to his being killed. The Fed is an evil entity and those who feed off it’s mechanisms had billions at stake, not to mention the power they wielded (and still do).


  2. “To the vast majority of people, this event probably seems like something that happened so long ago that it really has no relevance to events that are occurring today.”

    You must be very young to say that. If there truly is a vast majority who have no awareness that JFK’s assassination powerfully affected our nation and the world, it’s because they don’t know much (or anything) about it to begin with, not because it was almost 50 years ago.

    Kennedy issued an executive order that would have ended fiat currency, and said he was going to reveal a massive conspiracy against every man woman and child. Six days later, he was killed.

    One could say that it is related to rule by foreign powers, inasmuch as one could consider the extremely wealthy to be a foreign power. They meet the definition by not being of the people they rule and having no concern for them whatsoever, except that they stay scared and complacent, or at least acquiescent.

    • you are correct the federal reserve bank is not an american bank it is a bank made up of elite bankers rolled into one bank that is why kennedy was bringing back the american currency that was did away with by pres wilson thats why they killed him america is not run by americans remeber what the russian told kennedy you destory yourselfs with out us ever firing a shot well its happen

  3. I was in third grade when the 35th President was assassinated in November 1963 and our world has never been the same. That was a terrible time for this nation and the American people and To say that this happened a long time ago, gives cover to those who really did the killing and then it gave them the boldness to drag this country through the night and mud, and allowed our freedoms to vanish. If they were able to kill our young President and we did nothing to get to the bottom of this nightmare,then indeed they have won. Nothing in the world just happens without a push or a nod from someone. Then came the Vietnam War,Watergate,Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King were assassinated .Nixon took us off the gold standard and he got us deeper into the War and every police action that took place after Nam.this all took took place without a declaration of War being issued. We’re told the following story that one loan gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald,(FYI he just happened to be a marine who was a radar operator for the U-2 fights out of Turkey) gets himself into Russia at the time of the cold war,marries a high ranking KGB officers daughter, an eventually return to America,did all of this without any help. There to many ‘if’s” for this course of action to have been the result of a loan gunman. To this day many still believe that Oswald had help in killing Kennedy. The Warren Commission issued there finding’s without reviewing or getting “All the facts”. The killers of President John F. Kennedy slipped away and many believe that this became part of the largest conspiracy in our life time and for that one reason,many of my generation who fought and died in the jungles of Vietnam, still love their country, but they still do not trust politicians .Many still disregard our constitution and walk on Old glory”. This nation, to this day continues to be part of the “Walking wounded” and perhaps time alone will allow us to know what really happening on 11-22-1963. President Kennedy one said “Ask not what your country can do for you,but ask what you can do for your country”. To his presidency and the lives of 54,00 Americans who have died in Vietnam,”What are we fighting for” rings loudly this day as it did in the 60’s. God Bless America and thanks everyone for his or her service to our great nation. SP

    • I was 2 yrs old when President Kennedy was assassinated. I truly never learned the significance of this Great President until a few years ago.
      It was never taught in my school; when someone asked about it, we were told “that’s all just hearsay.”

      Knowing what I know now about LBJ, I believe he was the beginning of the many who have built, and continue to build, the way for the antichrist to take over this country. Even though, what is happening now is as terrible as it is, this is going to get many, many, many, times worse.

      I believe that what many saw in WWII because of Hitler, will pale in comparison to when things REALLY hit the fan.

      I can only hope & pray that my grandchildren are dead & buried before that day comes.

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