John F. Kennedy

Much will be written about John F. Kennedy, the Boston Democrat, the conservative-leaning President, who was shot on November 22, 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald, a defector to the Soviet Union, a former US Marine, who applied for and received his passport back from the United States, who left the Soviet Union with his wife, Marina, and who shot Kennedy from the Texas Book Depository. The killing was a blow to the peace of the United States, from which it seems never to have recovered.

The amazing thing is that large numbers of people have been so taken in by the prevailing leftist narrative that they are unaware that Oswald was a self-declared Communist, that he was a returned defector from the Soviet Union. The Democratic intelligentsia have successfully fastened blame on every aspect of the United States except Oswald: the Mafia, the CIA, Castro, the conservatism of Dallas, Lyndon Johnson: anybody but Oswald.

They have also managed to make John Kennedy into the progressive he never was, turned the firmly anti-Communist hawk who put troops into Viet Nam and blockaded Cuba, into a dove; the man who was quite skeptical of civil-rights legislation into the man who uplifted the American Negro, as they were then called.

World War 1 started with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo by a Serbian terrorist, Gavrilo Prinçip. Huge events can have small apparent causes. One of the strangest has been the posthumous transformation of Kennedy into a progressive icon.