Episode 389 – Debunking the JFK Silver Certificate Myth

“The legend materialized spontaneously. It was inevitable, given the events of that terrible November day in Dallas. But beyond that, Kennedy was the stuff of which myths are made: young, handsome, heroic, with a style, grace, and vitality that most applauded and many envied. If personal specifications had been designed for the ideal postwar President, Kennedy would have fitted them. The circumstances and the man were right for myth-making, and with them came the myth-makers…

“There was no way to immunize against ideas; they could travel anywhere. Khrushchev asked if Kennedy meant that communism could exist only in those countries already communist and that if communism developed elsewhere the United States and the Soviet Union would be in conflict. If that was so, there was no way to avoid conflict.

“The conclusion is simple. Even if Khrushchev was sanctimonious in his devotion to the principle of revolution – the Soviet Union hardly welcomed it, or even evolution in its mildest forms, within its East European empire – his analysis was essentially correct: in the postwar years revolutions have been largely indigenous in character. Kennedy, on the other hand, was preaching the merits of the status quo, however much he may have denied it. He said he recognized the need for change but in fact, like Truman and Eisenhower, he recognized the validity of only the kind of change acceptable to the United States. Real change, messy, chaotic change, change almost inevitably involving communism or communists, was not acceptable. Kennedy, the first President born in this century, the modern President, was a counterrevolutionary… The cool, prudent Kennedy, who so often warned Khrushchev of the dangers of miscalculation, was himself guilty of two enormous miscalculations, miscalculations that were entirely representative of the American ethos at the time: the conviction that the United States had the right to change the natural course of events within other sovereign countries; and the belief that it had the power to do so.” – pages 165 & 166 of “Cold War & Counterrevolution” by Richard J. Walton

JFK (a sex symbol) is an enduring ad selling the American empire, and by extension, the global capitalist system designed by the US post WWII. And who buys it? Not lovers of peace and democracy.

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