JFK at 100: The War on Our Heroes Part 1

by Kit

For, in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”John F. Kennedy – Commencement Address at American University, June 10, 1963

If the bullets hadn’t flown, John Fitzgerald Kennedy might have been one hundred years old today. Granted, it’s not likely, put definitely possible. If the parade route hadn’t been changed, and the roof taken off the limousine, and the secret service ordered to stand down, the world would likely be a very different place. If the man had safely negotiated the last 54 years, and was still breathing today, what would he make of this mess?

A war on heroes

The American conscience died with Robert, Martin and John” Perry White, Batman vs. Superman

America, a country on the rise in 1963, is now an Empire in decline. Not just a decline in prestige and power, but a decline in intelligence and quality. Even the thin patina of pretend values has tarnished, as America’s ruling class now lack the imagination to even play-act morality. Even their dreams are limited by their own smallness of mind.
Where once we had educated men giving speeches about the nature of peace (see above), about aspiration for the future, or citing Aeschylus to balm a nation’s grief. We now have freeze-dried harpies hurling abuse across the floor of the UN, knuckle-dragging cowboys staggering over basic idioms, entitled lunatics demanding recognition for qualities they barely understand, let alone possess. Semi-literate presidential addresses, in 140 characters or fewer.
Nixon, for all his paranoia and corruption, at least understood the world he lived in whilst Hillary Clinton was, and is, dangerously out-of-touch with reality. Ronald Reagan was a senile fool, a glorified advertising mascot for mega-corporations, but Trump makes even him seem a polished and educated statesman.
Is this decline deliberate? The acting out of a policy, by unspoken powers, to limit public intelligence, education and discourse? Are we deprived of political heroes to engender apathy? Maybe.
Or maybe it’s a simple byproduct of a corrupt system that encourages stupidity and stamps out individual thought. Where the worst among us are artificially raised above the level of their ability, character and intelligence.
The decline is not just in the people or character of politicians, but understanding and conversation. Political debates are now little more than slanging matches. Morality broken down from a societal set of concrete values, to a relative abstract. Acts are right or wrong depending on who does them, and how, rather than the act itself. Wars of words are fought across the internet, by volunteer forces armed with little more than labels.
The very nature of truth is under threat. The scientific method as a pursuit of truth is abandoned, as science is converted into a quasi-religion. A broad set of consensus truths, the public understanding of which is limited and flawed, but adherence to which is mandatory. Enforced under penalty of banishment.
An empire is falling, and under the weight of a collapsing tyrant, words themselves crumble. College campuses ban speakers in the name of freedom. We are lectured by paid propagandists on the “tyranny” of Free Speech, the “unfairness” of direct democracy. Fascist. Sexist. Racist. Words deprived of meaning and impact by overuse, while true fascism – the unimpeded cooperation of business and state – goes unchecked in practically every corner of the Western world.
This can all be traced back to the systematic removal of our heroes. That war is still carried out in attacks against every man, woman, party or group that tries to speak up for high-mindedness, encourage societal cooperation, or place people higher in priority than profit.

Empires Eat Themselves

I love studying Ancient History and seeing how empires rise and fall, sowing the seeds of their own destruction. Martin Scorsese

In a sane world, a just world, psychopathic non-entities like Theresa May would never sniff high-office, and would be condemned to live out their days in middle-management positions at insurance companies. As severe and sadistic deputy head-teachers at private schools. Being traffic wardens. Venting their self-limiting malignity on any unfortunate people who happen into their tiny spheres of influence.
Sadly, this world is never sane and only rarely just.
I have written before about the temptation to view great power, and great evil, as a monolith. There is an assumption that direction and movement require cooperation, and that the corridors of power in Langley and the Pentagon hum with the activity of an ants’ nest. A million minds with one thought and one goal, working with unspoken bonds of purpose.
A less flattering, but more accurate, metaphor might be a swarm of rats in a sewer. Yes, they’re all headed in roughly the same direction, and yes they’re all making the same noises, but there’s no organization, no long-term thinking. Temporarily aligned self-interest is not the same as working together. Ruthless opportunism is not the same as a plan. To us it seems a collective, but to the rats it’s a race.
Psychopaths rise to the top of every power structure eventually. In a game with no rules, those with no morals will always have an edge. A man who will do anything to win has a decided advantage over a man with limitations. That is sadly true, and it’s been used to argue that psychopathy could be the next step in human evolution.
This glamorization of psychopathy is, ironically, a general symptom the degradation of society. We are encouraged to think of morality as “old-fashioned”, a vestigial remnant of the religion we’ve left behind and are likewise supposed to despise. That a free thinking man has no need for the false gods of good and evil.
But Psychopathy is more than a simple disregard for morality. Its lack of recognition of other people’s feelings carries with it a lack of understanding of their experience – meaning psychopaths expect to tell, and get away with, absurd lies. Their inherent narcissism makes them furious when people don’t believe their lies, but unable to learn from the experience. A pathological need to deceive translates into telling lies, when the truth might be more beneficial. They lack impulse control, cannot plan in the long-term and tend toward self-destructive behaviour (drinking, gambling, financial recklessness). They can be superficially charming, but give themselves away with inappropriate emotional reactions.
Think about that list. These are the kind of people in power positions. Barely-there souls driven by goals that aren’t even confinable to simple self-interest, pushed forward by a deranged internal drive toward chaos. Sociopaths and narcissists run the Western world, and have since the US deep-state took a rifle sight to the men that embodied the American conscience, if not before.
Put into this context, the decline of American Empire – both intellectually and morally – makes perfect sense.

Part 2 of this essay will be published on November 22nd

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Hugh O’Neill
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Hugh O’Neill

I read Part 2 before Part 1. I am greatly heartened by such intelligent, insightful and moral writing. Would that you had greater reach, because such writing is good medicine for the terminal illness that has infected the entire MSM. To quote JFK: “Too many people enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought”. In compassion for the misled sheep, it is not easy to see reality through the brown tsunami of MSM propaganda mind control. Once one understands that the Deep State killed JFK, MLK and RFK, then you understand that 9/11 was patently an inside job.… Read more »

Coreen Gato
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Part 2?

binra
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Pts 2 could be an investigation of the documented history of JFK’s acts and policies rather that the symbolic narrative that has been made of his killing. The use of history for heroes and demons is part of the problem. When a symbolic ‘truth’ is ‘too big to fail’, it operates the same egoic pattern of defending a false investment at expense of (and sacrifice of) the true. Is history only a story of competing polarised narratives? In ‘Lies my teacher told me’ there are a few references to JFK (and many other ‘heroes’ or ‘villains’) that show conflicting facets… Read more »

binra
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‘Psychopath’ is a dangerous thing. Watch how it simply comes to mean vermin unworthy of life or rights and see then where the psychopathy operates through. Hate evokes hate – until you unsubscribe. Does unhealed hatred RUN the world we wish we controlled? In self justified rage or self righteous vengeance? I watched/listened to some John Judge recently who had interesting perspectives on JFK and other political assassinations – so I felt to give it a heads up here. I feel that the feedback keeps feeding back – and that crisis of unresolved issues grows in the dark to break… Read more »

David Simpson
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“I feel that the feedback keeps feeding back.”
yes it does. so stop feeding back. you have it right, but less noise means more light, I think.

binra
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Well if you have nothing to say – you’ve proved your point

Greg Bacon
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The real sad thing about the US 2016 election is that out of a nation of 320 million people, only Trump and Hillary made it to the general election?
Either we have dumbed down to the point that most Americans shouldn’t be allowed to handle sharp objects or their is a malignant force in control of the USA that needs sadistic buffoons like Trump and Hillary to create distractions while they rob, terrorize, murder, pillage and plunder to their black hearts delight.

binra
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Oh I don’t know – disillusion reveals a variety of faces over business as usual. But you didn’t have to be aware of the underside then – but now you are. Is it not really a selection – regardless that at lower levels things can be played out as conflicts? Put on the appropriate mask to operate the next version of the same old scam? Who is free of mask – let them judge! But actually freedom from mask uncovers the reality that must reside in everyone – regardless their presentation and identity in it – because I know I’m… Read more »

Gregory Barrett
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Gregory Barrett

SUPERB, eloquent, powerful

BigB
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BigB

Thanks Kit, the best study on I’ve read on corporate psychopathy I’ve read is “Snake in Suits” (ISBN-13: 978-0060837723) See you back here tomorrow.

Schlüter
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See also:
„Assassination of JFK: Half a Century of Lies“, http://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/assassination-of-jfk-half-a-century-of-lies/
&
„Deep State USA: Dulles, Dallas and Devilish Games“: https://wipokuli.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/deep-state-usa-dulles-dallas-and-devilish-games/
Regards

rosshendry
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Thank you. Interesting article which pretty well sums up the god-awful mess we’re in. I look forward to Part 2. Like many false flag events since, the JFK assassination bears the hallmarks of extremely arrogant and cunning perpetrators. There were easier ways to assassinate the President, away from the public gaze, but the PTB wanted to make it into an open-air, international TV spectacle so that the message was received and understood: “the President is just a puppet – we are in charge”. Plus the whole official narrative is so shot through (literally at some points) with inconsistencies and impossibilities… Read more »

TrinKats Jewellery
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I would argue that the rise of the psychopaths has been aided and abetted by the cult of personality as they are masters of the con and can charm the pants off anyone and everyone they have set their sights on. With an increasingly self obsessed and narcissistic population they are ripe for the picking and buy into the cult willingly.

Arrby
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Yep. And JFK is the American Empire’s finest ad. Drop dead sexy, loved by men (except for those secret service men close to him who despised him, for good reasons) and women. (Many found JFK to be awful, but mainstream media and establishment historians just don’t dwell on their opinions. There’s a few exceptions, notably Seymour Hersh’s “Dark Side Of Camelot.”) Corrupt politicians are the norm, but saint Kennedy (Seymour Hersh’s mocking term) was the exception, proving that while the system fails, often, it ‘can’ work.
Not.
http://bit.ly/1mTMIF2

Arrby
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My online compendium (above link) dealing with terrorist JFK is an open ended project. It’s relatively new, for which reason I initially thought I’d sort of make my case and then leave it. Who knows. Maybe I will still do that at some point, but right now it’s open ended because I’ve got lots more history to read. I have other large projects I’m involved with right now that I also keep getting distracted from. But I recently acquired more books and more knowledge and it was time for me to add to my compendium, which I also tweak as… Read more »

David Simpson
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“They lack impulse control, cannot plan in the long-term and tend toward self-destructive behaviour (drinking, gambling, financial recklessness). They can be superficially charming, but give themselves away with inappropriate emotional reactions.”
The trouble is, this reads as a not entirely inaccurate pen-picture of JFK (and even more so of his father Joe). JFK certainly had more class and style than most of his successors, and he was genuinely funny. But so also is Obama, and I don’t think you’re all that fond of him! Plus ca change.
Looking forward to Part 2.

Richard Foland
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Richard Foland

Obama is no JFK.

Arrby
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I disagree. He’s a carbon copy of JFK. Read your history.

rosshendry
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Not at all. Better than reading history written by revisionists try actually speaking to those who were alive at the time (you’d better hurry up). That way you can be sure you’re not falling for the need to excuse the coup d’etat by somehow making JFK into a drug-addicted, women-crazy piece of worthless shit. In other words be sure to understand that he deserved to die anyway. No great loss, huh?

Arrby
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We’ve come to this. The guy who urges people to read history and pay attention to facts is dismissed. Kit, Do you want to encourage this?

rosshendry
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This is amusing. So the commenter who preciously describes himself as “the guy who urges people to read history and pay attention to facts is dismissed” appeals to “Kit”. Do I detect that you feel you are in some sort of weird, cosy hierarchy here? If indeed that’s the case then it’s all a bit infra dig as far as I’m concerned, and I’m glad to have found out. Of course you could easily have read my comment intelligently as being from someone who was actually alive at the time and can see the revisionism that has gone on since.… Read more »

Joe
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Joe

Obama would never have put himself in any danger of being offed by the CIA.
JFK must have had the guts to piss off some dangerous people, whatever his other shortcomings might have been.