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Opinions on JFK shooting: Do you think it was a lone shooting?

Yes. After watching probably tens of documentaries and conspiracy videos and reading tons of conspiracy books as well, I’ve come to the Occam’s Razer conclusion that the simplest explanation is probably the most likely explanation. And why wouldn’t it be? President Garfield and President McKinley were assassinated by lone nuts. Why is it so hard to believe that JFK was killed by a single man? Yes President Lincoln was assassinated as the result of a conspiracy but in that case there was overwhelming evidence to believe so.

In JFK’s case, there are simply too many confounding theories with no theory that is unanimously agreed on. The CIA did it. The FBI did it. The Mafia did it. The Cubans or Soviets did it. LBJ did it. The Dallas Police department/Secret Service/Bethesda hospital were in on it. It was some clone / mind controlled version of Oswald. Some guys on the grassy knoll. Some nefarious combination of those mentioned did it. I’ve even heard the theory that the limo driver did it. All sorts of crazy stuff. All these conspiracy books got something to sell to you to make their money.

And then there’s the other thing. So called a bunch of assassination related witnesses died in short following years after the JFK assassination John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories – Wikipedia but the problem with this assertion is that literally hundreds of people with even the slightest connection to the assassination was included, and especially back then, people die from random stuff all the time. A lot of the modern safety mechanisms today like seatbelts, airbags, appliance saftey, vaccines for certain diseases etc that we have today back in the 60s wasn’t that common.

The so called 3 shots in 8 seconds thing from that distance with a tree in the way with a Lee-enfield has been re-enacted many times by modern Marines and is on Youtube. Oswald wasn’t some super sniper or something. There’s also lots of computer CG re-enactments of the ballistics as well that show exactly how and why JFK’s head can move backwards from a shot from the back (contrary to popular physics belief that the head can only move backward from a front shot)

The Warren commission did a terrible job of convincing people of this. There were many holes and inconsistencies (the magic bullet theory especially) with the report, and it failed to gain the public’s trust. That’s the real problem. Oswald was indeed the lone shooter, but because of the inconsistent way the Report was put together, many people had suspicions. This would have happened if you took some big event like 9/11 or the moon landing (I don’t believe in those conspiracies either FYI) but chances are if you had a group of government officials write a confusing inconsistent explanation of how 9/11 was done and the moon landing you would definitely get a lot of doubters. (And we do btw, the 9/11 conspiracies are especially popular).

In the end, I think it’s just hard to believe for a lot of people. It’s hard for them to believe that such a powerful man like JFK could be killed like that in broad daylight. There must be some military-industrial-complex machinations going on right? But unfortunately powerful men do die to nutcases. Heck, it happened to RFK and MLK Jr just 5 years later. Lone nutcases. John Lennon. Lone nutcase. Reagan had the good fortune of surviving his encounter else we would have to deal with those John Hinckley conspiracy theories as well. Heck even FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, and Andrew Jackson all had assassination attempts and survived. All lone nutcases there too.

The Secret Service was incompetent that day. Government officials should not have distributed Kennedy’s motorcade path beforehand like that. Kennedy, who was a giant risk taker, chose not to use the bubble top on his convertible that day, and also ignored warnings not to go to Dallas from Adlai Stevenson. What happened after the assassination was really confusing. Contradictory eyewitness accounts. Inconsistencies from Parkland/Bethesda hospital doctors. A really inconsistent and hole-filled report by the Warren Commission. ‘Doctored’ Zapruder film footage.

And yet I have to believe that its not that this is all because of some massive cover up, but rather just because a bunch of people were just incompetent in handling the aftermath of the assassination. Oswald was the lone assassin. That’s the most believable theory because its one that has the most believers despite all these hundreds of conspiracy theories. The government just handled the assassination and aftermath in a really terrible and inconsistent way that ended up confusing the public, and honestly what do you really expect from the US Government? How did they handle the Vietnam War? The Iraq War? The 9/11 Commission? Is it so hard to believe that the US government is just bad at explaining stuff to the public? Of course not! The US government has always been terrible at it! That’s unfortunately the main impetus for all these conspiracy theories to exist, is simply the fact that on 11/22/1963 the US government f*cked up at protecting its leader, and then failed to explain it properly to its residents, that’s all. Don’t let that distract you from the fact that Oswald was the lone gunman.

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What is the best inaugural speech made by a US President?

JFK for me. So many iconic lines

“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans”

“Ask not what you country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

“And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.”

“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”

“Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.”

“and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.”

“I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.”

Say what you will about JFK; he had amazing speeches

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What would happen if the bullet missed John F. Kennedy?

One of the biggest what ifs of American history, no doubt. Here’s my take:

-Kennedy wins re-election in 1964. This is almost inevitable as JFK had the highest average approval rating in Gallup history at 70% at the time of his death. He was still widely popular and definitely would have beaten Goldwater.

-Kennedy would not have invaded Vietnam to the same extent that LBJ did. His quote from NBC Sept 1963 reads: ‘its their war, they will win it or lose it’. He sent a few thousand advisors in but I don’t think he would have done a full scale conscription like LBJ and the Tet Offensive etc would not have happened

-Civil Rights legislation does not pass. LBJ is widely considered to be one of the greatest legislators ever and JFK did not have that talent. As a result, we can say that the South stays on the Democrats side for at least another decade. The riots of 1968 however, might have been even more consequential and MLK Jr would have been even more revered. Nixon would probably still win election against Humphrey.

-JFK lives to see his moon shot get fulfilled. Such a shame he never saw that.

-Medicare/Medicaid legislation I believe would have gotten passed as it was not as controversial as the Civil Rights bill. The same thing with the Immigration Act. The Great Society plans of LBJ half of it would still get passed I think, but with much more debate.

-RFK would still be alive. He would have probably not run until the 1970s.

tldr; or to take a quote of JFK “in the final analysis”, I think JFK surviving would have been better concerning Vietnam, but worse considering the Civil Rights issue.