John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Man We Will Never Forget
By Libertatem Orator
52 Years ago today, around 12:30pm, one of our greatest Presidents, was killed by an assassins bullet. Sure, there’s a hundred conspiracy theories out there on how, and why, it happened. What is not a theory, is a great man was taken from us. Not only our President, but he was a son, a brother, a husband, father, and uncle. Everyone lost on that fateful day.
Little known facts about JFK, that contributed to making him the great man we knew: First being elected to the House of Representatives in 1947, and serving in public office for the next 16 years, Mr. Kennedy never accepted a salary. He donated the salaries he was paid, including the $100K per year as President, to various charities. Another little known fact, is JFK failed his military physical exam, and used his father’s connections to be accepted, and serve in the Navy. Unfortunately, it turns a bit darker from here. As a devout Catholic, he was given last rites 4 times; 3 times before ever taking office. There were 4 other assassination attempts on his life before Dallas. He was, and still is, the only U.S. President awarded the Purple Heart. JFK was the only President to ever be outlived by his Grandmother. And, finally, eerily, the limo in which JFK was assassinated in, was cleaned, and used by other U.S. Presidents until 1977.
If John F. Kennedy was alive today, he would be 98 years old. Certainly not an impossible feat by today’s medical breakthroughs. We are led to believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was the one to kill the president. Maybe we’ll find out differently, maybe we won’t. To this writer, it doesn’t matter very much; a life was taken too soon. I can’t help but wonder how different history would have played out if JFK served out his term. Perhaps it’s just an opinion, but I think this world would have been a better place to live, if John F. Kennedy was allowed to live.