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JBS Responds to Dallas Morning News on JFK Article
APPLETON, WIS. — October 14, 2013 — In an audacious display, the October 13, 2013, Dallas Morning News published a left-wing hit-piece on The John Birch Society (JBS) regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The article is more concerned about the “volatile atmosphere” than with the actual shooter, his motive, and the president’s death.
The facts are clear: Lee Harvey Oswald, a self-proclaimed Marxist who had defected to the Soviet Union and returned, then unsuccessfully tried to move to Cuba, and had attempted to kill an out-spoken member of The John Birch Society in April 1963. His wife, Marina Oswald, testified that her husband believed this member to be a leader of a “fascist organization.”
Three weeks before the assassination of the president, writer and JBS member Taylor Caldwell had a letter to the editor published in The Wanderer, in which she noted the hatred against the president coming from the left and pointed out the increasing need for the personal protection for the president. This letter was also republished in the January 1964 issue of our American Opinion magazine.
Her letter stated: "The enemies of freedom and God are everywhere in every country of the West. It is possible that Mr. Kennedy is in personal jeopardy from them, a matter which is not being mentioned in the newspapers. Indeed, it is very probable. Presidents have been murdered before in our history, and in less dreadful times. Among our enemies there are many madmen. I receive quite a number of pro-Communist and "liberal" periodicals, and some are quite inflammatory against Mr. Kennedy. The tone of the 'liberal' periodicals--some of our big monthly magazines for instance--are wrathful against our President. It seems that they had expected him to overthrow the Constitution and set-up a sort of crypto-Communist dictatorship. (They call it 'progress.') He has disappointed them, and there is no canard too mean for them to print and no sneer too ugly for some of their pages. His parents, his wife, his children, his brothers and sisters, are held to ridicule in a lot of the 'liberal' and pro-Communist press. This may come as a surprise to many of my Conservative brothers and sisters."
On November 22, Oswald shoots and kills the president. Yet, the Dallas Morning News article would have you believe a “volatile atmosphere” generated by “right-wing extremism” contributed to the death of the president. Are we to think that the Marxist Oswald surrounded himself with conservatives who led him to commit murder?
This Dallas Morning News article is one of many in a trend the mainstream media has generated to use political correctness as a tool to discredit the discussion and the practice of limited government under the Constitution. For if the Constitution was obeyed, estimates show that the federal government would be about 20 percent its current size and cost. And for those politicians, lobbyists and crony capitalists who see the Constitution as a hurdle to be overcome or as an excuse to strengthen its grip on liberty, the idea and practice of constitutionally limiting the government is very dangerous and debilitating to their causes.
The Dallas Morning News is merely playing its part in the smear of conservatives concerned about the country’s future. It’s a trend that will likely continue as long as big government advocates are losing the war they began on American liberty. We urge concerned Americans to read the Constitution and seek the solutions it contains to many of America’s ills. Then get organized and active to restore the liberties that have been taken away from us by an out-of-control federal government.
Founded in 1958 and headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, The John Birch Society is dedicated to restoring and preserving freedom under the U.S. Constitution. Members come from all walks of life and are active throughout the 50 states on local, regional and national issues. United by a strong belief in personal freedom and limited government, members have a strong sense of duty, and their educational efforts have played a continuous and pivotal role in exposing legislation and policies that threaten the independence of our country and the freedom of American citizens. Visit JBS.org for more information.