November 22, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. After 50 years, there are probably more people today who believe that Oswald did not act alone, if at all, than at the time it happened.
I have my own libertarian thoughts on the event and what it means.
There are so many bizarre events that happened that day in Dallas and that have come to light since then, but it would take several books to cover them all. There are a lot of connections that would simply be too improbable to think they are all coincidences.
My belief is that it was an inside job. It was the establishment, although the establishment can often be hard to define. Specifically, I think the elements of the CIA coordinated the assassination and the set up of Oswald, assuming Oswald wasn't part of it. I also think that two future presidents likely played a role in the planning of the event.
The first and most obvious is Lyndon Johnson. He became president almost immediately after Kennedy was announced dead. He was from Texas, which makes Dallas a convenient place for the assassination to have occurred. Johnson was an enemy of Robert Kennedy, who was the attorney general at the time and supposedly investigating Johnson. JFK and Johnson were not pals either. Johnson was as corrupt and crooked as they come. He was certainly part of the establishment.
Another future president that likely played a role was George H. W. Bush (the first President Bush). He claimed he didn't remember where he was when JFK was assassinated. Yet Bush was flying back and forth to Dallas during this time. This alone makes him a major suspect.
In addition, Bush had ties to the CIA, even before this event took place. He was an insider and definitely part of the establishment. Russ Baker devoted a good portion of his book Family of Secrets to this topic.
I have always found it crazy that Allen Dulles was part of the team to investigate the assassination. Dulles was essentially fired from the CIA by Kennedy. In a list of the most likely suspects, Dulles should have been number 2 after Johnson. I am not saying they fired the shots, but they were calling the shots.
I like to use this example whenever anybody calls for some government investigation of itself. Are we going to have Hillary Clinton investigate the death of Vince Foster? Or let's have NSA members investigate on whether there is any illegal spying. It never ceases to amaze me how often I hear for people calling for government investigations to investigate itself. They never have to worry about the findings.
I believe the CIA and insiders took out Kennedy because he was not playing ball as he was supposed to. While Kennedy certainly had his shortcomings and he was certainly no libertarian, he may have actually had a rare streak of honesty in him that is not usually found in other politicians. He was trying to calm down the cold war with Russia. He did not want to go along with his advisors and escalate the situation in Vietnam. And, of course, Kennedy wanted to tear up the CIA.
A lot of this is covered in James Douglass' book called JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters. But really, the most important thing is the last part. Why does it matter? Many people today will say it is an interesting topic, but it really doesn't have any relevance to us today.
But that is not the case at all. It is very relevant to us. If Kennedy was assassinated by the CIA with a somewhat successful cover up all this time (at least to the point of nobody ever being convicted for anything), then it is very relevant. If Kennedy was taken out as an inside job because the insiders didn't like his policies, then it is very relevant. If Kennedy was trying to do what was right for the American people and was taken out for doing so, then it is very relevant.
On November 22, 1963, there was a coup d'etat in the United States of America. Kennedy was the president and he was taken down for his policies. If the establishment can get away with that, is there anything it can't get away with? And if this is true, how can we ever hope of getting a free country again? If anyone honest ever reaches the highest office again, we can just be assured that he or she will be taken down.
I think this is the most important point to stress to people. If the government insiders are controlling everything, then we have little hope for peace and freedom unless they are simply overwhelmed by a drastic turn in public opinion that reduces power and decentralizes power. If insiders will take out anyone who tries to do the right thing for the American people, then why would anyone trust these same people to run their medical care system and their children's education system? Why would anyone trust them to catch terrorists or to keep us safe?
In conclusion, the assassination of Kennedy 50 years later is very relevant to us today. People must be made aware that as long as they consent to being governed, they are not in control at all. And the system is set up to take down anyone who tries to change the corruption and abuse of power.