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Fifty years ago today in Dallas, history was literally changed by a hail of bullets. It was before my time, but my parents were teenagers at the time and they recalled it vividly – JFK’s assassination caused grief in Canada too.

It might be said that the JFK assassination started the long decline in American politics – the escalation of Vietnam and the subsequent divisions over that, then Watergate. American politics hasn’t been particularly the same since JFK. We all know by now that JFK certainly wasn’t perfect, but one wonders what would have happened if he had remained alive – what would have occurred in his 2nd term?

The other continuing fascination with JFK is whether Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman, or whether there was a conspiracy to kill him and the event was covered up. That, I suspect, will stay with us forever, unless some future information is uncovered, willingly or not.


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