RFK Jr: You know, my uncle was also shot amid a climate of right-wing hate

posted at 6:03 pm on January 12, 2011 by Allahpundit

Be sure to read the last post about Palin before you read Junior’s reminiscences or else you might not appreciate what a quintessential example this is of the left’s magical thinking about culpability. You want voodoo, you got it:

Uncle Jack’s speech in Dallas was to have been an explosive broadside against the right wing. He found Dallas’ streets packed five deep with Kennedy Democrats, but among them were the familiar ornaments of presidential hatred; high-flying confederate flags and hundreds of posters adorning the walls and streets of Dallas showing Jack’s picture inscribed with “Wanted for Treason.” One man held a posterboard saying, “you a traitor [sic].” Other placards accused him of being a communist. When public school P.A. systems announced Jack’s assassination, Dallas school children as young as the fourth grade applauded. A Birmingham radio caller declared that “any white man who did what he did for niggers should be shot.” As my siblings and I visited the White House to console my cousins John and Caroline, a picket paraded out front with a sign, “God punished JFK.”

Jack had received myriad warnings against visiting the right-wing Texas city. Indeed, there had been a sense of foreboding even within our family as he and Aunt Jackie prepared for the trip. Jack made an unscheduled trip to Cape Cod to say goodbye to my ailing grandfather. The night before the trip, Mummy found Jack distant and brooding at a dinner for the Supreme Court Justices. He was very fond of Mummy, but for the first time ever, he looked right through her…

Gabrielle Giffords lies in a hospital room fighting for her life, and a precious nine-year-old girl is dead along with five others. Let’s pray for them and for our country and hope this tragedy prompts another round of examination of conscience.

Nowhere in the post is Oswald mentioned, or his communist sympathies, or the fact that he had tried to kill an ultra-conservative general seven months before he shot JFK. Which, sadly, is not uncommon when an especially unscrupulous left-wing hack writes about Kennedy’s assassination. The “reasoning” here, I guess, is that because conservatives in Dallas hated Kennedy, the otherwise peaceful Oswald — an ideologue so devoted that he actually defected to the Soviet Union in the last 1950s — saw his mind turn from civil political opposition to Kennedy to murderous rage. The “climate” of anger affected him … even though his own political grievances were nothing like the Birchers’. That’s as coherent as I can make this argument, and in any case, I don’t think Junior’s concerned about coherence. He’s practicing voodoo here: Right-wing city –> ??? –> JFK assassinated. Fill in the blank yourself.

Tangentially, I was e-mailing with a friend yesterday about some of the coverage of the Giffords shooting, especially on political sites like Politico, and wondered what would happen if the left suddenly decided to advance the theory that Oswald shot Kennedy because Glenn Beck had traveled back in time and convinced him to do it. The political sites seem to take the view that as long as one side of the “debate” is making an argument, well, then that argument is a political fact of life and should be covered accordingly — even if there’s no evidence whatsoever for it. I might have missed it, but a quick skim through Politico’s stories on the shootings (of which there are now more than 100) reveals not a single piece devoted exclusively to the idea that the big “rhetoric” debate about Loughner’s motives is based on … nothing. They’ve mentioned that in the course of covering other angles to the story, like how the fallout will affect Palin’s chances in 2012, but as far as a standalone “Oh, by the way, the left made this whole thing up” piece goes, I haven’t seen one. Which makes me think, what would the headline at sites like that or at Hotline or at the Atlantic, etc, be if the left really did start pushing the “Glenn Beck killed Kennedy” narrative? “Liberals claim upper hand on ‘messaging’ in Beck/Kennedy killing”?


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Lee Harvey “Voodoo Zombie” Oswald

Christien on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 PM

Are you going to finally join the exodus out of IL after the boneheaded 66% increase? I *really* feel your pain.

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Got an appointment with a realtor tomorrow to look at some space to put my business. I’m less than 10 miles from the Indiana border. Will be putting my land/out buildings on the market tomorrow.

Knucklehead on January 12, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Uncle Jack’s speech in Dallas was to have been an explosive broadside against the right wing.

Huh? Kennedy wanted to blow up the right wing with explosives??? Talk about heated rhetoric. /groan

Scrappy on January 12, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Jeebus, what an idiot.

ladyingray on January 12, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Thanks, much appreciated.

Knucklehead on January 12, 2011 at 6:41 PM

I’m not sure which speech RFK Jr. was alluding to. JFK was in Dallas for a private fundraiser, not to deliver a speech that was a rebuke of the right-wing. I don’t know if he ever gave one, meaning whether he was heading to or away from the speech when he was shot. But I’ll try to ask tonight.

Deanna, was that one specific school or elementary schools in general in Dallas? I know it wasn’t two high schools, so that’s the reason I ask. In two Dallas high schools, the students knew exactly what happened. I’ve forgotten which one, but my mother went with a friend to see a movie after getting out of school that day. I have kidded her that she went to the Texas Theater and somehow missed the commotion. Anyways, I’m curious as to what you mean by that.

Chad_ on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Um, that era was dominated by left-wing hate. Just pointing that out. You know, for clarity’s sake and all.

dczombie on January 12, 2011 at 6:44 PM

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Let’s not be a silly as RFK, Jr. and the MSM.

The climate in the early 1960′s was rabidly
“right wing” in the tenor of its hatred -in the South, especially, with lynchings, bombings, assasinations and other examples of homicidal racial animosity. There was a high level of hysterical anti-communist rhetoric against the “niggah-loving” Kennedys, who were “selling us out to the commies”, according to these ultra-conservative extremists- who thought JFK was a Quisling who failed to take Cuba from Castro, gave away our Turkey-based missiles in exchange for the Soviets removing theirs from Cuba, who permitted the Berlin Wall to go up, who traded with Yugoslavian commmie Tito, and who cashiered the notorious right-wing General Walker (whose brother, coincidentally, was mayor of Dallas in that November of 1963).

And people- like Allahpundit, et al- need to stop convicting Oswald, who never had a trial, was killed by a Mob flunky, who declared his own innocence, whose cheek showed no sign of nitrate residue (which a rifle shooter would have had) and who deserves, in America, the continuing presumption of innocence until proven guilty, no matter how much his “guilt” serves your temporary political aims. (Why are Oswald’s income tax records still a national security secret? How did he learn Russian in the Marine Corps? Why was he allowed to “defect” and the return with no repercussions??)

Learn not to emulate the partisan likes of RFK, Jr.

profitsbeard on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM

RFK Jr: You know, my uncle was also shot amid a climate of right-wing hate

Oswald was a communist. Since when was communism a right-wing thing?

mizflame98 on January 12, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I cannot comment on the motivations of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. from what appears to be the recollections of a heroin addict when he was a nine year old child.

BDU-33 on January 12, 2011 at 7:14 PM

BDU-33 on January 12, 2011 at 7:14 PM

I think you are on to something: Liberals think like heroin addicts.

Works for me.

BigAlSouth on January 12, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Hey – anybody remember that ay-rab dude Sirhan Sirhan?? — Oh yeah, that was the other uncle/brother/daddy…

No pattern developing there. Disregard.
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CaveatEmpty on January 12, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Oswald – right wing????

oakland on January 12, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Thank heaven there are no more Kennedys in Washington.

I live in Rhode Island and had to suffer Patrick; god, what a loon he is!

FOWG1 on January 12, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Hey – anybody remember that ay-rab dude Sirhan Sirhan?? — Oh yeah, that was the other uncle/brother/daddy…

Yeah, a socialist Palestinian terrorist.

EasyEight on January 12, 2011 at 7:28 PM

He mentions the right wing McCarthy era.
Does he not know that his father RFK worked for McCarthy?
McCarthy was a good family friend of the Kennedys and was a Godfather to at least one Kennedy child.

Rick9911 on January 12, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Knucklehead on January 12, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Thank god. Prayers ascend for you.

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2011 at 7:35 PM

How did he learn Russian in the Marine Corps?
profitsbeard on January 12, 2011 at 7:11 PM

The same way a lot of us did… It is called school. Novel, but fact none the less… You imagine that the US, at the height of the Cold War, would neglect to train people to intercept and translate Russian?

My Russian class included Army, Navy, Air Force, and Jarheads… and the odd civi.

Oswald was a Communist and Sirihan Sirhan of lefty persuasion… no right-wingers need apply.

Revisionist history, is all.

Friendly21 on January 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Hey – anybody remember that ay-rab dude Sirhan Sirhan?? — Oh yeah, that was the other uncle/brother/daddy…

Yeah, a socialist Palestinian terrorist.

EasyEight on January 12, 2011 at 7:28 PM

To add to that he was a Palestinian Christian (Copt?) of some sort or another.

Now, Middle Eastern Christians (e.g. Copts) and Eastern Orthodox Catholics are not Western Christians. They’d probably slit a Baptist’s or (Western) Catholic’s throat as fast as a hard core Muslim.

BowHuntingTexas on January 12, 2011 at 7:40 PM

He’s practicing voodoo here: Right-wing city –> ??? –> JFK assassinated. Fill in the blank yourself.

We can’t be surprised when his last epiphany was: Vaccines -> ??? -> autism

calbear on January 12, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Knucklehead on January 12, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Hoping and praying for WashJeff. He is close to the border too, no?

OmahaConservative on January 12, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Why stop at Kennedy?
New headline: “Beck implicated in killing of McKinley, Lincoln, Caesar, Socrates, Unicorns.”
Meric1837 on January 12, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Poor Beck, he was on a tear that day and heartily regrets the Unicorns…

Friendly21 on January 12, 2011 at 7:43 PM

RFK Jr is a complete fool if anyone but brainwashed liberal lemmings would believe that for a second. Oswald was rightwing? Thats insanity. I guess the revisonist history taught in his ivy league school told him that, but in the real world where actual people live the truth says different. Liberalism is a progressive mental disease and the libs are proving that everytime they open their mouth. The left is racheting up the intensity to get ready for 2012. Obama will not go out easily.

volsense on January 12, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Who would be looking for a little girl in a pinafore with a Colt .44?
profitsbeard on January 12, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Or in Sarah’s case, a very little girl in camo hiding in a tree top with a .50 cal sniper rife…

Friendly21 on January 12, 2011 at 7:48 PM

1963 lefty shoots democrat, press blames conservatives.
2011 lefty shoots democrat, press blames conservatives.

I’m sensing a pattern here.

Slowburn on January 12, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I was a month old when this happened….and I’m pretty sure Sarah is a year behind me. So she must have escaped the womb at this point. ROFL!!!
They just get more absurd with each passing day.
capejasmine on January 12, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Like all good right wing assaissins, Sarah was trained in escape and evaision at a very early age…

Friendly21 on January 12, 2011 at 7:54 PM

. When public school P.A. systems announced Jack’s assassination, Dallas school children as young as the fourth grade applauded.

I was in 4th grade in Walnut Hill Elementary School in Dallas. i distinctly remember that day. All I can say is no one applauded in mine.

I do remember that for at least a year Dallas was subjected to a worldwide disgust like no other city where an assassination had occurred. If people found out you were from Dallas – or even Texas – they wrinkled their noses and moved away in disgust. it was like Anti-Americanism in Europe during Vietnam (or Iraq, or most of the time really). My family did some traveling the next year and it was palpable. To an 11 year old.

YehuditTX on January 12, 2011 at 7:56 PM

RFK Jr. ./..”And my uncle was shot by an ultra left-wing extremist and defector to the Soviet union…..oops wrong notes…”

MaiDee on January 12, 2011 at 8:05 PM

What is that bands name…..umm….what kind of Kennedy?

dmann on January 12, 2011 at 8:07 PM

A right wing, Islamic Palestinian, I presume.
Are all the Kennedy’s born with pickled brains, or is it just self inflicted?

Hening on January 12, 2011 at 8:22 PM

JFK’s planned Dallas speech can be found here.

Is this an “explosive broadside against the right wing?” I’m not seeing it. I wonder how much of the rest of RFK Jr.’s history is colored by his own internal revisions.

tbrosz on January 12, 2011 at 8:26 PM

RFK, Jr. is out of rehab again. Who would have ever guessed?

bw222 on January 12, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Yes, but he was actually shot by a wannabe commie fuckwit that even the Russkies couldn’t stomach. So there’s that.

mojo on January 12, 2011 at 8:42 PM

He found Dallas’ streets packed five deep with Kennedy Democrats, but among them were the familiar ornaments of presidential hatred; high-flying confederate flags and hundreds of posters adorning the walls and streets of Dallas showing Jack’s picture inscribed with “Wanted for Treason.” One man held a posterboard saying, “you a traitor [sic].” Other placards accused him of being a communist.

And, seeing those signs, an assassin became inflamed, rushed to a gun store, bought a gun, and sprinted to Dealy Plaza just in time to fire three (or more) shots at the President.

The Reasonable Man on January 12, 2011 at 8:44 PM

He’s just trying to be relevant even if it means rewriting history.

micmac on January 12, 2011 at 9:05 PM

A right wing, Islamic Palestinian, I presume.
Are all the Kennedy’s born with pickled brains, or is it just self inflicted?

Hening on January 12, 2011 at 8:22 PM

With every successive Kennedy child and generation, they got more stupid and funny-looking. There’s some kind of degenerative process going on.

slickwillie2001 on January 12, 2011 at 9:24 PM

JFK did deliver a speech at a fundraiser in Ft. Worth the day prior to his murder, or possibly the day of (hey, it’s been 57 years). I imagine it was similar to the Dallas speech tbrosz posted a link to, which certainly doesn’t fall into the “broadside” attack against the right-wing RFK Jr. wrote about. Chalk that up as just one more lie RFK Jr. peddled in that disgusting HuffPo piece.

Another thing that doesn’t make sense is that Texas was pretty darn in the corner of the Democratic Party back then and pretty much since its inclusion into the United States. For a while there, it was dangerous to be a Republican and be in Texas, so that also doesn’t mesh with RFK Jrs’ recollection of the matter.

I called and asked my step-mother, a Dallas native and ardent Republican, about the tenor of the city and she told me people were excited in a good way and it was not the cesspool of hatred that we’ve read about now. Both Dallas papers at the time ran out special editions the day of the assassination and there was a fairly long period of public mourning in the city. I asked her if she could remember Confederate flags and the calls RFK Jr. wrote about being everywhere, and her response was that wasn’t the way it was.

Quick trivia: At the time JFK was shot, Jack Ruby was in the offices of The Dallas Morning News buying advertising for one of his many night clubs (my father always called them strip clubs, even though that’s not exactly what they were). Upon hearing the news, Ruby simply got up and left without saying a word.

Chad_ on January 12, 2011 at 9:57 PM

You’re uncle was shot by a Castro-loving Marxist, Bobby.

Is it just me, or do Kennedys get more moronic with each successive generation?

SuperCool on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Well, let’s see, Dallas & Texas, during JFK’s time, were solidly Democratic, Leftwing strongholds. Anyone remember what party, LBJ, JFK’s own VP was from?

He’d been a crooked Democratic Congressman from Texas, getting electeced with the votes of dead people, since before WWII!

Texas was in fact, heavily Democratic, and also heavily under the influence of the KKK (started by Leftist Democrat, Lt. Gen Nathan Beford Forest, CSA; by the way!); all those “Stars and Bars” being flown down in Dallas/Texas, were in fact, being flown by DEMOCRATS! Not the “rightwing”!

In fact, people need to be educated as to what the term “Radical Republican” really meant!

It was Republicans who vehemently opposed Slavery, and supported the rights of freed slaves, to the point of sacrifcing themselves. Radical Republicans, all across the south, after the Civil War, were attacked and killed by Democrats/the KKK, while protecting the rights of the freedmen!

And, can anyone forget about George Wallace, racist Govenor of Alabama being a DEMOCRAT?

Oh yeah the Anti-American Democratic Left can..

Dale in Atlanta on January 12, 2011 at 10:46 PM

You’re uncle was shot by a Castro-loving Marxist, Bobby.

Is it just me, or do Kennedys get more moronic with each successive generation?

SuperCool on January 12, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Teddy was his male role model. So he was probably drinking Bushmills and and hitting on women when he was in kindergarten.

Slowburn on January 12, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Allah,

Someone’s already beat you to the punch on the time travel theory. They’re focusing on Palin, rather than Beck. But the stupidity is just as rich.

nukemhill on January 12, 2011 at 11:20 PM

RFK Jr….also known as the dumbest Kennedy.

xblade on January 13, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Yep, Lee Harvey Oswald the right wing communist. RFK Jr got none of his father’s brains or common sense.

eaglewingz08 on January 13, 2011 at 12:32 AM

In less than 3 years, we have increased by 50 percent the number of Polaris submarines scheduled to be in force by the next fiscal year, increased by more than 70 percent our total Polaris purchase program, increased by more than 75 percent our Minuteman purchase program, increased by 50 percent the portion of our strategic bombers on 15-minute alert, and increased by too percent the total number of nuclear weapons available in our strategic alert forces. Our security is further enhanced by the steps we have taken regarding these weapons to improve the speed and certainty of their response, their readiness at all times to respond, their ability to survive an attack, and their ability to be carefully controlled and directed through secure command operations.

Speech to be given by peacenick JFK at the Dallas Trade Mart on November 22, 1963.
http://www.jfklibrary.org/Research/Ready-Reference/JFK-Speeches/Remarks-Prepared-for-Delivery-at-the-Trade-Mart-in-Dallas-November-22-1963.aspx

Lou Budvis on January 13, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Tell a lie often enough, eventually even the “teller” will begin to believe it…

Gohawgs on January 13, 2011 at 1:40 AM

My apologies, I haven’t read all the comments yet, and I am about to retire for the evening. I wanted to at least post this since someone had insinuated that school students cheered at the news of the assassination.

Not that it matters, but I lived next door to Robert Oswald, Lee Harvey’s older brother, at the time of the assassination. He placed the blame solely on his brother. He was last interviewed in the 1990s as I recall and had not changed his mind. He moved to Lubbock about nine months after the assassination.

I was a Senior at Denton (Texas) Senior High School (class of 1964) on the day the JFK assassination occurred. Denton is about 35 miles North of Dallas, where I-35W and I-35E split. It is the home of The University of North Texas, called North Texas State University at the time “Mean” Joe Green and I were students there.

When the announcement came over the loudspeakers at Denton Senior High on November 22, 1963 that President John Kennedy had been shot while riding in a motorcade and that Governor John Connally had also been shot, we were all shocked and stunned and could not believe it. Our first thought and our hope was that they were only wounded, and later, when Kennedy’s death was announced, classes were led in prayer. The atmosphere was like that at a funeral. I saw teachers and students weeping. Small groups were consoling each other during the lunch period, and students late getting back to class after lunch and between periods for the rest of the day were not penalized. Those who had transistor radios had crowds huddled around them. Some students went out to their cars to listen on their car radios.

I was not a JFK supporter, but I know of nobody who took pleasure in the assassination or said anything that remotely hinted at joy at Kennedy’s death. Texas at the time was, for the most part, controlled by Democrats and continued to be so for many years afterwards. Don’t forget, Lyndon Johnson had been Senator, and Fort Worthless Jim Wright followed his template into infamy.

opaobie on January 13, 2011 at 2:32 AM

It must have been left wing hate that killed Martha Moxley and Mary Jo Kopechne.

MNHawk on January 13, 2011 at 9:15 AM

The story about “Dallas school children cheering JFK’s death” is nothing more than a filthy lie.

Citation here.

DarthBrooks on January 12, 2011 at 6:14 PM

thanks for the link.
Perhaps someone needs to hammer on this in the news, FOX?, & get Barker in for an interview.
Dan rather is a major POS.

Badger40 on January 13, 2011 at 9:21 AM

The ‘Tard Kennedy speaks (sort of). I wonder if he has Addison’s disease like his uncle, or if his speech pattern is from drug abuse. Or, he could be a mimic, like Kerry. God knows, they could each take turns driving the clown car.

trl on January 13, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Doesn’t RFK, Jr know that Obama’s buddy, domestic terrorist now Professor Ayers, dedicated a book to Sirhan Sirhan!!! For goodness sake can someone shake some since into Junior’s head. I am sure that Junior would call Professor Ayers his friend and shake his hand.

SC.Charlie on January 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Another drug addled Kennedy heard from. And I’ve heard this RFK Jr creep say some pretty nasty things about people who dont follow his global warming religion. Glenn Beck comes to mind. Who cares what a has-been Kennedy says anyway?

abcurtis on January 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

This from an imbecile just as mentally whacked as this Lougher guy. And probably just as drugged up.

kens on January 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM

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