Actually, he was a left-winger, a self-described Marxist who had earlier taken a sniper shot at a right wing, John Birch Society figure. Yep, Lee Harvey Oswald was not what people think of him as. But it was very useful for the left to talk of the conservative "climate of fear" in Dallas, which purportedly led to the tragic assassination. And it killed the liberalism that JFK espoused in, for example, "a rising tide lifts all boats." It's amazing to learn that he endorsed a Reaganesque tax cut that helped spur the economy in the 1960s. Here's how liberalism became darker, more sinister in the aftermath: Link: The Day the Music Died I've seen this dark side of liberalism again and again on this board. For example, in the arrest of Skip Gates, the charge of endemic racism was put forth, regardless of the fact that the entire power structure, from the Cambridge mayor to the governor of Massachusetts to the nation's attorney general, are filled by blacks. Structural racism indeed. Another example would be the idea we should be to regulate (aka, quality control) the immigrants we allow into the country, as Real World has taken a lot of abuse arguing for. As if in our post-industrial economy we profit from a horde of under- or un-educated//low- or un-skilled immigrants. How many more laborers cutting grass and manning the booths of McDonaldses do we need? And it influences the health care debate. Rather than giving people choice with medical savings account in addition to covering everyone in catastrophic health insurance, we have to have a DMV approach with bureaucrats making critical decisions. Affirmative action? That's the ultimate new liberalism approach that both hurts its intended beneficiaries (check out the black MIT drop-out rate//the rate of the passing of the bar of newly graduated black law graduates) and discriminates against the soon-to-be-erased majority. And that's another thing liberalism champions: making the USA a majority non-white country. That's supposed to be a good thing. I think it'll be a bad thing, though I do love the Thai restaurants. In fact I find the notion that arguing in favor of the culture and people to remain historically white and Christian is not a racist or exceptional one. I know it's not bien pensant, but what other country would tolerate what white America has for forty years? Do you think the Ivory Coast in Africa, for example, would tolerate millions of white Frenchmen moving in year after year, displacing the population and become a majority over time? Ah, no. I'm sure there are many more examples. That's why Obama is so deceitful. He campaigned as an optimistic sort, but is governing as a pessimistic one, with one jam down after another as if he only has a small window of opportunity to remake America. And that's fundamentally indecent of him. Here's Piereson's book Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism I'll be reading it soon.