Kennedy assassination anniversary: Never forget

November 22 is upon us, the 52nd anniversary of the President John F. Kennedy assassination, and it has been pointed out that we have not had a death of a president in office since then. But we as a nation cannot assume that such good fortune will continue into the future, as we face the triple threat of many examples of mental illness leading to violence and deaths in many public places constantly; international terrorism becoming more of a constant threat, due to ISIL (ISIS), Al Qaeda, and other groups which wish Western societies harm; and constant domestic controversies surrounding internal political issues, particularly in a time of an upcoming presidential election, with controversial and outspoken candidates in both parties stirring animosity and turmoil by their rhetoric.

{mosads}America needs to be always aware and vigilant in protecting our government leaders, as well as our Presidential candidates.  While it is true that Donald Trump and Dr. Benjamin Carson have stirred more debate than others by their rhetoric on Mexicans, Muslims, and the news media, there has also been much rhetoric calling Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) a dangerous Socialist, and even those referring to him as a Communist; plus the constant drone of attacks on Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the effect of the Bush family on American politics.  So now that Trump and Carson have Secret Service protection due to threats, and Hillary Clinton as a result of being the former First Lady, it is apparent that the dangers of tragic events on any of those three, plus Sanders and Jeb Bush are mounting.  

At the same time, it should be acknowledged that with the large number of presidential candidates in the field, if we are to be more secure in avoiding any tragedy in this upcoming presidential race, that all official candidates of the two parties need at least a minimal level of Secret Service protection, as we do not wish to see harm visited upon anyone, no matter how poorly one may be doing in the polls.  The investment of Secret Service staff and expenditures should not be the issue.

John F. Kennedy’s religion; Barack Obama’s race; Hillary Clinton’s and Carly Fiorina’s gender; Donald Trump’s wealth; Dr. Benjamin Carson’s race; Bernie Sanders’ religion; and Sens. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio’s (R-Fla.) ethnicity show us, looking back to Kennedy and Obama, and now forward with the others mentioned, that just the issue of religion, race, ethnicity, gender or wealth can stir the anger of unbalanced individuals and lead to tragedy.  So the Kennedy assassination anniversary coming this weekend should remind us of the need for cautionary measures to avoid tragedy repeating, as occurred in 1963.

Feinman specializes in twentieth-century American history, with emphasis on political and diplomatic history. He has taught courses at Florida Atlantic University on America 1900–1945; FDR and the New Deal Era; U.S. 1945 to the present; and America in the 1960s. he is the author of “Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama,” Rowman Littlefield Publishers, August 15, 2015.

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