In 1960, my dad took me to the local high school in our town where a man running for President of the United States was speaking. Dad had managed to find a place in the front of the crowd as the candidate walked by. He shook my dad’s hand and patted me on the head, smiled and said, ‘hi son’ and then walked on by. My dad told me that the man was called John F. Kennedy.
This week was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Many say it was the day that America lost its innocence not only because of the tragic loss of a well-loved President, but because it was all caught on camera.
Most everyone alive then can tell you where they were when they heard the news. I was in seventh grade at the time. When the announcement that President Kennedy had been shot and killed came over the school’s PA system, I was in Mr. Vaughn’s math class, which was my first class after lunch. I still can see the look on Mr. Vaughn’s face as he sat down at his desk and was silent for the next 5 minutes.
Over the years, I’ve heard and read of many conspiracy theories as to who was behind the assassination. The official report said that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone shooter and that there was no evidence of any conspiracy. However, in one of the specials this week, they reported that 61% of the American people still believe that there was a conspiracy behind Oswald’s actions.
Some conspiracies blame our own CIA, some blame Fidel Castro, some blame Russia and some blame other powerful influential people in the US. Personally, I don’t buy any of those conspiracies, but do have one of my own that to me seems more than plausible that I would like to throw out with the rest of the conspiracies and see what you think.
First off, why would Sen. Lyndon Baines Johnson give up one of the most powerful positions in the United States government to take the nearly powerless position of Vice President under Kennedy? Johnson was well-known as a power hungry politician who fed on the greed of power and thrived on his position at the time as Senate Majority Leader.
Another question is how did Johnson ever get picked for the VP on Kennedy’s presidential ticket? It was also well-known at the time that the two men strongly disliked each other and had completely different ideologies on how to run the country.
Kennedy was well loved by many Americans at the time while Johnson often rubbed people the wrong way and had a long list of enemies.
The moment the doctors confirmed that Kennedy was dead, Johnson took full charge of everything before being sworn in. It was Johnson that insisted on taking Kennedy’s body back to Washington before doctors could perform a proper autopsy or collect any vital evidence. Johnson had very powerful and influential friends in Texas, and it was the Texas police that botched so many aspects of the investigation into Kennedy’s death. They never fingerprinted Oswald’s rifle until half a dozen or so police officers handled it with the bare hands. The forensics of 1963 may appear primitive compared to what we have today, but the forensic measures taken in the Kennedy assassination were sloppy and careless to say the least.
Who better to pull off the assassination of a president that you hated than in your home state where you have all the power to corrupt the evidence and botch the police investigation? And there is the matter of Jack Ruby’s murder of Oswald in police headquarters. Johnson surely had the power and people to direct someone like Ruby to silence his paid assassin.
I would not be surprised if some day someone discovers the evidence that proves that the only reason Johnson managed to get on Kennedy’s presidential ticket was knowing that he could someday have Kennedy assassinated so he could take over the presidency and the nation. In studying history and the various presidents our nation has had, I would place Lyndon Johnson as the second more corrupt president behind none other than Barack Obama.
There is more to go with this conspiracy theory, but that would take way too much time and space to spell it all out. For what it’s worth, that’s my conspiracy theory behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. What do you think?