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Frank Rich Is Wrong: Hate Didnít Kill Kennedy, But It Is Killing Civil Discourse in America
PJ Tatler ^ | November 22, 2011 | Bryan Preston

Posted on 11/22/2011 3:28:24 PM PST by jazusamo

Today marks the 48th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The slain president’s wife, his successor, and the liberal media blamed the murder on Dallas’ “climate of hate.” That smear cast a pall on the innocent citizens of that city for decades. I know, because I grew up in the shadow of Big D and in the shadow of Kennedy’s killing. For decades after Nov. 22, 1963, you could go anywhere in the country, tell anyone you were from Dallas, and if you spent enough time with that person, Kennedy’s assassination would inevitably come up.

Frank Rich chose to mark the 48th anniversary by smearing Dallas, again, and by extension conservatives of the present. It’s a column which should get him ridiculed and fired; no one who is so irresponsible with the hard facts of life has any place in the commentariat.The title gives Rich’s game away. It’s “What Killed JFK?” not “Who Killed JFK?” as it should be. A “what” is much easier to abstract, isolate, and attack than a “who” who had inconvenient opinions and motivations, and a madness to move.

The cold, hard fact of that day in Dallas is this: Whether Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman or by a conspiracy that included others, Dallas’ “climate” had nothing to do with it. Dallas was the scene of the crime but wasn’t responsible for it. Lee Harvey Oswald was not a mainstream Dallas man. He would not have been a Tea Partier. Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist. He had defected to the Soviet Union, become disillusioned, and returned. He had tried to travel to Cuba and failed. If hate was Oswald’s motive in Kennedy’s killing, the hate lived in the chest of a man who had failed at life, had rejected the freedoms of his country, and used bullets to write himself into the history books. Lee Harvey Oswald was an America-hating leftist.

Or, alternatively, Kennedy was killed by a conspiracy to stop his Vietnam policy or whatever the Oliver Stones of the world think. You make the call. Either way, Dallas is not collectively guilty of Kennedy’s death anymore than Washington DC is collectively guilty of Lincoln’s.

To the extent that his politics are relevant today, Lee Harvey Oswald belongs to the same ideological strain that later gave us Pentagon bomber Bill Ayers. That same strain of politics can be traced through a certain church in Chicago, right to the camps in Oakland, Los Angeles and Wall Street. People who subscribe to this strain of thought blame others for their feelings of powerlessness. They reject American freedom and damn America. They accept some violence as a legitimate political tactic. They despise America and want to bring her down to create a moment in which they can rearrange power to their benefit.

But I’m less interested in them at the moment than I am interested in Frank Rich. His column shows that in all the decades since Kennedy’s murder, the left has never really changed. They blamed Dallas for Kennedy’s death then, and they blame Sarah Palin and conservatives for the senseless shooting in Tucson this year. The facts of the story change, but the smear stays the same. Frank Rich blames “hate” for both, but the only hate on display is his own. It blinds him to the fact that Oswald was a man very much of the left, and that the Tucson shooter had no discernible ideology at all. But men of the left such as Rich prefer to assign collective guilt on their political enemies. Without pushing that collective guilt on others, their own lives have no meaning. They cannot convince themselves of their own superiority without an inferior other to hate. And collective guilt is a useful tool to intimidate. There is a reason that Saul Alinsky has found such a receptive audience among the left. They’re fueled by hate; Alinsky gave them the means of channeling that hate toward useful (to the haters) ends.

Frank Rich’s hatefulness is killing civil discourse in America. It dishonestly condemned an entire city for generations and turns an innocent campaign map into a murder map. It replaces individual responsibility with collective guilt, and turns what should be a unifying national tragedy into corrosive partisan crossfire.



TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Politics
KEYWORDS: enemedia; frankrich; kennedyassassination; leftism; nytimes
Well said by Preston.
1 posted on 11/22/2011 3:28:35 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Frank Rich Is Wrong
That's stating the obvious, ain't it? But it would be the NYT that lets a theater critic become a political "pundit".
2 posted on 11/22/2011 3:30:46 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: jazusamo

I ‘m so bored with the left and their “hate” chatter. They sound like a bunch on junior high school girls.


3 posted on 11/22/2011 3:31:12 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: All

I’d like to apologize to the junior high school girls for the previous post.


4 posted on 11/22/2011 3:32:01 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

You are demeaning junior high school girls. The left doesn’t even rise to that level...when my daughters were in middle school they were MUCH more responsible.


5 posted on 11/22/2011 3:33:49 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must...)
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To: fkabuckeyesrule

Ha...perfect.


6 posted on 11/22/2011 3:34:43 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must...)
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To: Pharmboy; fkabuckeyesrule

He’s not only quick, he’s correct. :-)


7 posted on 11/22/2011 3:36:23 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Frank Rich has never been right about anything...including his positive review of “Follies” way back when...


8 posted on 11/22/2011 3:36:45 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must...)
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To: Pharmboy

I agree, and I was speaking of fkabuckeyesrule.


9 posted on 11/22/2011 3:39:52 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Texan LBJ was his VP. LHO just happened to live in Texas, his activities were such he could’ve lived anywhere and acted as he did.


10 posted on 11/22/2011 3:41:28 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat (There's nothing more hypocritical than a white liberal calling someone else a "bigot")
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Yep. There’s been speculation about LBJ being involved and I confess that thought came to mind when Kennedy was assassinated. I have no idea but LBJ was a crook in my view.


11 posted on 11/22/2011 3:47:38 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

Dallas and its citizens were no more responsible for the JFK assassination than LA was for RFK, Miami was for Mayor Cermak, Washington was for Lincoln or Garfield or Buffalo was for McKinley. It serves a purpose for nasty rotund liberals like Frank Rich to target entire groups with hate - they are the true haters. The Dallas police were incompetent, JFK should never have been riding in an open convertible and wearing a stiff neck brace, the Secret Service should not have been out drinking the night before. But none of this was the cause of the assassination - the real cause was a misfit Communist who dreamed of foul glory. Deniers of Oswald’s role in the assassination have never been able to explain just why he killed Officer Tippitt, other than to escape apprehension for the JFK murder.


12 posted on 11/22/2011 3:48:58 PM PST by laconic
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To: laconic
Doesn't matter if you believe Oswald did it, the Mafia did, the CIA did it or any of the other conspiracy theories, none of them involved Dallas people.

Same thing happened to Laramie, Wyoming. Because two meth heads thought a gay panic defense would be a good idea, a good town was smeared.

13 posted on 11/22/2011 3:55:52 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: laconic

Wait Frank Rich IS wrong! The Rolling Stones said Kennedy was killed “by yooou and meeee...”


14 posted on 11/22/2011 4:03:54 PM PST by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: jazusamo

LBJ killed Kennedy....according to Jackie!! I’m with Jackie.


15 posted on 11/22/2011 4:09:20 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: jazusamo

LBJ killed Kennedy....according to Jackie!! I’m with Jackie.


16 posted on 11/22/2011 4:09:20 PM PST by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: jazusamo
...Dallas’ “climate” had nothing to do with it. Dallas was the scene of the crime but wasn’t responsible for it. Lee Harvey Oswald was not a mainstream Dallas man. He would not have been a Tea Partier. Lee Harvey Oswald was a communist. He had defected to the Soviet Union, become disillusioned, and returned. He had tried to travel to Cuba and failed.

Oswald WAS a communist - he was NEVER a typical Dallas conservative. He was an OWS, Bill Ayers type. Period. Liberals were and are the haters...

17 posted on 11/22/2011 4:10:50 PM PST by GOPJ ( Democrats are the only reason to vote for Republicans.... Will Rogers)
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To: jazusamo

Yep...I knew that. Thanks


18 posted on 11/22/2011 4:18:13 PM PST by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must...)
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Lee Harvey Oswald was an America-hating leftist.

Yes, he was, and this has been known by everyone (except Frank Rich, apparently) for nearly 50 years.
This is a very good column and Dallas is worthy of being publicly defended, but it is a shame the column was inspired by a floating turd like Rich. He simply should never be taken seriously.

19 posted on 11/22/2011 4:22:16 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: laconic

The case connecting Oswald to Officer Tippets murder is also flawed.The only witness first claimed to see two men at the murder scene and only changed her mind after a visit by the FBI.Several other witness’s claimed to see two Cuban looking men running from the scene.Also Officer Tippets mistress had just informed him that morning of her pregnancy and that her husband was “gunning for him”.The ballistics were also wrong and Oswald passed the parafin test.probably just the normal BS in any murder investigation but it goes to show the enduring mystery of this case.


20 posted on 11/22/2011 4:38:06 PM PST by Paddyboy
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To: jazusamo

***Or, alternatively, Kennedy was killed by a conspiracy to stop his Vietnam policy or whatever the Oliver Stones of the world think.***

Already done before Olie Stone came on the scene.

EXECUTIVE ACTION.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070046/


21 posted on 11/22/2011 4:43:07 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: Paddyboy

The case connecting Oswald to Officer Tippitt’s murder is flawed?? Ironclad evidence. Four eyewitnesses saw Oswald shoot Tippitt then execute him with a shot to the head as he lay wounded on the ground. Oswald was apprehended with the murder weapon hiding in the Texas Theater. I don’t think there is the slightest doubt about his guilt in killing Tippitt; never heard of any other theory.


22 posted on 11/22/2011 5:26:47 PM PST by laconic
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To: jazusamo

Oh, but hate did kill Kennedy. The Democrats hated the fact that JFK was having an affair with a communist spy and they hated what was going to happen to the Democrat party when this came out. The Democrats hate losing.


23 posted on 11/22/2011 5:38:25 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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