the truth about the #JFKassassination
—no matter how exactly you think it really went down—is that it broke the country. something was lost from the American national character and never returned. and the @GOP
and Mr. @Richard M. Nixon
were poised to exploit the disaster.
I don't quite like or trust the mythologization of #JFK
into a last great President, a King Arthur presiding over a lost Camelot. but his brutal murder heralded an ugly counterreaction—an almost gleeful embrace of _realpolitik_ and cynicism in American politics.
began openly embracing its lunatic fringe. Barry Goldwater in 1964 was an early manifestation of that lurch toward extremism. Goldwater failed, but @The Reagan Foundation and Institute
took up the cause—and in 1980 the far-right Republican counterreaction went mainstream at last.
it was a nightmarish time. @The Reagan Foundation and Institute
was a nightmare, a terrifying excrescence—like the fruiting body of an invading rot. Reaganism sneered at idealism and public service. "fůck you got mine" was the Reaganite posture. winning was all: it was kill or be killed.
it's hard to believe there was a time when a President evoked the memory of King Arthur—#JFK
may have been no hero, but he wasn't a mere grinning mascot like @The Reagan Foundation and Institute
, a President who may as well have been made of cardboard, wired up to speak recorded messages.
at least captures the spiritual upheaval of the #JFKassassination
—the sense that it wasn't just a single man or administration that had been cut down that day, but the American spirit.
we were a meaner, nastier nation after 22 November 1963.
we have only grown ever meaner and nastier since then.
maybe the United States was always a fraud. a mere flimsy front, all slogans and flag-waving, a paper-thin façade over a racıst police state.
I can live with that disillusionment...but it hurts.
~Chara of Pnictogen