Guest Mark Valenti Posted May 24, 2007 Share Posted May 24, 2007 Just a theory -- hope no one is offended. A man who has reached the height of power - as US President - is then given the stunning news that he won't live much longer. His bodily systems have been ravaged by decades of prescription drug use and by incurable disease. Being an intellectual, practical person with a keen eye toward history, he comes to the realization that he cannot achieve any of his goals, nor can he create historical change, if news of his condition leaks to the press, which it almost certainly will, and soon. He'll be worse than a lame duck - he'll be a dead man walking - with no hope of influencing the public debate. His Presidency will be seen as a failure and his legacy will be damaged. His personal life will be opened up to rigorous scrutiny. His life has been defined by courage in the face of danger. His favorite poem - I Have a Rendezvous With Death. Despite ravaging illnesses, the deaths of loved ones, he fought in a world war and punished himself with a grueling political campaign. He is no coward. He faces every challenge dispassionately, with calm assurance. And so he does the unthinkable - he sets into motion a series of events which will result in his own assassination. Knowing history as he does, he understands that this is his best - perhaps his only hope of making a difference. When the shock of his death fades, history will allow his replacement to push through historic legislation. The truth is leaked to only a few - not even his brother or wife knows. But his Vice President, his personal physician, and just a handful of others are privy to the events which are to transpire. In the days preceding the assassination, he almost can't stop talking about it. "Tonight would have been a great night to kill a President," "Imagine if a shooter was firing from a building," "We're heading into nut country now," etc. Once the deed is done, several key steps are taken to ensure completely secrecy. Records are sealed. Evidence is removed. A commission is established to point the finger of guilt in only one direction. And true to prediction, JFK's presidency is cast in almost holy terms. The next few years see the passage of legislation that would have been impossible just a few years before. And as the truth leaks out, drop by drop, no one ever considers that JFK may have been behind his own death. Having considered an enormous menu of other possible solutions, I find this one most outrageous, of course, but ever so slightly plausible. Ask what you can do for your country. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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