“For the problems are not all solved and the battles are not all won – and we stand today at the edge of a New Frontier. … But the New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises—it is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them.”
J.F.K. the beginning of the end.
So let us just proceed from there. It is a sultry evening in the capitol city Salisbury in the then Rhodesia. I’m eight years old and there from the farm with my mother and it is the evening rush hour traffic. But, something is wrong, and even as an eight year old boy I know this. Car horns hooting, people sticking their heads out of their car windows and shouting. Black paper boys scurrying everywhere. But the paper doesn’t come out in the evening, only in the morning? Thoroughly perplexed I ask my Mother, ” mum what is going on?” To which she replies, “President Kennedy has just been assassinated.” Oh no, oh no. It was one of those times when ‘time stood still and the river ran dry’.
Now my Mother is Irish and she is also a Catholic, so of course she had an affinity with J.F.K. More importantly it was an idyllic time in our country, bar this sad, sad, news. Old Luke the Gook hadn’t yet reared his ugly head in our country although it was elsewhere in Africa and in America too. Black people were rising up against long held iniquities whether real or imagined, Martin Luther King springs to mind and all the ‘appeasers’ were busy at work. ‘The winds of change can be felt blowing across the Continent (Africa)’. McMillan.
America Leading light and Camelot of the World.
Whether one wants to believe this or not, but, in those far oft times there was an affinity between Rhodesian people and Americans. How could this be? We were a British colony about to fight for our own Independence, maybe? The other thing to remember is we were well educated. How else could an eight year old boy be aware of who American Presidents were? More importantly, what they stood for?
Let it be known from the beginning but as a small boy and young teenager I loved J.F.K. But times change and people grow up and experiences differ and our once beautiful country was now at war and my perceptions changed. How sad? So a slow process of questioning began and for me this entailed what I had grown up to believe J.F.K. stood for. I was soon to learn how wrong I was.
Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. J.F.K.
Well he sure had the looks and the charisma so is it any wonder the women loved him in droves? Which is one of the sore points with me, but, more on that later.
Even after all this time and all that has happened in-between, I still find myself drawn to J.F.K. but I questioned him along the following lines. As I learnt more I was left wondering why the champion of the free World and all that it stood for said one thing in America and the other thing in Africa? So State-sides he was a big opponent of Communism (any one remember the Cuban crisis?) yet, in Africa he backed (sold out) country after country to Communist leaders despite there being many black leaders against this. How could this be?I was disgusted and appalled on learning this. Either you believe in something or you don’t but I came to the conclusion he was just pandering to anything black. Which also led me to believing maybe he was a closet communist after all? Then again there was all his philandering and I have had plenty of American friends both men and women all my life. It matters not which of them I ask about this but, the reply is always the same in a heavy American accent. ” Soooooooooooooooooooooooooo whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat”? Which also led me to believe that Americans love nothing better than if their Presidents are well known ‘swordsmen’ so to speak. Sooooooooooooooooooo whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? It goes back in time to another one of their best loved Presidents, dear old Abe Lincoln. The reality is, dear old Abe had syphilis, which is why his children died so young. They talk about a Kennedy curse, well dear old Daaaaaaaaaaaaaddy Kennedy also had syphilis, and in those days there was no cure. Go check your facts.
Now I’m not against a bit of hanky panky myself but I got married as a Catholic and I swore an oath to God with a whole church full of witnesses. To love and to honour, till death do us part. So did you J.F.K. and that is what I don’t like about your philandering. Then again, I never had some of the most beautiful women in the world such as Marilyn Monroe making a play for me.
It is my “considered opinion” that J.F.K. was the last truly and freely elected President by we the people and every one after became worse? Something sinister was at work which eludes me. Having said that, occasionally one came up that I liked, Ronald Reagan springs to mind and a couple of others in-between, mostly Republicans, and then one got, Carter Peanuts. ” To look at a women with lust is already to have committed adultery.” Oh please man, bang goes the whole of mankind. How any one in their right mind ever voted for him remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Oddly enough, by no means was he the end of it. Eventually they, the people, decided to go for another swordsman, non other than dear old Bill Clinton and him of the ceeeeeeeeegar fame. Soooooooooooo whaaaaaaaaaaaat? The other funny thing is that for all their liberalism, Americans have yet to vote a woman into a position of high power. Even Indians and Pakistani’s who have very strict views on women and their behavior have done this. How strange. I’ve left the best (worst) till last. Even Harry Flashman said years ago, ” if I had learnt to whittle I would have made President in that country.” And so we came to the current incumbent, black no less, and I distinctly remember when he was first elected, people in floods of tears with the ecstasy of it. Once wasn’t enough and they voted him in again. Reality is a very hard thing to stomach. The reality is, America is well and truly ‘bust’ owing trillions in debt and I can see no way of them getting out of this? You have been well and truly out manipulated, by a very clever people with patience on their side. Clissakes, fussakes man who could have envisaged it would have been so easy? Nuking them is not the solution, it is the end of all of us. Brother you asked for it.
J.F.K. must be turning in his grave.