This year marks 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas. The time seems as though the event happened more recently. Many things happened that year. Khruschev visited the Berlin Wall on 6-28-1963. Pope John XXIII died on 6-3-1963 and Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his "I Have A Dream " speech on 8-28-1963.
At the time, President Kennedy could have won re-election easily. Some argue that there was little reason to travel to Dallas that fateful day on 11-22-1963. As things turned out, the Democrats carried Texas in the General Elections of '60, '64 and '68.
More importantly, some Americans wonder what could have been. Many things could have been completed in a Kennedy second term. Examples are the ending of the American involvement in Vietnam. In addition, this country could have embraced the all-volunteer army.
President Harry Truman wrote an article critical of the CIA one month after the assassination. Essentially, he explained that he envisioned the CIA as an information gathering/consolidation entity rather than an evolving operational one. President Kennedy might have reconstituted the CIA back to the original charter as envisioned by President Truman.
Other potential accomplishments could have been an expanded Peace Corps, as well as an examination of the feasibility of National Health Care. The dismantling of the Berlin Wall was another burning issue to address between President Kennedy and the Russian leader - Nikita Khrushchev.
All of these things were possible under a continued Kennedy Administration. Many of them happened years later. In closing, the memory of President John F. Kennedy was commemorated on this day some 50 years after the assassination. Local newspapers reprinted the headlines and in some cases re-issued the entire newspaper sold on that date.
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