I believe the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy was the beginning of the end for the United States of America even though President Johnson signed into law many ideals of his deceased predecessor during Johnson’s push for “The Great Society”. With Vice President Johnson waiting in the wings, a coup d’etat had taken place. I’m one of those old conspiracy theorists that believes this to be true.
I believe President Jimmy Carter suffered the same political fate as JFK, because of George H. W. Bush. Bush made a deal with an Iranian cleric Mehdi Karrubi, Speaker of the Parliament, through William Casey to keep the hostages until after the Presidential election. Campaign manager William Casey became CIA Director as H.W. Bush became Vice President and Reagan became President. William Casey died seven years later of a brain tumor the day before he was to testify before the Senate about the Iran contra scandal.
Since then I cannot, but think about what the Israelites went through on Masada after the crucifixion of Christ. Israel went through the awful destruction of Masada because of the uprising of zealots and Titus of Rome squelched the insurrection and razed Masada to the ground. What are we going to go through for the Southern Republican Uprising?
The Republican base was largely Democrat before we lost the South due to the Civil Rights Era’s activism and the resulting legislation of the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations. Many a Republican Presidents have since used racist code and tax breaks to the rich to rile up the southern base into a frenzy against minorities and common sense.
Since then Reaganomics brought about the moral and economic decay of our country, even if it has been shrouded in a cloak of religious piety. We keep making excuses for bad behavior because of culture, religious ties and creepy relational mores.
Many southern states went on bidding wars “Corporate Tax Breaks”’ to capture corporate offices and facilities relocating and the northern states following too late. There was a boom in the south and places like Atlanta cleaned up, so did Texas. The north then started to feel the curse of Wall Street and the South celebrated its new found fortune. The biggest losers have been the Rust Belt Cities, state and local governments, pension programs and especially the working class and minorities.
The Presidency of Bill Clinton and the signing of the NAFTA agreement that was drafted by H. W. Bush and birthed in the first campaign of Ronald Reagan, brought the South along with the rest of the country to the ground, especially if you worked in a factory or were outsourced.
The creed of Reaganomics is greed is good. Just tell that to the child that doesn’t see his parents anymore because of a two job work load or is going to bed hungry. Is this the so-called “Promised Land”? Now that the South is experiencing “Paradise Lost” and they have a mad man as their messiah who holds nothing sacred but violence and placating the business community, our future is as uncertain as the people who voted for him.