John F. Kennedy's Assassination

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Assassination is one of the oldest tools of political power. It dates back at least as far as recorded history. It took place over and over in the Old Testament to modern day. It seems like it’s the most useful tool in power struggles between rulers and political systems. In the United States alone four presidents Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley, and John F. Kennedy died at the hands of assassins. The best remembered is Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. Abraham Lincoln was taking a stance against slavery in the south. The abolishment of slavery was not met well with slave owners. The buying and selling of people provided cheap labor and increased wealth abundantly among southern plantation owners. When Abraham Lincoln…show more content…
In the case of john f. kennedy again we have the 35th president of the united states assassinated for fear of giving all people black and white the same freedoms. The civil rights movement caused unrest especially in southern states the racial integration caused fear of change in many southern states. Kennedy had a vision that all people regardless of their race creed color or national origin be treated the same and have the same opportunities. Of course, as in Abraham Lincoln’s day some people did not embrace this way of thinking. Close minded people saw Kennedy as a threat therefore as in Lincoln’s time, assassination was a way of dealing with a visionary man. Another great activist, Harvey Milk, was assassinated for his differences in public opinion. He was an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to a public office in California. He also won a seat on the san franciso board of supervisors. He was not open about his homosexuality and did not participate in civic matters until age forty. In san franciso in 1972 there was a growing…show more content…
Mahatma Gandhi was a preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British ruled India. He employed nonviolence civil disobedience, he led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He organized peasants, farmers, and urban laborers to protest against excessive land tax and discrimination. He led campaigns for easing poverty, expanding women’s rights, building religious and ethnic amenity, and above all achieving self-rule. Gandhi was assassinated on January 30th 1948 by a Hindu nationalist who held him guilty for favoring Pakistan and strongly opposed the doctrine of nonviolence. As I have shown you great people with foresight seldom survive to see their dreams become a reality. The death of a great leader rocks a nation and provides the fuel to stoke the embers into flames of change. Assassination may seem like a good idea when dealing with megalomaniacs and dictators such as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, etc. but as we have learned throughout history that there are always people who are more than willing to pick up where they left off and sometimes the original is the lesser of the two evils. The student or fanatic of the Megalomaniac may surpass the teacher. The world has an abundance of fanatic, power hungry people always looking for ways to further their lust for power. Then the question is are we better off with the teacher
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