I'm watching a documentary on the History Channel about the Kennedy family, with lots of background and home movies. I'm over 90 minutes into it and it's stayed very far away from the subject of who did the hatchet work, and why. No mention of conspiracy theories, but several of the "family curse."
This is typical of the way media's fascination with our fears and superstitions trumps the search for the truth, and outrage with people we know have their hands on the real facts, but keep their cowardly mouths shut tight. It is especially relevant to ask who killed the Kennedys now, five years after 9/11 and we still don't have a revealing answer as to who did it and why, and rumors are circulating that Osama bin Laden has died, but we don't know if, when or where. We also don't know if he was really involved with 9/11, although that theory is as good as any.
One thing is very certain about all of it: whatever your opinion, you don't know and you never will. In the case of 9/11, you can be sure Bush, Cheney and Rove know the real story, and they aren't going to tell you. You aren't entitled to know, and they're far too important to sully their hands with such dirty work. Or something like that. Their behavior strongly suggests they don't want you to see how bloody their bungling hands are.
I have a secret theory of my own about the deaths of John, Robert and John, Jr., which is as good as any theory, I figure, because we'll never know. I've never shared my theory, but I've thought it since the day JFK was shot. I believe all three were killed by the GOP. I believe JFK's fate was sealed when he overpowered Nixon in their televised debate. Republicans always ignored the unmistakable fact Nixon was a ridiculous clown; to them, and himself, he was a very important republican who must be respected. When Kennedy was narrowly elected, it was a not just a defeat, but an unendurable humiliation; and not just for republicans, but for Nixon, unfairly punched in the nose by ungrateful voters who failed to recognize his importance and respectability. Out came the "I miss Ike" bumper stickers.
Because the Kennedys have influenced American society for generations by virtue of their personalities and character, they've been a thorn in the side of the GOP. The perception of John Kennedy's attitude that nothing was beyond his grasp became a standard republicans would assume and turn against the Kennedys and democrats. Their lack of infrastructure and legitimate candidates gave them an incredibly frustrating feeling of powerlessness, however, and the GOP began a long campaign to organize and coordinate campaigns and voters. And in the 1960s, the conviction was born that absolutely nothing was as important as winning, and no means were beyond using, no matter how vile or illegal.
The poorest of losers, republicans felt forced to avenge Nixon's embarrassing loss. They began planning immediately how to run him for president again, and felt he'd be a perfect candidate against Johnson. When he failed to receive the party's nomination, a terrible angst began building with some in the party--and when Robert Kennedy was nominated in the next cycle, well, something had to be done.
Add to that the perception that Dubya couldn't beat John Kennedy, Jr. if he were to declare his intention to run in 2000, and you have a consistent theory. Since then, the GOP has done every imagineable thing to win everywhere, everytime. Republicans can deny my theory if they want. It's just my opinion, after all. But, if they deny it, I say, prove it. Portions of the Warren Commission report which would shed light on JFK's assassination are still sealed and will be for another generation or two, if not longer. Today's egregious lawbreaking by the Bush administration and the stunts Reagan and Bush41 pulled have been inspired in no small part by retribution for Nixon's resignation (which, incidentally, wasn't the democrats' fault), and they hold the secrets of Iran-Contra, 9/11, Osama--and, who killed the Kennedys. You won't find out, and republicans will make damn sure you NEVER find out. I was surprised Bill Clinton wasn't assassinated, but the GOP did impeach him for no reason.