Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Remembering

In a lot of ways, I think of myself as a Kennedy Democrat. I've always believed that it is the government's responsibility to its people to offer them services and protection. That's why I want us to stabilize Social Security and offer job training and free education. The Republic is only as good as its citizens, so the Republic should do everything possible to help its citizens. Plus, the basis of all of this is the liberal idea that government is fundamentally a force for good in people's lives. If not for government entitlements, how many people would have died penniless on the streets? Granted, there is still more to do, but that is the correct worldview. Being a Kennedy Democrat, I always observe the anniversary of the assassination of JFK. It was such a seminal moment in American history that it bears remembering. The death of such a great man, who had his human flaws but was still a great man was a watershed moment. It showed us that every beginning has its end and that greatness is only for a short time. JFK's death is also the catalyst for the maturation of my own political idol Robert Kennedy. Without his brother's death Robert would never have become the man he was when he ran for president in 1968 when, he too, was assassinated. After all of this, I'm sure you'll understand why I'm so upset that there is now a video game that allows you to play as the assassin who shot John Kennedy. The Scottish company that released "JFK: Reloaded" claim that the game is intended to show that the Warren Commission Report is indeed possible and to dispell conspiracy theories. The physics of hte game are supposed to be extremely real, and, as a science experiment, the game serves a purpose. But we're not talking about a science experiment, we're talking about one of the darkest days in American history being repeated over and over again. It's just not kosher.

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