What’s so funny about peace, love and Marxism? ♦ This Day In The USA ♦ Jan 3
by Davis Fleetwood
Good morning scholars. Discussion topics for the day include: Who killed Kennedy and why? And what’s so funny about peace, love and Marxism?
The CIA failed in their efforts to assassinate Castro. They recruited the mob. The mob failed in killing Castro.
So, while the CIA was busy training counterrevolutionaries (including, but not limited to a puppet government that had installed in Guatemala) that would rid the world of the evil communist threat that resided in Cuba, it was on January 3, 1961 that one of the only overt actions executed by the U.S. Government against the Castro regime took place. The Dwight Eisenhower administration, with only two weeks left before the inauguration of a man won the election by promising to rid the world of the evils of Communism – John F Kennedy- terminated diplomatic relations with Cuba.
Some say Kennedy won because he was prettier than his opponent, Eisenhower VP Tricky Dick Nixon. With more and more consumers in the capitalist aspiring hegemony of the 1960s United States owning television sets, Nixon didn’t stand a chance against a player like Kennedy. Others credit those same mob connections that failed to kill Castro with rigging the election in Kennedy’s favor. Yet no true scholar denies that it was some potent combination of the Mob, the CIA and Cuba that blew the pretty face of JFK out the back of his skull and onto the trunk the infamous 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible on a sunny fall afternoon in Dallas.
Political assassinations were so “in” in the sixties, you dig? Kennedy had pissed off so many groups with the ability to kill him that applying the “motive, means, and opportunity” criteria hardly narrows the field of suspects.
But JFK’s death is a topic for another day.
In cutting off diplomatic ties with Cuba and waging an anti communist propaganda campaign; the U.S. government successfully transformed the reputation of Cuba revolutionary figures. You see, in the early 60s, the majority of the U.S. population was still in love with the Cuban revolutionaries and their heroic struggle. Castro and Che Guevara were seen as romantic freedom fighters, beating unthinkable odds to establish freedom. They were the socio- political precursors to Rocky Balboa. But not so in the living rooms of the U.S., newly retrofitted with those plum benefits of capitalism: the Television set. General Electric, manufactures of machines that killed in a wide variety of ways, had given every God fearing Wally, Beaver Daddy knows best home the means to deliver the U.S. government’s propaganda campaign that turned U.S. workers’ opinions concerning Cuba on their head.
One would think, after 50 years in which the world has only gotten more dangerous, and the rich have only gotten richer, the poor poorer, the middle class ever shrinking that it might be time again to ask the question:
What’s so funny about peace love and Marxism?
I’m Davis Fleetwood, reminding you that history is based on actual events.