It was unthinkable at the time – the assassination of a US President. And in this case, Camelot – John Fitzgerald Kennedy. It happened 53 years ago today in Dallas. I was six then, and while I don’t remember the bulletins I do remember the funeral a few days later. Our family gathered at my grandparent’s house in the Beaches area of Toronto to watch on television. I remember seeing John-John salute his dad. I didn’t understand why everyone was so sad – or scared – just that they were.
It would have happened close to the US Thanksgiving, which this year is in two days time. And while I’ve never bought into the conspiracy theory, the fact remains that a much-loved American and human being was gunned down. America was still fairly ‘innocent’ up until that time, still basking in the glow of the 1950’s and Leave It to Beaver.
America isn’t so ‘innocent’ now, and this last year has seen tumult and turmoil to a degree we have not seen at this intensity – culminating in the election of Donald Trump. The country is divided, with protests even in this country.
With the 53rd anniversary of JFK’s assassination still in the back of my mind, I wonder what the future holds for the US, for Canada, and for the world once Mr. Trump takes office.
I would not have voted for Trump if I had a vote to cast. He is, to me a cad, a bully, a scoundrel, a cheat and a number of other things I can’t repeat here. But he was elected, and it’s time for everybody to end the protests and allow him to govern, rightly or wrongly, as he was elected to do.
My hope is that Americans will lay down their differences and give the man a chance.
My prayer is that nothing dire will befall him in the meantime. With so many shootings these days, and the chronic lack of respect out there for people, property and life itself, I shudder where all this hate is going to take us, to where it will lead.
JFK, who died 53 years ago today, was no saint either. But he was known to be fair and was widely respected. He was gunned down anyway.
I just hope history doesn’t repeat itself…