Oh, I agree with you! Sorry if I gave the impression that I was 'defending' anything about JFK's dubious 'contributions' in any way. I probably should have emphasised that my point was how the contrived (or ignorant) misuse of any historical, recorded material to fit an agenda is misleading at best but becomes disinformation, regardless.Dcopymope wrote:I think people make the mistake in thinking that JFK and his assassination is more important than it really is. At this point, I don't care what the guy said and how people interpret what people for some reason think are "his" words. Nothing he ever said or did amounted to anything meaningful to people like us, or at least it shouldn't. Even his supposed anti Federal Reserve Executive Order 11110 is open to interpretation, so I think we should just let this puppet rot in piece in his grave and move on.Maat wrote:"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." — Mark Twainjlsumme wrote: JFK telling us the 911 truth
I'm so tired of seeing that JFK speech edited to make it sound like a reference to specific 'secret societies', when it was actually all about the Cold War and the perceived threat / infiltration of Communism around the world.
Thanks to mega-mouth disinfo clown Alex Jones' propagation of that selective editing, they all seem to copy the same clips with the sentence after "no secret is revealed" cut to support their pet memes, 'secret society'/'Illuminati' etc. ad nauseam. But it doesn't hold up when read in its original context. e.g.
"...Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match."
This demonstrates why we all need to be vigilant & never automatically accept anything as presented just because it fits a cherished opinion, or done by a perceived ally, without verifying the source material in context.
Full transcript Address, "The President and the Press," before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, 27 April 1961
Full speech: Audio
Much like the difference between Belief & Knowledge, there is a vast difference between being "book smart" and intelligent. Having an aptitude for learning information by rote and passing exams doesn't denote intelligence any more than an IQ test can measure EQ. Without Emotional Intelligence (the ability to apply what is learned from experience to make a successfully meaningful, balanced life) so-called intelligent, 'educated' people can be quite stupid. Or, as a retired CPA and corporate treasurer relative of mine always says, "Qualifications do not necessarily confer competence."
I also agree with Oscar Wilde, "Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught."
I'm just a stickler (aka PITA) for verifiable facts and accuracy in everything as much as possible. There's far too much bullshit propagated as fact to let stuff slip by as unimportant. In my experience, such things do accumulate accretions that just add extra work and headaches trying to chip away the obstructive damage caused.
P.S. It also really annoys me that JFK is credited with this quote from his Inaugural Speech:
“Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”
That was actually ripped off Kahlil Gibran's The New Frontier from 1925:
“Are you a politician asking what your country can do for you or a zealous one asking what you can do for your country?
If you are the first, then you are a parasite; if the second, then you are an oasis in a desert.”
I hate plagiarists, but I love irony