Patriot's History: JFK, Cuba, Space 1959-63 (Chap 19)

Misty, Nat King Cole
I Want To Be Loved By You, Marilyn Monroe
I Remember You, Frank Ifield
Sleepwalk, Santo & Johnny
Telstar, The Tornados
Abraham Martin and John, by Dion

He had charisma, but in office JFK
had both success and failure in the interplay
with Soviets and Cuba. The economy
was also up and down: an early policy
of tax cuts built a businesslike environment
until the space race led to bigger government.

He had charisma and the press adored him: JFK,
a hero in the war, on PT-109, with his display
of courage (he would wisecrack) "growing better all the time."
Against the more established Nixon, he approached his prime
on television, winning a disputed victory,
which Nixon gracefully accepted. But adversity
came quickly. Castro was oppressive, dictatorial,
an agent of the Russian communists' imperial
designs. The CIA was planning to assassinate
the Cuban. JFK approved, but they would demonstrate
ineptness at the Bay of Pigs. So Khrushchev went ahead
and built a wall to split Berlin. And then arrived the dread
of all Americans, the threat of war just miles away,
the Cuban Missile Crisis, Khrushchev taunting JFK
and Castro seeking all-out war. But Kennedy's blockade
made Russia leave, provided our intentions to invade
were scrapped. So JFK got credit for a victory,
but Castro stayed in power, Cubans lived in poverty,
and communism spread to peoples in El Salvador
and neighborlands, and even Africa. Domestic 'war'
was brewing, too -- big government, from Ike to Kennedy,
a 'research' craze. So JFK responded properly,
with Mellon-like incentives: lower taxes, let the rich
invest and hire. It worked. With business at a fever pitch,
the GNP grew quickly. Yet when Russia went to space,
big government was back. We should have let the marketplace
determine practicality. Instead the nation soon
immersed itself in spending -- beating Russia to the moon
was all the rage. And truth be told, our great technology
and know-how pulled it off. The nation joined in ecstasy
as Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins took a giant step for us.
But NASA floundered soon -- without free enterprise, the fuss
had no direction. Sadly, JFK would never see
his moment of accomplishment. November, '63:
Lee Harvey Oswald -- anticommunist? or could he be
a spy? pro-Castro? Many theories of conspiracy.

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