HIPPOLITICAL ASSESSMENT of the leadership of the Kennedy dynasty in Brooklyn and the rest of the country:

Mr. Kennedy should never have allowed that Dr. King could be summarily murdered by the government. Nor should he have supported civil rights legislation that forced businesses to open to public expressions of racism and discrimination. Perhaps, they could have postponed it, and he would have died of a heart attack while flying. But without the charge of racism, he would have gained the presidency easily enough and been able to pass his economically-enriching economic programs with little opposition. (Without the accusation of racism, Jack himself did not have to endure the rape accusations that came when he first married only women who were not his daughters.)

Miss Kennedy should not have had that short, hot marriage to Joe Gargan. To marry two women at once or even twice was like eating two plums. Miss Kennedy’s infamous confession that while she was telling Joe that she didn’t want a second marriage or a long-term commitment, Mr. Kennedy was “throwing us together for a short honeymoon” took the measure of her condition and of his responsibility for it.

The circumstances of Jack Kennedy’s killing in Dallas do not explain what happened to Mrs. Kennedy. But it seems likely that Bobby Kennedy was murdered in November, 1963, and that his subsequent investigation of the Kennedy death was accomplished at considerable personal and legal peril to himself and his brother. Their deaths by mysterious force likely hastened President Kennedy’s downfall.

These are just a few of the outcomes of our Anglo-Saxon perspective on contemporary America.

Michael Cardozo , Hofstra Law School

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