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The Kennedy Assassination
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Why Assassinate a President?
President Kennedy passionately advocated and successfully implemented a progressive civil and voting rights platform. Tragically, his life was prematurely ended by a far-right assassin just three months after the momentous March on Washington in 1963. Dr. Martin Luther King faced a similar tragic fate after the historic passage of the 1965 Voters Rights Act, just before the critical 1968 Election. Additionally, Robert Kennedy, a prominent figure in this era of transformation, was assassinated to shift the demographics for the 1968 Election.
It's important to note that President Kennedy's victory in 1960 marked the beginning of a three-decade period during which a progressive agenda shaped the White House. Even President Dwight D. Eisenhower, despite his Republican affiliation, leaned towards progressivism in his domestic policies, supporting New Deal agencies and expanding Social Security.
These tragic assassinations as planned, set the stage for the 1968 Election, which saw the election of Richard Nixon and the first Republican White House in over 30 years. This marked a significant shift in the political landscape of the United States.