stomperrob wrote:While BH's reply was a little harsh, I find it somewhat reprehensible that a history teacher would suggest that murder is good means of achieving change in a free and democratic society.
Okay, first off in no way did I suggest that murder is an acceptable way to bring about change in any form of society. Given the chance, I would stop the murder. But since it happened, I am more than allowed to recognize how America benefited from the tragedy.
You bring up good arguments and I could post counter-arguments and we could go back and forth for ages. JFK never got a chance to finish out his term and thus everything we'll be arguing about is mere speculation. The arguments I hear in favor of JFK mostly center on what he intended to accomplish. And unfortunately he never got a chance to finish it out. So while pretty much every historian I've ever talked with (no, I'm not a historian) agrees that JFK was overall a horrible president, it's really just a matter of opinion. He could have ended his term with a flare and been elected again. He certainly didn't have any competition at the time.