There exists a cottage industry among leftists to attempt to blame the assassination of JFK on “right wing hate”. The latest, and I would say most delusional, example of this historical revisionism run amok is a Salon piece by Heather Digby Parton in which she never gets around to mentioning the fact that Kennedy was gunned down by self-proclaimed Communist Lee Harvey Oswald:
Three weeks before the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a concerned citizen from Dallas named Mrs. Nelle M. Doyle wrote a letter to White House press secretary Pierre Salinger. She was worried about the president’s visit. This is what she wrote:
Although I do not consider myself an ‘alarmist’, I do fervently hope that President kennedy can be dissuaded from appearing in the city of Dallas, Texas as much as I would enjoy hearing and seeing him.
This ‘hoodlum mob’ in Dallas is frenzied and infuriated that their attack on Ambassador Adlai Stephenson on the 24th, backfired on them. I have heard that some of them have said they “have just started.”
The right-wing hatred for John F. Kennedy was in some ways as extreme as the hatred for Barack Obama and nowhere was it more energized than Dallas in 1963. Three years earlier, right-wingers in the city had signaled their anti-Kennedy zeal by turning on its native son, Lyndon Johnson, after he accepted the nomination for vice president. He and his wife, Lady Bird, were accosted by a shrieking mob of conservative women in front of their hotel armed with signs saying he’d sold out to “Yankee Socialists.” It was downhill from there. Over the next three years the simmer burst into a full boil as various luminaries of the John Birch Society such as millionaire oil man H.L. Hunt and the anti-communist fanatic Gen. Edwin Walker, a zealot so far to the right that he even believed Eisenhower was a communist, fanned the flames of anti-Kennedy hatred.
Go here to read the rest. Ironically former general Edwin Walker himself was the subject of a failed assassination attempt by Oswald some months before Oswald’s successful attempt to murder Kennedy. That escaped the notice of Ms. Parton, just as Oswald apparently escaped her notice. Also eluding her attention was that large crowds turned out to give an enthusiastic reception to Kennedy in Dallas. I am certain that there is some psychological explanation for why so many leftists, go here to read another example, blame “right wing hate” for Kennedy’s assassination, since it certainly has nothing to do with the actual historical record, and exists rather in the realms of paranoia, conspiracy theories and unhinged partisan hatred.