Muffled Drums

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Okay, I get it — you don’t approve of him. You got sick to your stomach when you heard the speech where he talked about believing in absolute separation of Church and state. You break out in hives whenever you think about how he let Bobby bother those poor Southerners, the salt of the earth. The memory of him winning accolades in Europe for pretending to be a donut makes your hair fall out in clumps. The last time the terrorist manning the counter at Quik-Trip handed you a half-dollar bearing his profile, you checked yourself into the hospital, reporting symptoms of edema, epilepsy, and melanoma, whereupon the doctor nodded sympathetically and said, “Sounds like JFK fatigue. Just hearing a Boston accent is enough to make my bad knee start throbbing — and I had it replaced with a plastic one ten years ago.”

Yes, conservative reader, you have been heard from. Hang in there. Watch the clip, and take comfort in the sheer decorousness of the ritual — the sailors formed up in perfect ranks, the flags snapping in the autumn breeze, the reverent hush of the black-draped crowds, the women with covered heads and no tattoos who, you can tell at a glance, never talked like Sara Silverman.

Then flip ahead to (07:34) and listen to the muffled drums. You can almost hear them beating out sic-transit-gloria-mundi. Over the great march of time, 50 years of nostalgia isn’t that much.

  • Manny

    It’s late Saturday night the 22nd and I’m Kennedy-ed out. I can’t believe so much has been made of a rather mediocre president. We don’t have royalty in this country and the Kennedys are not royalty. What’s interesting is how there are so few com box comments on the JFK posts around Patheos Catholic. If that is a sign of lack of interest, then that is a good thing.
    By the way I assume you mean Conservative Caholic in the Michael Vorhis mold. Political Conservatives are actually sympathtic to JFK.

  • Almario Javier

    Bobby I have no problem with. By all accounts he was a good Catholic, who attended Mass and meant it. I have no problem with civil rights – except where Jack kept vacillating so much Bobby and Hubert Humphrey had to take the initiative instead.

    And as for “political conservatives” if you mean the types I encountered at Young Republican meetings arguing we should start shilling for abortion and SSM so that white industrialists will support us again (because the white working class or minorities are persona non grata outside a few token tips to Rubio and Martinez), well, not surprising, is it?