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Nick Gillespie on The Baby Boomer's JFK Fixation


"If there's one November tradition less digestible and more shart-inducing than Thanksgiving dinner," writes Nick Gillespie, "it's the seasonal and ritualized fixation over the assassination and broad legacy of John F. Kennedy":

Whatever emotional immediacy, contemporary relevance, and news value this all once inarguably possessed, can we now admit that the topic has grown thinner than the post-1963 resume of Kennedy impersonator Vaughn Meader? It now lives on mostly as a sort of repetition-compulsion disorder through which the baby boom generation (born between 1946 and 1964) seeks to preserve its stultifying cultural hegemony even as it slowly—finally!—begins to exit the stage of American life on a fleet of taxpayer-funded Rascal Scooters.