Nigh on 20 years ago I got a Kennedy Half in change. I knew it was a 1964 because it wasn't a "Johnson sandwich" of clad crap coins.
This post is not about monetary gain.
It is about what was and is no more in my opinion. Oh, and people that were here and are no more.
I can understand the younger folks that do not hold living memory of JFK,MX,MLK and RFK finding it hard to understand how WeThePeople were so easy to fool in that age ago time.
I kind of left out Fred Hampton and Mark Clark and later John Africa and friends, the same hand strikes today, ask any real 'community organizer'.
Nor is it just black/white division, no it is about power and wage slavery or slavery depending on who and where you are.
See "Thy Will Be Done" by Colby & Dennett and "Du Pont Dynasty".
When I think of the Kennedy Half I remember what America was. Was to my parents and grandparents generation when it was minted. It isn't part zinc, it is silver and 50 cents was a bunch to them.
What America was to me until early 1974. But that is another tale for another time. Still I keep this token to what was.
I also think of what change came in the 'long strange trip its been'.
Looking back I know now I was altered by the loss of RFK. 1968 began a catharsis for me that still isn't finished.
Soon there after I began reading the WC critics' works. Mark Lane first.
I was coming into this late I know.... Then Tink Thompson's Z-toon book.
I never thought then that the Z-toon was not the real deal. I was 16 by then.
Meagher's destruction of the fable, and General Penn Jones Jr. USArmy (ret.) came on the path.
And Mae on the radio, AM talk radio before FCC equal time rule ended thank you very much.
In more recent day but no longer with us in body are Col. L. Fletcher Prouty USAF (ret.), George M. Evica and John Judge.
I bet they all knew the loss of our parents and grandparents "America".
The Great Depression folks, the veterans of that nasty war unlimited. And their kids.
They knew a different Republic.
The truth tellers knew a different America.
Those folks are still present in open doors to information, by this I mean that if one seeks to know then the shoulders on which we stand include them as references to reality.
Portals if you will.
But those shoulders include people still doing the work and gettin' the word out today.
To include the founders here. And people like Doug Horne shredding the WCR to provable fiction, with Breach of Trust author McKnight included too.
Why hasn't the assassination of a President gone away from people's thinking in the face of two official er three to include Jim Garrison's effort, anyway why haven't the investigations dismissed the issue?
Because the fable is a fable and the emperor has no clothes.
And because of those that came before and had the real dope on what went down that weekend when America started to die.
It lingered through the Tonkin Gulf trap. But it died quite soon.
The words of the murdered folks still speak of a voice. A voice that not only is still heard but is more important now.
That voice of America still alive in 1963 is what I think of when I remember the 50 cent piece.
The voice of those on whose shoulders we stand, thank you all.