In addressing the American Newspaper Publishers Association in 1961, John F. Kennedy spoke of “a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy” that seeks to rule the world and whose “dissenters are silenced.”
The young president, who would be silenced by an assassin’s bullets two and a half years later, warned, “We are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence–on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day.
“It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
“Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.”
That speech, and that fateful day in Dallas on November 22, 1963, that saw the 35th president of the United States cut down in broad daylight were the subject of the above “Rasmussen Minute” published on November 7 by Rasmussen Reports — a nonpartisan electronic media company specializing in the collection, publication and distribution of public opinion polling information.