Responses to the Death of John F. Kennedy Jr

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Responses to the Death of John F. Kennedy Jr


Though the loss of three lives in a private plane crash is a tragic event, why must the public be subjected to another round of obsessive media coverage, pre-empting all else, simply because the name Kennedy is attached?

The Kennedy mystique is nothing more than a media creation thrust upon the nation as "Camelot," headed by America's royal family, which is the very antithesis of the principles on which the United States was founded. Indeed, monarchy and hereditary succession were among the driving forces that stimulated our separation from England. Even though it may seem harmless to perpetuate the dramatic fantasy, public interest is waning, and the forces behind the "crown prince" mentality should be re-examined. The wealthy, powerful and celebrity elite have shaped, molded and manipulated themselves into America's aristocracy with the help of the media.

Though at first glance we see no particular harm in the fascination of it all, nevertheless, the American taxpayers continue to pay a heavy price for the never-ending Kennedy saga, even when they're not in government. …

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