Moynihan on Lincoln

by John J. Miller on October 26, 2010

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American Visionary includes the late senator’s final letter to his New York constituents. In it, Moynihan discusses strange ideas surrounding the JFK assassination–and draws a link to the murder of Abraham Lincoln:

“I knew that Kennedy’s assassination would create a conspiracy theory that would live on and on. In the days and weeks that followed I pleaded with who would listen that our investigation had to look into the jaws of hell, lest it be dismissed as a cover up of the plot. I took to carrying about a recently published memoir, Fifty Years of the Church of Rome, which revealed that Jesuits had plotted the assassination of Lincoln.”

His point, of course, is that the notion of a Jesuit plot on Lincoln’s life is absurd. But do a Google search: The conspiracy theorists are still out there.

Today’s podcast victim is Steven R. Weisman, editor of the Moynihan letters.

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