We are approaching the 56th anniversary of one of the saddest days in American history. That Friday afternoon November 22, 1963 , when an assassin in Dallas took the life of President John F. Kennedy is one of those events that those of us who were alive back then will never forget and one that changed our country forever. I can remember 3 days of somber music coming from every radio station I could hear, the television coverage of the event, the assassination of accused killer Lee Harvey Oswald, and the presidential funeral that gripped our nation on those cold November days. There are those who say that the Kennedy assassination was the first of events in the 1960’s that hardened our nation and ushered in the era of partisanship that has grown ever worse since then. I wonder how things might have changed had President Kennedy finished out his first term, and perhaps won a second one in 1964. Would he have gotten us so deeply involved in Indochina as Lyndon Johnson did? Would the much-publicized shenanigans that helped him win election in 1960 have come to life during his time in the White House? Would the news media have ever taken the wraps off stories about his personal indiscretions that were kept quiet during his presidency? Of course we will never know, but we do know November 22nd will go down in history as a day that changed us as a people and a country. That’s the way I see it.