When Barbara Walters interviewed John F. Kennedy Jr. some time ago, she asked him what would he do if he were president. He replied quickly and firmly: “Cut taxes.” That immediately set him apart from his beloved Uncle Teddy. It also meant that he did not share in that ultra liberalism that characterizes the ideology of the Democratic Party.
There is even something else about JFK Jr. which is worth noting. In one of the first issues of George magazine, published in 1996, there appeared an article entitled, “The Quigley Cult,” written by Scott McLemee. The headline read, “What do President Bill Clinton and the militias have in common? They both revere the weird theories of the late Carroll Quigley.”
Quigley was a highly regarded professor of history who taught a course in Western Civilization at Georgetown University which Bill Clinton took in the school year of 1964-65, a year after the assassination of President Kennedy. That was about the same time that Quigley had finished writing his massive tome on contemporary history, “Tragedy and Hope,” which was published by Macmillan in 1966.
We probably would not be talking about that 1,300-page book today if it weren’t for one paragraph that appears on page 950. Quigley wrote:
There does exist, and has existed for a generation, an international Anglophile network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical Right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so. I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960’s, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies . . . but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.
What Quigley was alluding to was the secret plan, concocted by Cecil Rhodes, to achieve world peace by creating a world government, controlled by the Anglo-Saxons, powerful enough to impose its political will on the rest of mankind. This was to be achieved by creating a secret society on the order of the Society of Jesus that would gain control of the wealth of the world, gain control of the British and American governments, and recruit its future leaders through the Rhodes Scholarships. Rhodes figured that the plan would take about 200 years to achieve its ultimate goal.
How much of this was discussed by Quigley in the class Clinton attended, we don’t know. But what we do know is how important an influence the professor was in shaping Clinton’s strategy to gain political power. Clinton, of course, obtained a Rhodes Scholarship, which was his first important step toward the reaches of power. The future president paid tribute to Quigley in his first inaugural address as Governor of Arkansas, and in 1992, in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, he again paid tribute to his revered Professor. He said,
As a teenager, I heard John Kennedy’s summons to citizenship. And then, as a student at Georgetown, I heard that call clarified by a professor I had, named Carroll Quigley, who said that America was the greatest nation in history because our people have always believed in two great ideas: That tomorrow can be better than today and that each of us has a personal, moral responsibility to make it so.
Since that speech was televised nationwide, it reached the ears of those of us who were familiar with Quigley’s book and its sensational revelations. McLemee interviewed Phyllis Schlafly, who told him, “When I heard that nomination speech in 1992, I almost jumped out of my chair. I thought, I bet I’m only one of a hundred people listening who know what Clinton is talking about…. It shows that Clinton, being a protege, knew who the powerful people in the country were. Clinton belongs to the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderbergers and the Renaissance Society, and he was a Rhodes scholar, which I assume Quigley helped him with. Yes, Clinton is Quigley’s boy.”
Obviously, it took some guts to publish that article in George. Macmillan had let “Tragedy and Hope” go out of print and destroyed half the plates, while demand for the book was growing. Quigley was able to get back his publishing rights, and the book was eventually reprinted by a small conservative publisher. But then Quigley died in early 1977. He probably would have been astonished to learn that “Tragedy and Hope” is one of the John Birch Society’s best sellers.
Soon after the article appeared in George, talk-show host Chuck Morse and I interviewed Scott McLemee on the air by phone. In the course of the interview, McLemee mentioned that he was working on a biography of Carroll Quigley. Chuck and I were all ears. But very recently when Chuck wanted to interview McLemee about his book, he was told that the project had been abandoned. Why? Mr. McLemee wouldn’t say.
Apparently, the network was no more pleased with McLemee’s article in George any more than it was pleased with Quigley’s revelation of their existence. We don’t know if JFK Jr. was in any way reprimanded or criticized for publishing the article. But he published something which no other mainstream media would have touched with a 10-foot pole. In fact, many of us conspiracy buffs were surprised that JFK Jr. had published the article at all.
So we are sad that JFK Jr. is no longer among us. If he had become president, he would have cut taxes, the very opposite of what we shall expect from Hillary Rodham Clinton if she ever gets a seat in the Senate.
And now we wonder if George magazine itself will survive the death of its founder. JFK Jr. could do and say things that no one else could do or say. He was young and learning, and he may even have wanted at some point to get to the bottom of his father’s assassination. He knew he was living in a dangerous world. But, apparently, he decided not to worry about it. Who could blame him?
Samuel L. Blumenfeld is the author of eight books on education, including “NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education” and “The Whole Language/OBE Fraud.” His books are available through amazon.com or from the Paradigm Company, 208-322-4440.