So, my take is that Robert Kennedy first put off deciding whether to oppose the official story, but then, as time passed, it became crystal clear that opposing it meant becoming a pariah, an outcast. Accepting the official JFK story became a litmus test not only for patriotism and loyalty but for respectability in polite society. The fact was that Leviathan had built an edifice of support for the official story that moved across government, media, and every aspect of established American life. Fighting it meant becoming heretical- to the extreme. Robert Kennedy couldn't do that. He couldn't go there. Give up everything, including his political ambitions, just to join ranks with Mark Lane, Harold Weisberg, and Jim Garrison? At some point, he decided that he wanted to be President, and his path to the White House was not going to be made by fighting the official JFK story, and he knew it.
So once he started pursuing his own elected political career, it was over; it meant he was not going to be become a JFK truther.
But, what about before that? What about in the first few weeks after the assassination and the first few months? That was when he needed to act. What held him back then?
I suspect that he considered joining the opposition. So, why didn't he? For one thing, there were individuals in his life, to whom he was very close, who were begging him not to do it. And first and foremost among them was: Jacqueline Kennedy.
There is a book I have read called: Bobby and Jackie: A Love Story by C. David Heyman which is about the 4 year love affair between RFK and Jacqueline which started shortly after the assassination. The author makes a very strong and credible case that it happened, and I am not alone in accepting it. It's widely accepted. And, it's well known that Jackie was very scared for herself and her children after the assassination, believing, as she did, that LBJ and a cabal of right-wing extremists and Texas businessmen killed her husband. Recall her audio tapes made in 1964 with Arthur Schlesinger in which she said these things. According to Heyman, she implored Robert Kennedy, her lover, not to publicly challenge the official story because she was afraid for him, and she was afraid for all of them. So, am I saying that this helped steer RFK into silence? Yes. That is exactly what I am saying. And again, I am just repeating it; others have said it.
And, it wasn't just Jackie. No one in JFK's Cabinet stood up to Johnson and denied the official story. All of JFK's Cabinet stayed on to work for Johnson, including RFK. Then, there was the "Irish Mafia" which JFK had brought in, who were supposedly close friends of Kennedy from Harvard, and none of them joined the opposition either. So, who was there encouraging RFK to go rogue?
Then, there was the concern about JFK's legacy, that he be properly honored and exalted and celebrated- and he was. But, if RFK had gone on to war over his murder, all bets were off. They would have started flinging the mud- and nobody in the Kennedy family wanted that. In a way, they made a deal with the devil: You look the other way on us killing him, and we'll give him all the honors and tributes you want. Affairs? What affairs?
So, I believe that for RFK it started as a postponing of his decision about what to do. Then came pressure from people he was close to, especially Jacqueline Kennedy. And all the while, Leviathan propelled the acceptance of the official story into a litmus test for loyalty and patriotism. And by then, it was too late. And for Robert Kennedy, pursuing his own political career became a substitute for fighting the official story of his brother's death.
Would RFK have reopened the JFK case if he was elected President in 1968? Many people think so, but I strongly disagree. He didn't run on that platform, and there were other things he wanted to do, such as end the Vietnam War. I don't think he would have done it. No one can claim to know for sure, but that's my opinion.
But then, of course, he was killed, and it fell on Teddy to decide how the Kennedys would respond. He became the patriarch. But, Teddy was weak. He always was. He wasn't brave. He wasn't strong. And the idea that he was going to stand up to Leviathan for the deaths of his brothers- that just wasn't going to happen.
But what about today? Does the Kennedy clan even have a leader? Maybe you could say it's RFK Jr., but what has he done? He had his little moment on the Charlie Rose Show but not a peep from him since then. If he were going to do something, he would have done it by now. The ones I wonder about are the younger generation of Kennedys, meaning his kids and his nieces and nephews. That's a lot of people. Doesn't it seem like at least one of them would have the drive and desire to join the fight? None of them has, and that's my biggest disappointment. What is wrong with them? I have to wonder if growing up Kennedy meant getting stern lectures from an early age that, "We don't do that."
But, suffice it to say that if at some point in time, a Kennedy were to get involved in the JFK truth movement, it would be a VERY big deal.