Excerpts from an address by former Governor Price Daniel of Texas, before the YMCA in Austin, Texas, Dec. 14, 1963:
Like most Communists, Lee Harvey Oswald had no place for God in his life. He had no recognition of the value of the life of every human being, including those with whom he disagreed. Human life to him was cheap. He had studied and accepted an alien indoctrination that murder is an acceptable means to a political end.
Oswald recognized no duty to his country or its laws, having once renounced his American citizenship and aligned himself with the philosophies of Russian and Cuban Communism…
President Kennedy fell as a martyr to the unselfish Christian, human and patriotic causes which he espoused, and those who blame his assassination an all the American people, a state or a single city are doing a great disservice to our country.
[READ MORE: JFK: 50 Years Later]
It is a sad thing to say, but John F. Kennedy and his causes will be stronger in death than in life. It has been true of all martyrs who really stood for great causes. It will be true in his case because:
In this latter connection, our country sorely needs truth and tolerance on the part of those who attempt to assess the blame. I have tolerance but no patience for those who blame this assassin's bullets on all the American people, a state, a city, or a group which had nothing whatever to do with the act or the climate or the indoctrination which spawned the crime.
Radio Moscow was the first to fix the blame with an immediate broadcast, repeated over American stations, that "the assassin is understood to be a right-wing extremist."
Even after learning that the assassin was a professed Marxist who had lived in Russia after renouncing his own country and seeking Russian citizenship, and who only a few months before was distributing pro-Castro literature in New Orleans, Moscow continues to associate him with a "right wing" plot.
Worse than that are articles by otherwise respectable writers in our own country who say the same thing, some of whom associate Oswald's act with the intolerance of "white-supremacy extremists" in other states. Thus far, there is not the slightest evidence that any American extremist group, right or left, advocated personal violence on the president, or that Oswald had any association whatever with any group of otherwise loyal American citizens. Certainly he had no "white supremacy" connections, and this group is hardly known in this state or in Dallas, where integration has proceeded more peacefully than in any state or large city in the South…
During the past 10 years, Oswald spent more time in Russia than in Texas. Library records show that his reading material was pro-Communist. He certainly was not a product of Dallas, having lived there less than two months, a far shorter time than in New York, New Orleans, San Diego, Moscow and Minsk.
It does not seem possible that an objective sociological study of the influence of this man's environment would have been confined to a city where he resided for such a few weeks. Surely there would have been some mention of the fact that within the preceding five months Oswald was hailing himself as a Marxist on a television program and distributing Communist literature in New Orleans, and that only two months before the crime he was in Mexico City seeking a visa for return to Russia via Cuba…