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The Crown: Part Eight
By Michael Moriarty
What am I to do with this complete surrender of my Irish, nearly but not fully Catholic soul, to the Queen of England?!
Move to Belfast?
And, not incidentally, next in this episode entitled, Mrs. Kennedy?
The assassination of President Kennedy.
The image of his casket being carried from the plane to the delivery truck?!
Jackie and Robert Kennedy standing in the delivery truck just behind the hearse.
I was in London on that very day!
Studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Of course, I was repeatedly given condolences for America’s loss.
The fact that not far from where I was, the drama I am viewing now in The Crown television documentary was going on in Buckingham Palace.
The Queen not just asking but demanding that a full week of mourning for America’s loss be instituted.
Some memories and moments in one’s life are not only indelible but return to one’s consciousness with even greater force than they had when they first left their mark.
This, I must confess, is perhaps the most unforgettable emotionally.
Beyond unsettling, the assassination of one’s own head of state?!
If he or she should be in such danger?!
We all are!
And, in particular, the Kennedy’s and, yes, their Camelot?!
Made us all so profoundly hopeful for the future.
I realize now that one’s soul is never in better shape than when tears of grief come to our eyes so easily.
The Queen’s personal feelings?
Stiff upper lip and all that but… she ends the episode by beginning a letter to “Mrs. Kennedy”.
The closest I ever came to the Kennedy’s was Mrs. Pat Kennedy Lawford.
She was on the board of directors for my theater company, Potter’s Field.
My privileged time in her company and therefore the history of her entire family was an education all in and of itself.
This was roughly 10 years after the dreadful November 22 of 1963.
It is now years after the dissolution of my theater company, my fight with the Clinton Administration, my being “ostracized” by the Liberal Community of which I had been a part and my decision to leave my country and my marriage and choose Canada as my new home.
The death of President Kennedy must have been the beginning of my decision to do such a thing. My feelings that America was always and always had been on the brink of a Second Civil War. A war I wanted no part of.
The America I left?
On the way to American suicide and the creation of a New World Order to be run by the United Nations.
Lincoln predicted with profoundly telling vision that the only way America could possibly be destroyed would be by suicide!
There is no greater evidence of the nation’s self-immolation than its population’s growing faith in a New World Order.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at email@example.com. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.