Skip to comments.The slow decline of America since LBJ launched the Great Society
Posted on 05/17/2014 6:43:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: Were in favor of a lot of things and were against mighty few. This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.
Fifty years ago this Thursday, at the University of Michigan, Johnson had proposed legislating into existence a Great Society. It would end poverty and racial injustice, but that is just the beginning. It would rebuild the entire urban United States while fending off boredom and restlessness, slaking the hunger for community and enhancing the meaning of our lives all by assembling the best thought and the broadest knowledge.
In 1964, 76 percent of Americans trusted government to do the right thing just about always or most of the time; today, 19 percent do. The former number is one reason Johnson did so much; the latter is one consequence of his doing so.
Barry Goldwater, Johnsons 1964 opponent who assumed that Americans would vote to have a third president in 14 months, suffered a landslide defeat. After voters rebuked FDR in 1938 for attempting to pack the Supreme Court, Republicans and Southern Democrats prevented any liberal legislating majority in Congress until 1965. That year, however, when 68 senators and 295 representatives were Democrats, Johnson was unfettered.
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LBJ as a ##**&&##@##!
And then some.
Take that! you Post readers. LOL!
The 1965 Immigration Act is far more destructive in the long term than the Great Society.
Knock yourself out Jeb.
Over the last 50 years we now realize the depth of the JFK tragedy - it created the political climate that enabled LBJ to grow the government. It’s such a huge monster we may never shrink it.
Worked, too, didn't it?
LBJ was the second biggest turd (Jimmah Cottah and that Clinton asshole are tied for first) that the dimorat party ever foisted on the United States of America.
LBJ, you sucked.
But then, everybody knows that.
A government check is a shiv in the soul.
What you said.
why start with him?....wasn’t it the FOUNDING FATHERS who envisioned this mess of a country?...what with the Supreme court judges having all the power....I blame it on George Washington....if he hadn’t interferred we might still be colonists without rights but we’d be happier...../sarcasm/
Exactly right. The statists have been diluting us ever since with dividing & conquering their ultimate goal.
Funny that Oswald the Communist achieve his desire and and open the door to the country going far further left then if Kennedy lived.. If Kennedy not shot..he either loose in 64 or has to tack right to hang on...Kennedy killed..he a martyr that let the leftest Dem’s run wild
Are you saying that all our problems can be attributed to Lee Harvey Oswald?
They have been advertising a documentary on the 60s that’s coming on soon.(I forget the channel)
I wouldn’t watch it it they paid me——I remember the time too well. It was like watching the country I loved disappear.
Unfortunately, what you remember is media propaganda, just like the rest of us. And there will never be a let up until the bough breaks.
But America’s decline has rapidly accelerated under Obozo.
Ted Kennedy's legacy.