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.
Oswald was exactly what he said he was, a patsy. It is unlikely that he even fired a shot on that fateful November day.
On the day that LBJ promised to rebuild the entire urban United States,Detroit was one of the wealthiest cities on earth.Twenty trillion dollars in wealth redistribution later "wealthy" is one word that few would use to describe the city.
Johnson sounded like a complete psycho, from what I’ve read.
An explanation for liberalism:
“The instinct of submission, an ardent desire to obey and be ruled by some strong man, is at least as prominent in human psychology as the will-to-power, and politically perhaps more relevant.”
- Hannah Arendt -
"I'll have those n*ggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years."-- Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One according Ronald Kessler's Book, "Inside The White House"
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I still can’t believe Johnson got away with running an ad implying that Goldwater would get us into a nuclear war.
Actually, I've never gotten over the suspicion that LBJ was somehow connected. The first thing we all thought when we heard about the assassination was, who benefits?
The following quotes are from Ronald Kesslers Inside The White House
Ill have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years. Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One
These Negroes, theyre getting pretty uppity these days and thats a problem for us since theyve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now weve got to do something about this, weve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.LBJ
Hes about 25% of the way there already.
Don’t forget the War On Poverty.
We had a great country, and the politicians simply threw it away.
“The slow decline of America since LBJ launched the Great Society”
Me thinks it has rapidly picked up speed since Jan, 2009.
“Yep! He is a nice man a good man and when he is done there will be a bunch of lazy bastards.” Said sometime in the 30’s by my fathers father.
Although there were some SCOTUS problems earlier, the atheistic Fabian Progressive Socialists began to emerge as a force around 1900. Before 1900, the federal government wasn't much of an issue in the lives of Americans. Government spending at the start of the 20th century was less than 7 percent of GDP. By the 1920's it had doubled and off we went.
The slow decline of America can be traced in the early 1900's to government's growth and easy access to our money (income tax 16th Amendment in 1913 influenced by Roosevelt who tried to pass a "progressive" income tax a few years earlier).
In a sense, yes. Goldwater likely would have won. Kennedy was ineffective and on the ropes. But with a dead martyr President in JFK, there was no way. It was blasphemy to vote against our young, dead, martyred President - which is what a vote for Goldwater was portrayed as by the Liberals.
Oh no you won't.
You mean the “Great Society” that Jeb Bush longs for?
Hey, Jeb Bush wants to be just like LBJ. How cool is that.
yes..and had JFK murdered to get him out of the way! wow! and got away with it!
True, but the fraudulent “election” of JFK was the real impetus
The Kennedys were disasters in their own right. If only old man K had been sterile.
He did. It was the "daisy ad". I remember it very well. A little girl was picking daisy's in the foreground and humming an innocent tune and then the nuclear bomb went off in the background. It was monumentally effective. Goldwater was portrayed as ready to nuc North Vietnam and people believed it. Heck, he had already threated to bomb them back to the Stone Age if they didn't back off. I doubt North Vietnam would have carried on a war against us if Goldwater was President. He didn't take any crap off Communists. He knew them for the evil they were.
Truly, it was a monumentally effective political ad. Everybody from that era remembers it well.
What you may not know, however, is that the Johnson campaign paid to air "Daisy" only once -- during a September 7, 1964, telecast of David and Bathsheba on The NBC Monday Movie.
Johnson's campaign was widely criticized for using the prospect of nuclear war, as well as for the implication that Goldwater would start one, to frighten voters. The ad was immediately pulled.
However...the news media continued to use the ad in their analysis of the presidential campaign -- often airing it in its entirety. Altogether, "Daisy" was aired on network media over one hundred times. But the campaign paid for its airing only once...
Ann Coulter has said that the 1965 Act was the worst thing to happen to the United States, and in this, I agree with her.
Very true; the 1965 Immigration Act basically undid the US.