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The slow decline of America since LBJ launched the Great Society
Washington Post ^ | 05/17/2014 | George Will

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: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re 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, Johnson’s 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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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: america; decline; greatsociety; lbj
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1 posted on 05/17/2014 6:43:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

LBJ as a ##**&&##@##!


2 posted on 05/17/2014 6:45:00 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: SandRat

And then some.


3 posted on 05/17/2014 6:47:18 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: SeekAndFind
The slow decline of America since LBJ launched the Great Society Turncoat Teddy Roosevelt helped get us the income tax beginning Progressive Socialism in earnest in the federal government.
4 posted on 05/17/2014 6:47:53 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: SeekAndFind

Take that! you Post readers. LOL!


5 posted on 05/17/2014 6:48:56 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: SeekAndFind
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.”

Wow! I thought I had ambitious ideas…
6 posted on 05/17/2014 7:02:38 PM PDT by posterchild (It takes a politician to declare a settled science.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The 1965 Immigration Act is far more destructive in the long term than the Great Society.


7 posted on 05/17/2014 7:02:47 PM PDT by kabar
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To: SeekAndFind
"Jeb Bush: I Would Govern Like Lyndon Johnson as President"

Knock yourself out Jeb.

8 posted on 05/17/2014 7:02:53 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Misterioso

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.


9 posted on 05/17/2014 7:05:18 PM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: SeekAndFind
...It (The Great Society legislation) 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.”

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.

10 posted on 05/17/2014 7:07:15 PM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: SeekAndFind

A government check is a shiv in the soul.


11 posted on 05/17/2014 7:11:59 PM PDT by HMS Surprise (Chris Christie can STILL go straight to hell.)
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To: mass55th

What you said.


12 posted on 05/17/2014 7:13:56 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: PapaNew

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/


13 posted on 05/17/2014 7:19:44 PM PDT by cherry
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To: kabar

Exactly right. The statists have been diluting us ever since with dividing & conquering their ultimate goal.


14 posted on 05/17/2014 7:20:27 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: SandRat

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


15 posted on 05/17/2014 7:20:50 PM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more.)
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To: Liberty Wins

Are you saying that all our problems can be attributed to Lee Harvey Oswald?


16 posted on 05/17/2014 7:24:35 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: SeekAndFind

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.

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17 posted on 05/17/2014 7:24:37 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mears
—I remember the time too well

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.

18 posted on 05/17/2014 7:29:30 PM PDT by Misterioso
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To: SeekAndFind

But America’s decline has rapidly accelerated under Obozo.


19 posted on 05/17/2014 7:31:26 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: kabar
The 1965 Immigration Act is far more destructive

Ted Kennedy's legacy.

20 posted on 05/17/2014 7:34:58 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Misterioso

Oswald was exactly what he said he was, a patsy. It is unlikely that he even fired a shot on that fateful November day.


21 posted on 05/17/2014 7:35:53 PM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: SeekAndFind

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.

22 posted on 05/17/2014 7:35:54 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: SeekAndFind

Johnson sounded like a complete psycho, from what I’ve read.


23 posted on 05/17/2014 7:36:20 PM PDT by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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 -


24 posted on 05/17/2014 7:36:43 PM PDT by griswold3 (I was born heI're in America. I will die here in a third world country. Obama succeeded.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"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"
25 posted on 05/17/2014 7:36:53 PM PDT by Bratch
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26 posted on 05/17/2014 7:39:16 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: 4Liberty

I still can’t believe Johnson got away with running an ad implying that Goldwater would get us into a nuclear war.


27 posted on 05/17/2014 7:39:18 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MUDDOG
The 1965 Immigration Act: Anatomy of a Disaster By: Ben Johnson
28 posted on 05/17/2014 7:40:08 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Misterioso
Are you saying that all our problems can be attributed to Lee Harvey Oswald?

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?

29 posted on 05/17/2014 7:40:35 PM PDT by Liberty Wins ( The average lefty is synapse challenged)
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To: SeekAndFind
well, we're 50 years into his 200 year prediction, but the problem is, America prolly won't be recognizable 150 years from now, if it even still exists that is...
30 posted on 05/17/2014 7:42:30 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: SeekAndFind

The following quotes are from Ronald Kessler’s “Inside The White House”

“I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” —Lyndon B. Johnson to two governors on Air Force One

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.”—LBJ


31 posted on 05/17/2014 7:45:29 PM PDT by DMZFrank
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To: DMZFrank

Hes about 25% of the way there already.


32 posted on 05/17/2014 7:46:31 PM PDT by DMZFrank
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To: SeekAndFind

Don’t forget the War On Poverty.


33 posted on 05/17/2014 7:47:44 PM PDT by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice. And Pay Your Liberty Tax Citizen.)
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To: kabar
Thanks for the link. Informative and sickening.

We had a great country, and the politicians simply threw it away.

34 posted on 05/17/2014 7:48:41 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: SeekAndFind

“The slow decline of America since LBJ launched the Great Society”

Me thinks it has rapidly picked up speed since Jan, 2009.


35 posted on 05/17/2014 7:52:48 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


36 posted on 05/17/2014 8:40:33 PM PDT by the_daug
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To: cherry
No, that wasn't a random comment.

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).

37 posted on 05/17/2014 9:02:07 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: SeekAndFind

!


38 posted on 05/17/2014 9:15:44 PM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: dfwgator
"I still can’t believe Johnson got away with running an ad implying that Goldwater would get us into a nuclear war."

See this: "Daisy", "Daisy Girl" or "Peace, Little Girl

39 posted on 05/17/2014 9:22:06 PM PDT by blam
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To: Misterioso
Are you saying that all our problems can be attributed to Lee Harvey Oswald?

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.

It worked.

40 posted on 05/17/2014 9:27:33 PM PDT by Gritty (Climate hysterics shriek on. Loud and apocalyptic is the only setting on the machine.-Mark Steyn)
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To: 4Liberty
Johnson sounded like a complete psycho, from what I’ve read.

He was.

41 posted on 05/17/2014 9:28:24 PM PDT by Gritty (Climate hysterics shriek on. Loud and apocalyptic is the only setting on the machine.-Mark Steyn)
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To: mass55th
"Jeb Bush: I Would Govern Like Lyndon Johnson as President"

Oh no you won't.

42 posted on 05/17/2014 9:29:08 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: SeekAndFind

You mean the “Great Society” that Jeb Bush longs for?


43 posted on 05/17/2014 9:30:16 PM PDT by vette6387 (n)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey, Jeb Bush wants to be just like LBJ. How cool is that.


44 posted on 05/17/2014 9:30:30 PM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: SandRat

yes..and had JFK murdered to get him out of the way! wow! and got away with it!


45 posted on 05/17/2014 9:31:55 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: Liberty Wins

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.


46 posted on 05/17/2014 9:32:18 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Shame on Sam The Sham . . . Michael ScAM)
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To: dfwgator
I still can’t believe Johnson got away with running an ad implying that Goldwater would get us into a nuclear war.

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.

47 posted on 05/17/2014 9:34:22 PM PDT by Gritty (Climate hysterics shriek on. Loud and apocalyptic is the only setting on the machine.-Mark Steyn)
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To: Gritty; dfwgator
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.

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...

48 posted on 05/17/2014 9:50:59 PM PDT by okie01
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To: kabar
The 1965 Immigration Act is far more destructive in the long term than the Great Society.

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.

49 posted on 05/17/2014 9:54:58 PM PDT by Nea Wood (When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.-Sowell)
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To: kabar

Very true; the 1965 Immigration Act basically undid the US.


50 posted on 05/18/2014 2:05:01 AM PDT by Rich21IE
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