JFK was a conservative by today's standards! Read his first inaugural sometime (well, his only inaugural) and tell me it doesn't bring tears to your eyes.
LBJ might have been a SOB, but he didn't take any $%&^t, either, something that I have to respect. The 60's were something else, that much we can agree on I'm sure, at least.
My dear Freedom, I don't need to read J.F.K.'s inaugural address---I *listened* to it! Yeah I'm that old :-)
Yes he was very eloquent but an immoral womanizer. He cannot be compared by today's standards re liberal/conservative. Though a few of his ideas could be labeled "conservative" trust me, he was liberal to the core.
His foreign policy was disastrous (Bay of Pigs fiasco just to name one) and he was totally clueless when it came to fighting a war just like most good liberals.
Now, does that remind you of a certain recent President? Two peas in a pod. The only difference is one came from wealth the other is white trash.
L.B.J. who was a fellow Texan to my eternal embarrassment. He was more than just an SOB he was a ruthless, crooked SOB. He deserves NO respect. Read the books "A Choice Not an Echo" and "None Dare Call it Treason" if they are still in print. He also didn't know how a war was to be successfully fought either sending thousands of our good, decent young men to their deaths.
Not all the Boomers were low-life protesters. There were a lot of honorable men who fought and died in Viet Nam. And I never understood why the GG didn't stand up for them against the media/communist incited protesters.
The GG elected J.F.K. largely because he looked pretty on t.v. That was deep reasoning. Not
The GG elected L.B.J. partly by sympathy vote but mostly by a propaganda t.v. add with a little girl picking daisies while an atom bomb exploded in the background. He successfully painted Goldwater as an out of control warmonger whose finger was itching to press THE button. All that was a bunch of hooey that even a child could see through but not the GG. They elected that monster L.B.J. in a landslide. Deep knowledge?
The 60's WERE something else and very painful to look back on. It was when I lost all respect for the GG. While they *should* be put on a pedestal and lauded for their sacrifices in living through the Depression and winning WWII against all odds, their naivete in certain very important arenas was astounding.
All this was to point out that every generation has had its fubar moments (yes, even yours) and none are immune to stupid actions/reactions and we all have to live with the repercussions. Don't blame the Boomers exclusively for the problems of today. The problems are an accumulation of ALL generations not just one.
posted on 06/05/2004 5:27:07 AM PDT
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