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The Johnson Treatment at Work

LBJ worked closely with civil rights leaders… despite attempts of late to portray him as a vile racist.  The Johnson treatment always started with a cause Johnson cared deeply about. More than Kennedy imagined, his successor pressed for equal rights- forcing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in less than 100 days.

Consulting with MLK in 1964

Consulting with MLK in 1964

 

Johnson always kept his house in order… Arguably the most powerful and effective Majority leader in the history of the US Senate, no one rallied the troops like LBJ.

Schooling the Jr. Senator from Massachucetts in 1957

Schooling the Jr. Senator from Massachusetts in 1957

 

Twisting arms was sport to Johnson… and he never shied away from confrontation.  His battles with conservative Southern Democrats were some of the nastiest in the political records- LBJ usually got his way….

Crushing civil rights opponent Richard Russell of Georgia.

Crushing civil rights opponent Richard Russell of Georgia.

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Actions Must Speak Louder….

Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964…. the most significant piece of civil rights legislation in our history.  No President in the 20th century more eloquently expressed the fight for civil rights as Johnson did in 1965,

“There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem. And we are met here tonight as Americans—not as Democrats or Republicans—we are met here as Americans to solve that problem.”

A noble gesture

A noble gesture

Johnson also signed the Voting Rights Act… in 1965.  Johnson’s administration created the Department of Housing and Urban Development to oversee equality in public housing and all his Great Society programs were color blind.  He appointed Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court in 1967.  Johnson acted where his predecessors had only given lip service to the issue of civil rights.  Yet, his legacy is in doubt today, largely due to his off-color language and perceived personal prejudice. 

"I will have your support."

“I will have your support.”

Conservatives cite Johnson’s racial feelings... as proof that Democrats have never cared about minorities; that the GOP remains the party of Lincoln, the true civil rights champion.  Johnson’s civil rights record is just another conspiracy to dupe the ignorant masses into voting Democratic.  Reconciling personal feelings with our public actions has never been an easy task.  The 24 hour news cycle is driven by a culture dependent on sound bytes as the only acceptable measure of public figures.  Perhaps it’s time we start judging a person’s actions rather than snippets of their personal conversations…?

 

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History Reveals True Colors

Nixon apologists were hoping the new renovations to his Presidential library… would shift the historical discourse about his presidency.  In the best case, a new appreciation of Nixon’s foreign policy record would counter the voluminous accounts of his abuse of power and deceit.

Keeping copious notes

Keeping copious notes

New revelations from the handwritten notes of long-time Nixon aide HR Haldeman… expose Nixon’s nefarious political character before he gained the power of the Presidency.

"Of course I didn't"

“Of course I didn’t”

 

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Weekly History News Roundup

Roman jewelry discovered under British storeartifacts remained undisturbed since 61AD

 

Stonehenge was once a circle… dry weather exposes locations of missing stones

 

DNA suggests tuberculosis carried by seals… migratory patterns brought disease before arrival of Columbus

 

LBJ used FBI to find information on actorGeorge Hamilton was dating Johnson’s daughter

 

ISIS raiding Syrian antiquities… terrorist group profiting from sales of artifacts

Hoover looked for dirt on Hamilton - LBJ's daughter could only smile.

Hoover looked for dirt on Hamilton – LBJ’s daughter could only smile.

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The Johnson Treatment at Work

LBJ worked closely with civil rights leaders… despite attempts of late to portray him as a vile racist.  The Johnson treatment always started with a cause Johnson cared deeply about. More than Kennedy imagined, his successor pressed for equal rights- forcing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in less than 100 days.

Consulting with MLK in 1964

Consulting with MLK in 1964

 

Johnson always kept his house in order… Arguably the most powerful and effective Majority leader in the history of the US Senate, no one rallied the troops like LBJ.

Schooling the Jr. Senator from Massachucetts in 1957

Schooling the Jr. Senator from Massachusetts in 1957

 

Twisting arms was sport to Johnson… and he never shied away from confrontation.  His battles with conservative Southern Democrats were some of the nastiest in the political records- LBJ usually got his way….

Crushing civil rights opponent Richard Russell of Georgia.

Crushing civil rights opponent Richard Russell of Georgia.

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Actions Must Speak Louder….

Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964…. the most significant piece of civil rights legislation in our history.  No President in the 20th century more eloquently expressed the fight for civil rights as Johnson did in 1965,

“There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem. And we are met here tonight as Americans—not as Democrats or Republicans—we are met here as Americans to solve that problem.”

A noble gesture

A noble gesture

Johnson also signed the Voting Rights Act… in 1965.  Johnson’s administration created the Department of Housing and Urban Development to oversee equality in public housing and all his Great Society programs were color blind.  He appointed Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court in 1967.  Johnson acted where his predecessors had only given lip service to the issue of civil rights.  Yet, his legacy is in doubt today, largely due to his off-color language and perceived personal prejudice. 

"I will have your support."

“I will have your support.”

Conservatives cite Johnson’s racial feelings... as proof that Democrats have never cared about minorities; that the GOP remains the party of Lincoln, the true civil rights champion.  Johnson’s civil rights record is just another conspiracy to dupe the ignorant masses into voting Democratic.  Reconciling personal feelings with our public actions has never been an easy task.  The 24 hour news cycle is driven by a culture dependent on sound bytes as the only acceptable measure of public figures.  Perhaps it’s time we start judging a person’s actions rather than snippets of their personal conversations…?

 

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Ramblings of an Antiquated Mind

Long weekends always let the mind wander…

  • If Santorum hasn’t judged the adequacy of your faith yet, be patient as he works through the backlog….
  • Does it matter that the Presidents we honor didn’t want their birthdays to be holidays?
  • The irony of Las Vegas- a city built upon taking money that people have to spend there to have a good time.
  • There are Mormon and evangelical churches in Las Vegas….why?  If they reform the city, it will cease to exist.
  •  People who hate Lyndon Johnson, don’t really understand him
  • Charter schools work
  • Henry Clay flip-flopped in the middle of the 1844 campaign- makes Mitt Romney seem rock solid.
  • Jennifer Aniston is a size 0 –  Marilyn Monroe was a size 12…..which is preferable ?
  • Sinatra, Martin, Davis  –  Clooney, Pitt, Damon  …   is there a comparison here?
  • Las Vegas is not for children
  • Stop apologizing for America 
  • De Gaulle complained about American Vietnam policy, hinted at removing US troops from Europe–LBJ’s response,  “should we dig up the dead ones and bring them home too?” 

I will have your support.....

 

 

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