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Lyndon B. Johnson - Prez when the last hurricane hit NO


Last Edited: September 21, 2005, 12:31 am

I've decided to skip the Kennedy Administration, the 1960 election won by Kennedy by a margin of just over 100,000 votes, delivered as needed far into the 11th hour by Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago, and graveyards in Texas, which opponent Tricky Dixon's campaign manager is said to have declared, "They stole the election fair and square." 

I won't go into the Bay of Pigs fiasco, in which the CIA and a group of Cuban refugees attempted to invade Cuba with the usual outcome of a presidential war. 

I won't go into the near-miss of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union, turned bellicose after Eisenhower left office thanks to the bluster of the Kennedy brothers and their determination to take a hard line.

I won't go into the Kennedy boys passing Marilyn Monroe  around among themselves as a sexual plaything.


Instead, I'll go directly to Lyndon Johnson.

Once asked whether he approved of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan, Johnson replied, "Of course I don't approve!  We still had one left when we quit."

Once asked to comment on the first US satellite, Explorer I, Johnson replied, "A basketball that goes beep-beep!  The only basketball that goes beep-beep I want to hear about is one someone tosses into the men's room of the Kremlin."

Johnson's our prez who created the Welfare State with his War on Poverty, much the way Reagan created a prison state with his War on Drugs.

Johnson's responsible for the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, a mockup incident to justify turning up the volume, contrast and color on Vietnam.

A surprising number of people in Texas continue to believe Johnson's also responsible for the assassination of the man who held the office he assumed upon the death of JFK.

But all that notwithstanding, LBJ was a roughly as good a prez as any of those after Reagan.

Further deponent sayeth not.






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ToddComment by Todd - September 21, 2005, 1:07 pm
I'm curious about the point you made comparing LBJ to other presidents since then. You have stated in other Blog entries that you basically withdrew from society for a long stretch of time, during which time you made it a point to ignore the "outside world".

From what basis are you comparing the job LBJ did to the other presidents since then?

Also, I guess with the official start of the "war on drugs" that Reagan started, and which you referenced, it became a "prison state" only for the people doing drugs, not for the rest of the population. Isn't that the idea?

Comment by Rip Snorter - September 21, 2005, 1:50 pm
Thanks for the comment, Todd.
Comment by Rip Snorter - September 21, 2005, 2:02 pm
My reference to the phrase, "prison state" originated with William F. Buckley, describing what was happening and what would happen to the country as a result of the War on Drugs. In my own State prisons are springing up all over the countryside. Drugs were illegal and people were convicted of possession, prior to Reagan's making it a priority. Enforcement was on a level with other crimes involving victims. The war on drugs changed that priority and the result is a proliferation of prisons and prisoners unprecedented in US history, in the history of all other 'free' nations, for that matter.

I was still keeping track of news for Bush I. Whether he, or say, Clinton, was a better prez than Johnson's entirely a matter of personal judgement. You and I obviously put our priorities in different places.

ToddComment by Todd - September 22, 2005, 10:44 am
Hopefully my questions are not too harshly taken. I'm not trying to criticize, if that's the way my comments were taken. I enjoy your commentary, regardless of if I agree or disagree, and had a couple of points that were intended to explore it a bit further. I respect your opinion, since you seem to reason things out, rather than just jumping to emotional conclusions. I find that concept freshing.

Comment by Rip Snorter - September 22, 2005, 1:19 pm
Thanks Todd:
Not harshly taken at all, your comments. I appreciate them.

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