Lyndon Johnson too

Lyndon Johnson 1964:


“‘In more than three decades of public life, I have seen first-hand how basic spiritual beliefs and deeds can shatter barriers of politics and bigotry. I have seen those barriers crumble in the presence of faith and hope, and from this experience I have drawn new hope that the seemingly insurmountable moral issues that we face at home and abroad today can be resolved by men of strong faith and men of brave deeds. . . . Great questions of war and peace, of civil rights and education, the elimination of poverty at home and abroad, are the concern of millions who see no difference in this regard between their beliefs and their social obligations.'”(1)

The above is one of those typical Amerikkkan quotes that does not include millions of Vietnamese as “men.” Statements of universal principle in U.$. history often hinge on who is excluded as not counting.

Diplomatic historian Randall B Woods explained how Johnson held this medley of views.


“Today I want to argue that LBJ and indeed the nation’s decision to go to war in Vietnam was intimately intertwined with their support for the Great Society, and especially their acceptance of the civil rights movement.”(1)

It was not only Johnson taking civil rights action at the legislative level in 1964 and 1965. In 1965, the University of Michigan abolished the administration position that informed white parents when their daughters dated Black men. The same year Johnson sent the first ground troops into Vietnam. Coincidence
— not according to Randall B. Woods. Later white backlash coincided with general acceptance that the Vietnam War deserved opposing.

The key was the radical Blacks like Huey Newton who saw more in common with Vietnamese than white so-called workers in the United $tates. The Black Panthers alienated the white liberals, who turned around to oppose the Vietnam War in order to preserve order at home. The “Great Society” went down the drain and Nixon’s “law and order” came into vogue.

The civil rights movement was a conscious product of Kennedy and Johnson who saw it as a means to fend off communist criticisms of the United $tates globally. It’s not that there was an overwhelming vote behind the civil rights movement, as Nixon(2) subsequently proved by taking the Republican Party’s strategy into the South. The Democrats’ conscious plan was why the civil rights legislation and Vietnam War happened simultaneously and that’s also why MIM has no patience for liberal integrationists uniting the “working class.”

It’s still the same thing today. The tepid liberals got their Martin Luther King dream while bombs still fall on Asia.

Notes:
1. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/118503854/PDFSTART
2. http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-06-24-graham-tapes_N.htm
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/us/politics/24nixon.html?scp=1&sq=nixon%20tapes&st=cse
Nixon in 1973 said it was wrong for President Truman to fire General MacArthur:


“MacArthur was right in saying bomb across the Yalu. That was the time to finish the goddamn left-wing, uh, Communists off but he didn’t do it.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/weekinreview/28savage.html?

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