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  1. On the subject of people I admire, LBJ is one of them. Yes, the man had many flaws. He was a power player, but he wasn’t corrupt, at least not in the sense of money. Did he extort “favors” from members of Congress? Yup. And he got a lot of really important work done that NO ONE had done before. If it weren’t for him, we wouldn’t be arguing about Medicare or Medicaid because we wouldn’t have them. We would not have the Civil Right Amendment to fight about either.

    He let himself be dragged into the Vietnam mess … and he knew, by the time Garry wrote met him in Vietnam, that it was a disaster. Rather than try to fight that battle to the end, he took himself OUT of the political arena.

    Who does that? And anyway, having fallen on his sword to get the Civil Rights amendment pushed through, he had no more favors to ask. On many levels, he was politically finished. He had put everything he had into “the Great Society,” Medicare, Medicaid, the Civil Rights Amendment. He had done much of what he felt needed doing and he was done. I don’t remember how long he lived after that, but I don’t think it was very long. I’ll have to look it up.

    I know plenty of presidents who weren’t elected for a second term, but he is the only one I know of who chose to not run rather than make the state of the nation worse. Pity about that, too, because after that, we got Nixon and we all know how THAT went.


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