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  •  He was filled with flaws, both personally and (10+ / 0-)

    politically.  The war was an enormous mistake and failure of judgment.

    Yet, looking at the leadership of that time, he did seem to thread his way through the political minefield and get the Civil Rights Act, Medicare and other parts of his agenda enacted.

    He certainly wasn't perfect and far from a saint. But compared to the other leadership, perhaps only Bobby Kennedy would have done as much as Johnson as president.

    Climbing out of the environment in which you are raised into a new world is complicated.  I'm not trying to make excuses for him. It's obvious that he had faulty judgment in many areas, but he did push that agenda through. And many would not have had the courage, willpower or determination to do what he did.

    I wonder what today would be like if a president would have looked at Occupy Wall Street and decided, "This is a moral imperative. Banks, the new trusts and monopolists of today, are running roughshod over our citizens. I'm going to do whatever is necessary to push through real reform that will reassemble this sector of the economy in a meaningful way."

    What would a president look like today who stood up and worked to disassemble the latent and destructive powers that be within our nation?  

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat May 25, 2013 at 10:04:20 PM PDT

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