Friday, August 05, 2005

American Values

LBJ, Certainly a man who had a lot of valid reasons for detractors. None the less this bit of oratory before the passage of the voting rights act puts forward what I would consider true American values. A tone and tack I think many would relish today:

This is the richest and most powerful country which ever occupied the globe. The might of past empires is little compared to ours. But I do not want to be the President who built empires, or sought grandeur, or extended dominion. I want to be the President who educated young children to the wonders of their world. I want to be the President who helped to feed the hungry and to prepare them to be taxpayers instead of taxeaters. I want to be the President who helped the poor to find their own way and who protected the right of every citizen to vote in every election. I want to be the President who helped to end hatred among his fellow men and who promoted love among the people of all races and all regions and all parties. I want to be the President who helped to end war among the brothers of this earth. And so at the request of your beloved Speaker and the Senator from Montana; the majority leader, the Senator from Illinois; the minority leader, Mr. McCulloch, and other Members of both parties, I came here tonight - not as President Roosevelt came down one time in person to veto a bonus bill not as President Truman came down one time to urge the passage of a railroad bill - but I came down here to ask you to share this task with me and to share it with the people that we both work for. I want this to be the Congress, Republicans and Democrats alike, which did all these things for all these people. Beyond this great chamber, out yonder in 50 States, are the people that we serve. Who can tell what deep and unspoken hopes are in their hearts tonight as they sit there and listen. We all can guess, from our own lives, how difficult they often find their own pursuit of happiness, how many problems each little family has. They look most of all to themselves for their futures. But I think that they also look to each of us. Above the pyramid on the great seal of the United States it says-in Latin - "God has favored our undertaking." God will not favor everything that we do. It is rather our duty to divine His will. But I cannot help believing that He truly understands and that He really favors the undertaking that we begin here tonight.

Wow, I could get behind someone who would talk and act like that.

5 Comments:

Blogger Average Joe said...

The ACLU just filed a law suit againt the estate of LBJ for talking about God while on federal property.

11:53 PM, August 06, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

:-) I'm a believer in the idea of a strong group to push for civil liberites but I agree with you that in some areas it is they that are showing no tolerence.

10:21 AM, August 07, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey,Ron, I thought you did get behind someone like that, but he (Kerry) didn't get to take the oath of office because the Bu$hies cheated AGAIN!
I think the ACLU goes too far sometimes, myself, esp. in regard to atheists having more rights than the vast majority that believes in a supreme being and doesn't mind voluntary public prayer, etc., but we still need the ACLU to protect our rights which are being steadily eroded under Baby Bu$h and Co.--DemoCat

5:41 PM, August 08, 2005  
Blogger Average Joe said...

Democat, you're are predictable almost to the letter. I could determine your views on any issue by consulting the DNC. At least you are able to admit that the ACLU is out of control and speak intelligently about the issues, but when it comes to Bush...

Our government and judiciary decided the election not some right wing conspiracy. Even if you don't agree with the methods at least it was decided by the government's duly elected officials and appointed judges. Bush didn't roll in like Ceaser and declare himself emperor.

Bush is taking away your civil liberites? Do you know there is an institution called Congress that also plays a part in politics. Some might say they actually play a large part. Ignoring every branch of government and focusing on George Bush is no way to live a life. Branch out, spread your black helicopter liberalism to all sorts of people.

9:06 PM, August 08, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And do you know that there is such a thing as the Supreme Court, of which Bush has appointed people to, in order to further his own agenda?

LOL.

7:55 AM, August 09, 2005  

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