Thirty-sixth President of the United States


Lyndon B. Johnson - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 - January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the 36th President of the United States (1963-1969). After serving a long career in the U.S. Congress, Johnson became the 37th Vice President; in 1963, he succeeded to the presidency following President John F. Kennedy's assassination. He was a major leader of the Democratic Party and as President was responsible for the passage of key liberal legislation in many areas, including civil rights laws, Medicare, a major 'War on Poverty'. They comprised his 'Great Society.' Simultaneously he escalated the war in Vietnam, from 16,000 American soldiers in 1963 to 550,000 in early 1968, of whom over 1000 were killed every month. He was reelected in a landslide in 1964, but his reelection bid in 1968 collapsed as a result of turmoil in his party, and he announced that he would not seek re-election. Johnson was renowned for his domineering personality and armtwisting of powerful politicians. His long-term legacy is hard to judge, as advances he made in civil rights and his powerful 'Great Society' were offset by the Vietnam War. ..."


Do Elections Guarantee Freedom?, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Nov 2007
Discusses whether democratic elections achieve the purported objective of "will of the people" controlling the government
"During the election campaign the prior year, Johnson had promised, 'We are not about to send American boys 9,000 or 10,000 miles away to do what Asian boys ought to be doing to protect themselves.' The fact that parents could vote for or against Johnson did nothing to stop him from betraying his promise and sending their sons to die."
The American Heritage of "Isolationism", by Gregory Bresiger, Future of Freedom, May 2006
"He campaigned as a moderate peace candidate and portrayed Goldwater as an extremist war candidate. Johnson ended up greatly expanding the American commitment to Vietnam, with some 500,000 troops sent to Southeast Asia. He left office in 1969 as one of the most hated men in America. He wouldn't even attempt to run for reelection."
The Ethics of Voting: Part Three [PDF], by George H. Smith, The Voluntaryist, Apr 1983
Examines, among other things, whether a libertarian can be employed by or hold office in a State entity
"In a war crimes trial, President Johnson would not be as liable for a particular murder as the person who physically committed the act. But Johnson shares some liability for a vast number of similar acts. His degree of liability for a particular murder may be less, but his range of liability is far greater."
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