Lyndon Johnson as visionary: Great Society, speech at University of Michigan


President Lyndon B. Johnson during commencemen...

President Lyndon B. Johnson during commencement exercises at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964 (Photo via Wikipedia, or LBJ Museum and Library in Austin, Texas)

May 22, 1964 — Lyndon Johnson laid out his vision of a much better America. At the University of Michigan Johnson discussed what a great nation in the 20th and 21st centuries should be, the Great Society speech.

This is the Lyndon Johnson speech Republicans wish had never been given, and which they hope to ignore as much as possible, laying out dreams for a better American they hope to frustrate.

More information from the LBJ Library in Austin:

Audio from President Johnson’s speech at the University of Michigan May 22, 1964, also called “the Great Society speech.” Audio is WHCA_83_2, photo is c387-8-wh64. Both are in the public domain. For more images of this speech, please see http://youtu.be/WqP037Pe5i0, which is B Roll of the same speech.

Full text of this speech at the University of Michigan is available at The American Presidency Project, at the site of the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB).

January 4, 1965 — Lyndon Johnson laid out the legislative plan for the Great Society.  Back then, even after crushing defeats in the 1964 elections, Republicans shared Johnson’s and the Democrats’ dreams for a better America.

Full text of this 1965 State of the Union speech can be found at The American Presidency Project at the UCSB.

From calls for international peace to a call for great expansion of federal support of education, to calls for aid for the sick and aged, is there a single area where the GOP agrees today?

How can we get the GOP to dream again?

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  5. jsojourner says:

    ::: applauding :::

    Your response to Mr. Goddard was spot-on. I still maintain LBJ would be a great or near-great had it not been for his militarism.

    Though admittedly, my beagle is not a fan.

    Jim

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  6. Ed Darrell says:

    Steve Goddard, striving to be Spiro Agnew’s Mini-me, has a chunk of snark up on the Great Society. My post went into the ozone of his blog — so I’ll put it here, as I lack confidence Goddard will ever get it out of the ozone, nor that Goddard could find ozone if he knew where to look.

    I posted:

    . . . which paid poor women to have lots of Democratic voting babies which would immediately go on the government dole and stay there for their entire lives.

    We really don’t need more indications that your views are racist, classist, and completely divorced from the facts, you know?

    What you describe was not proposed in the package of Great Society programs, nor anywhere else. What you propose was not a result or side effect of any Great Society program.

    See better details, at least much more truthful, here: http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2013/01/25/lyndon-johnson-as-visionary-great-society-speech-at-university-of-michigan/

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