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Favorable or Unfavorable #459: Lyndon B Johnson


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Favorable or Unfavorable #459: Lyndon B Johnson  

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Lyndon B Johnson (TX-D) is one of the most effective politicians in history, regardless if one likes him or not. As president, he's FDR's only rival for impactful domestic legislation, and some might argue he tops FDR. 

If not for Vietnam, he'd be a top 5 president, according to most scholars. I expect his reputation to rise as the Vietnam generation, and the generation of their children, die off. The impact of Vietnam carries over mostly in those who lived during it, while his domestic policies will likely live so long as we are the United States of America. 

Somtimes I wonder what a 2nd term LBJ would have been like had he stayed in the 1968 race. I've heard a few scholars mention that he'd have definitely outperformed Humphrey as Dem nominee. I tend to believe that, so I think he could have beaten Nixon, who had a shallow victory in 1968. 

His actions:

Johnson, Lyndon B. 1937 New Dem Congressman becomes strong FDR ally in the South
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1937 Begins affair with Alice Glass, one of his many mistresses in his life (none publicly known until after his death)
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1941 Active duty as navy officer during WWII w/o resigning his seat; Serves only 1 year and as Lt. Commander
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1948 Wins upset victory in Dem Primary for US Sen against fmr Gov Coke Stevenson
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1953 Sen Min Ldr
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1953 makes minority leader role powerful
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1953 backs Eisenhower on foreign trade
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1953 Leads defeat of Bricker amdt
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1954 opposes U.S. role in Indochina
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1954 sets stage for McCarthy censure
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1955 Sen Maj Ldr, arguably the most powerful to hold this office
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1955 passes his own program as new leader
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1955 Convinces Ind Sen Wayne Morse (former GOPer) to caucus with Democrats
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1955 Suffers near-fatal heart attack at age 46
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1956 one of 3 Southern Dems not to sign Southern Manifesto
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1956 backs deregulation of natural gas
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1956 Dem pres cand
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1957 engineers Civil Rights Act of 1957
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1957 promotes space program, playing a major role in getting NASA funded
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1957 leading voice for science education
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1957 calls for higher defense spending
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1959 helps kill Lewis Strauss appointment
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1959 strategy of not pressing Eisenhower on spending
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1960 role in passage of 1960 civil rights act
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1960 VP on JFK's ticket and after losing as a pres cand
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1961 Subject of efforts by RFK to keep him isolated from JFK, although JFK made efforts to keep him happy
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1962? Advises JFK that landing a man on the moon would one-up Soviets in space race
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1963 becomes president on JFK's assassination
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1963 Retains JFK's cabinet
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1963 Signs Clean Air Act
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1963 wiretaps MLK (unknown until after presidency)
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1964 Signs Revenue Act of 1964
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1964 Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1964 Signs Economic Opportunity Act
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1964 Signs the Food Stamp Act of 1964
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1964 Signs Gulf of Tonkin Res, authorizing military force in Vietnam
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1964 Declines pressure to make RFK his VP in 1964 election
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1964 Wins reelection in a landslide
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1965 Signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1965 Signs the Immigration Act of 1965, abolishing quotas
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1965 Signs the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which he proposed
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1965 Nominates Fortas to the SC
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1965 Signs the Higher Education Act
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1965 Signs Medicare/Medicaid Act (SS Amend Act)
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1965 Signs the Housing and Urban Development Act
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1966 His proposed anti-discrimination housing bill is defeated
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1966 Signs the Dept of Transportation Act
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1967 Presides as anti-war marches and protests become common
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1967 Nominates Thurgood Marshall to the SC, the 1st black SC Justice
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1967 Presides as urban riots increase
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Signs Revenue Act of 1968 to help pay for the war
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Announces he will not seek reelection after performing poorly in the primaries
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Signs the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Signs the Omnibus Crime Bill
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Signs the Gun Control Act of 1968
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Hopes to be nominated at Dem Convention should no candidate win on the 1st ballot, although he also uses his influence to get Humphrey the win
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Announces halt in bombing and nearing end of war in effort to help Humphrey in general election
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Presides during Tet Offensive in Vietnam War
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Fails in attempt to raise Fortas to ChJ; Fortas resigns and Nixon takes office soon, gaining two appointments
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1968 Presides during the assassinations of MLK and RFK
Johnson, Lyndon B. 1972 Reluctantly supports McGovern for pres, after initially pushing for Muskie in the primaries
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