Wisdom from History – WHAT IF ?

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As a lifelong subscriber to imagination and (pondering), I’ve always enjoyed the question; “What If ?”

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As my point of embarkation this morning, I would like to turn the clock back to Friday, November 22, 1963, ..and examine the Question: “What if John F. Kennedy had taken Jackie to IHOP for strawberry pancakes that morning, instead of flying to Dallas?”

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 JFK, (in my humble opinion) with his popularity, would have unequivocally been a shoe-in for a second term in 1964.

Accordingly, imagine, and/or, (ponder) what might have been, ..if L.B.J. hadn’t assume the office of (P.O.T.U.S.), on November 23.

The untimely letter I received from my draft board notifying me to report for induction into the U.S. Army on March 19, 1964 may not have been necessary? As John F. Kennedy was not inclined to wade deeper into the mire of Vietnam.

Although Kennedy’s physical encounter with combat was brief, the aftermath of his encounter was dramatic enough to provide him with a life lesson that few in Kennedy’s bracket were advantaged to experience.

According to Merriam-Webster: “ad·van·tage,” (in context), A beneficial factor or combination of factors.

Question: What is the benefit to a person that experiences combat?

(Personal opinion), A first-hand experience in war, ..and/or, combat, allows an individual with (moral values and common sense) to avoid combat and war in their future.

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(Progressive – Liberal – Texan).

Lyndon B. Johnson had never served as president of the United States?

On June 21, 1940, Lyndon Johnson (was appointed) ..not (drafted or enlisted) as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve (USNR).

Reporting for active duty on December 10, 1941, three days after Pearl Harbor, he was ordered to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Navy Department, Washington, D. C., for instruction.

(Sidebar). 

No mention anywhere in my research of (training), ..basic or otherwise. (LBJ was simply appointed).

Continuing…

He began working on production and manpower problems that were slowing the production of ships and planes, and he traveled in Texas, California, and Washington, assessing labor needs in war production plants.

In May 1942, he proceeded to Headquarters, Twelfth Naval District, San Francisco, California, for inspection duty in the Pacific.

Stationed in New Zealand and Australia, he participated as an (observer), …

According to Webster: “ob·serv·er,” One that observes.

Continuing…

..on a bomber missions in the South Pacific.

He was awarded the Army Silver Star Medal by General Douglas MacArthur and cited as follows: …

“For gallantry in action in the vicinity of Port Moresby and Salamaua, New Guinea, on June 9, 1942.

While on a mission (to obtain) information in the Southwest Pacific area, Lieutenant Commander Lyndon B. Johnson, in order to obtain personal knowledge of combat conditions, volunteered as an (observer) on a hazardous aerial combat mission over hostile positions in New Guinea. As his planes neared the target area they were intercepted by eight hostile fighters. When, (at this time), the plane in which Lieutenant Commander Johnson was an (observer), …

..(developed mechanical trouble) and was (forced) to turn back, …

(Sidebar).

(In Vietnam, ..that was known as “cutting

and running” ..to save your ass ). 

Continuing…

..presenting a favorable target to the enemy fighters, he evidenced marked coolness in spite of the hazards involved. His gallant actions enabled him to obtain and return with valuable information.”

Question: How could that be, his aircraft turn back before they reach the target area, ..think about it.

Question: Why is it that wimps and cowards always seem to find a reward, while those who pick up the check get hosed?

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Lyndon B. Johnson’s great Society, ..never happened?

After JFK’s assassination…

(Source, US history.com).

Lyndon Baines Johnson moved quickly to establish himself in the office of the Presidency. Despite his conservative voting record in the Senate, Johnson soon reacquainted himself with his liberal roots. LBJ sponsored the largest reform agenda since Roosevelt’s New Deal.

The aftershock of Kennedy’s assassination provided a climate for Johnson to complete the unfinished work of JFK’s New Frontier. He had eleven months before the election of 1964 to prove to American voters that he deserved a chance to be President in his own right.

Two very important pieces of legislation were passed.

Question: Important to who? 

Neither bill provided any benefit to the majority of Americans.

First; The Civil Rights Bill that J.F.K. promised to sign was passed into law.

Second; The Civil Rights Act banned discrimination based on race and gender in employment and ending segregation in all public facilities.

Republican Barry Goldwater attempted to unseat Lyndon Johnson in the 1964 election but was soundly defeated.

Johnson also signed the omnibus Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The law created the Office of Economic Opportunity aimed at attacking the roots of American poverty.

A Job Corps was established to provide valuable vocational training.

(Sidebar).

(Government “superseding” personal responsibility).

Continuing…

Head Start, a preschool program designed to help disadvantaged students arrive at kindergarten ready to learn was put into place.

(Sidebar).

(Government “superseding” personal responsibility).

Continuing…

The Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) was set up as a domestic Peace Corps. Schools in impoverished American regions would now receive volunteer teaching attention.

(Sidebar).

(Government expanding beyond its mandate).

Continuing…

Federal funds were sent to struggling communities to attack unemployment and illiteracy.

(Sidebar).

(Government expanding beyond its mandate).

Continuing…

As he campaigned in 1964, Johnson declared a “war on poverty.” He challenged Americans to build a “Great Society” that eliminated the troubles of the poor. Johnson won a decisive victory over his archconservative Republican opponent Barry Goldwater of Arizona.

American liberalism was at high tide under President Johnson.

  • The Wilderness Protection Act saved 9.1 million acres of forestland from industrial development.

(Sidebar).

(America was founded without consideration or concern for the native population, ..accordingly “I personally find no foundation” ..for the federal government to spend tax dollars to protect a tree).

  • The Elementary and Secondary Education Act provided major funding for American public schools.

(Sidebar).

(Government expanding beyond its mandate).

(The education of America’s children is the domain of the state in which they live and the parents of the children).

Continuing…

  • The Voting Rights Act banned literacy tests and other discriminatory methods of denying suffrage to      African Americans.

(Sidebar).

(Government expanding beyond its mandate).

(Providing special treatment to an individual or group of individuals is “segregation,” ..providing special treatment to an individual or a group of individuals who cannot read and write for the purpose of voting is insanity).

Socialism, (in my humble opinion), requires “unadulterated ignorance” in the governed to establish. As an individual with even minimal (common sense) understands that there is no free lunch.

Continuing…

  • Medicare was created to offset the costs of health care for the nation’s elderly.

(Sidebar).

When our founding fathers penned the “Declaration of Independence,” they were clear by initiating the document with these words; …

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
The U.S. Constitution does not provide or (dictate) that any US citizen is charged with being his brother’s keeper.

Continuing…

  • The National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities used public money to fund artists and galleries.

(Sidebar).

(Government expanding beyond its mandate).

(Providing special treatment for an individual, or a group of individuals is segregation).

  • The Immigration Act ended discriminatory quotas based on ethnic origin.

(Another grand example of “socialists” dismissing the law to prosecute an agenda).

  • An Omnibus Housing Act provided funds to construct low-income housing.

Editorial: As long as an individual or a group of individuals provide special treatment to an individual or a group of individuals, ..that individual or that group of individuals will remain dependent on the providing individual or the group of providing individuals.

Stark example: Put a saucer of milk on your front porch at the same time every day and you will attract every cat in you’re neighborhood.

Fact: (Felis catus), is one of the most independent and self-sufficient creatures on the planet. Cats among creatures who provide for themselves are rated in the highest regard.

At least until someone puts a saucer of milk on their front porch.

Continuing…

  • Congress tightened pollution controls with stronger Air and Water Quality Acts.

(Sidebar).

(Government expanding beyond its mandate).

Question: How has that worked out for us?

Continuing…

  • Standards were raised for safety in consumer products.

(Sidebar).

(Government expanding beyond its mandate).

(One more grand example of socialism eliminating personal responsibility).

Continuing…

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50 years ago, (come 2014) the progressive liberal ilk in America won their place at the table by taking advantage of the indigent and disenfranchised.

Question: How do traditional values, self-reliance and responsibility compete with a free lunch?

Even with America’s national debt advancing on $17 trillion dollars, stupidity still reigns supreme.

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Black Americans have had “equal rights” under the law in the job market, ..in education, ..and in society for fifty years now, nevertheless, ..nothing (actual) has (changed) ..for the black American. “They” are still the (devices) used by the “corrupt” to maintain their chokehold on American society.

Continuing…

Not saying that this would ever actually happen in America, nevertheless, …

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“Someday,” ..in the future, ..an (individual), ..or (a group of individuals), would come to learn that they could “provide for themselves” and “their families,” ..with a (taxpayer funded) government “welfare” program?

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Question: What might become of L.B.J.’s “Great Society?”

Editorial: “Our” government has become nothing more than a scramble for tax dollars between (self-interested) politicians…

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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