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    Well I think passage of the civil and voting rights acts, the creation of Medicare/Medicaid, the Great Society programs, immigration reform, gun control, etc.

    When you compare legislative work, LBJ is in fact a fantastic president. I care little about his personality, his presidency dramatically changed American history and saw the expansion of federal government.

    23, Male, LA-02, TX-08 (originally), SSP: sschmi4

    by Stephen Schmitz on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 01:54:07 PM PST

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      In 1964 the majority of the country favored progressive change and principled liberalism over principled conservatism and extreme conservatism.  40% of Republicans even had progressive ideas.

      LBJ destroyed that in two years.  LBJ destroyed the Great Society.  LBJ is more responsible than any person for the shitty/extremist/polarized/failed country, for progressivsm to be labeled "unpatriotic", for the military industrial complex thriving, etc etc etc.

      His accomplishments were great.  His failings were far greater.

      Mr. Gorbachev, establish an Electoral College!

      by tommypaine on Mon Jan 21, 2013 at 04:51:59 PM PST

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        He was a great domestic president.  The legislation alone he got through in 64 and 65 would have secured his place among the great presidents.  Vietnam didn't destroy all that, but it destroyed his chance for being a great president.  He had personal failings, but so did a lot of presidents.  I don't see how he was responsible for the "unpatriotic" charge, or the polarization.  The most heated opposition to him came from the left, not the right.  

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