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  •  Lyndon Johnson started Medicare (18+ / 0-)

    If Obama was Lyndon Johnson, he'd hand the Republicans their ass. Lyndon Johnson went far out of his way to fight poverty and to get medical care for people. Have you seen Obama doing any of that, or just the opposite?

    Obama reminds me more of Ronald Reagan.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 11:26:25 PM PDT

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    •  Lyndon's trajectory was downhill (5+ / 0-)

      The Johnson reference was not to his Great Society initiatives, Medicare, or his other domestic initiatives of 1963-1966.  Rather, it's to his decline.  He started out a great hope but he got carried away with his war, and put that above all else.  This turned him into a divisive character within the party, drawing his support largely from across the aisle, as well as from hippie-punching back when hippies first came into being.  In fact one might argue that the whole hippie phenomenon of 1966-1969 was a reaction to the war and Johnson himself.  He became the most hated man in America by 1968.

      So history remembers him as a tragic figure, one whose deteriorating mental health turned a great presidency into an awful one.  That's what I am hoping Obama doesn't become.

      •  I wouldn't want Obama to have that kind of (3+ / 0-)

        downward trajectory, but I clearly remember Johnson in power and he was IN power the entire term in office.

        Regardless of the public disapproval, he remained a force to be reckoned with.  

        Obama is a serial, compulsive compromiser.  He weakens himself with his own style.  He's compulsive about surrendering and stands for what?  It appears he stands for "making the deal," and nothing else.

        Johnson did become weaker as opposition mounted. His weakening was caused by outside forces opposing him.

        Obama weakens himself. His problem is internal.  Personally, I don't think he has any bedrock values other than neoliberalism and compromise / deal making.

        I can see a parallel if Obama were to become massively unpopular due to a war and cultural revolution, but we're so suppressed and repressed today that people don't seem to have the drive to a new cultural revolution.  The gates are not being crashed as much as I had hoped.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 10:43:01 AM PDT

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