Lyndon B. Johnson

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There is no issue of States' rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908–January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was an American politician. After serving a long career in U.S. legislatures, Johnson became the Vice President under John F. Kennedy (1961–1963) and later succeeded to the 36th Presidency (1963–1969) after Kennedy's assassination. [1]

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  • And I just want to tell you this — we're in favor of a lot of things and we're against mighty few.
    • Campaign statement (1964), as quoted in The Making of the President, 1964 (1966) by T. H. White, p. 413
  • ... making a speech on economics is a lot like pissing down your leg. It seems hot to you, but it never does to anyone else.
  • At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man's unending search for freedom. So it was at Lexington and Concord. So it was a century ago at Appomattox. So it was last week in Selma, Alabama. There is no Negro problem. There is no southern problem. There is no northern problem. There is only an American problem. Many of the issues of civil rights are very complex and most difficult. But about this there can and should be no argument. Every American citizen must have the right to vote...Yet the harsh fact is that in many places in this country men and women are kept from voting simply because they are Negroes... No law that we now have on the books...can insure the right to vote when local officials are determined to deny it... There is no Constitutional issue here. The command of the Constitution is plain. There is no moral issue. It is wrong—deadly wrong—to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country. There is no issue of States' rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights.
  • We do not want an expanding struggle with consequences, that no one can perceive, nor will we bluster or bully or flaunt our power, but we will not surrender and we will not retreat, for behind our American pledge lies the determination and resources, I believe, of all of the American nation.
  • I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle.
    • News Conference (28 July 1965)
I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle.
  • We know that most people's intentions are good. We don't question their motives, we've never said they're unpatriotic. Although they say some pretty ugly things about us. And we believe very strongly on preserving the right to differ in this country, and the right to dissent, and if I have done a good job of anything since I've been president, it's to insure that there are plenty of dissenters.
  • It’s probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.
  • Ford's economics are the worst thing that's happened to this country since pantyhose ruined finger-fucking.
  • Now listen, George, don’t think about 1968. Think about 1988. You and me, we’ll be dead and gone, then, George. [...] What do you want left after you, when you die? Do you want a great big marble monument that reads, ‘George Wallace: He Built.’ Or do you want a little piece of pine board lying across that harsh caliche soil that reads, ‘George Wallace: He Hated.'
    • Popular anecdote from meeting with Alabama Governor George Wallace, 13 March 1965
  • "I knew from the start that I was bound to be crucifed either way I moved. If I left the woman I really loved-the Great Society-in order to get involved in that bitch of a war on the other side of the world, then I would lose everything at home. All my programs…. But if I left that war and let the Communists take over South Vietnam, then I would be seen as a coward and my nation would be seen as an appeaser and we would both find it impossible to accomplish anything for anybody anywhere on the entire globe."
    • faculty.plattsburgh.edu/john.stubbs/pw/page3.html

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  • The Democratic party at its worst, is still far better than the Republican party at its best.
  • Don't spit in the soup. We've all got to eat.
  • Don't worry son. It's my prerogative.
    • Speaking to Secret Service Agent who was shielding him outdoors while he was urinating, after urinating on his leg.
  • Education is equipping our children to walk through doors of opportunity.
  • Fuck your parliament and your constitution.
    • To the Greek ambassador when he objected to American plans in Cyprus
  • Frank, are you trying to fuck me? [...] your boys just shat on the American flag.
    • To CBS president Frank Wise, after watching a CBS news account of U.S. Marines torching a Vietnamese village.
  • I knew he wasn't an American.
    • On Canadian-born reporter Morley Safer, who gave the aforementioned CBS report.
  • I never trust a man till I have his pecker in my pocket.
  • I seldom think of politics more than 18 hours a day.
  • If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost Middle America.
  • If two men agree on everything, you can be sure one of them is doing the thinking.
  • If you have had your foot on the neck of a man for three hundred years, and then take it off, do you expect him to get up and thank you?
    • Commenting on criticism of rioting African-Americans in 1968.
  • If you let a bully come into your garden one day, the next day he'll be up on your porch, and the day after that he'll rape your wife in your own bed.
  • My generals are always right about other people's wars and wrong about our own.
  • We have just lost the South for a generation.
    • To an aide, upon having signed the Civil Rights Act.
  • We learned from Hitler at Munich that success only feeds the appetite for aggression.
  • You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right.
  • You’re asking the leader of the Western world a chickenshit question like that?
  • You do not examine legislation in light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.
  • For this is what America is all about. It is the uncrossed desert and the unclimbed ridge. It is the star that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground. Is our world gone? We say “Farewell.” Is a new world coming? We welcome it -- and we will bend it to the hopes of man.
  • we'll pass any damn legislation we want, it's the Supreme Court's duty to declare it unconsitutional - l.b.j. as representative

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