Aug 27, 2005

Happy Birthday LBJ!

Lyndon Johnson would have been 97 today, Saturday, August 27, 2005.

The Texas Values in Action Coalition remembers some of the wit and wisdom of President Johnson:

"The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men."

"We have talked long enough in this country about equal rights. It is time now to write the next chapter - and to write it in the books of law."
– First State of the Union Address, January 8, 1964

"We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it."
December 13, 1963

"If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read 'President Can't Swim'."

"There are no favorites in my office. I treat them all with the same general inconsideration."

"Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact."

"The guns and bombs, the rockets and the warships, all are symbols of human failure."

"In the land of great wealth, families must not live in hopeless poverty. In a land of healing miracles, neighbors must not suffer and die unattended. In a land of learning and scholars, young people must be taught to read and write."
– State of the Union Address

"Nor is it the habit of Texans to look back. We have a tradition of looking forward and not looking back to see where we have been or who is following us."

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