He has no rival. No competitor, no one in the running. The worst, the meanest and the foulest was the nation’s 36th president, Lyndon Baines Johnson, who took office after John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963.
For starters, he unbuttoned his fly and pissed like a horse, we are told, during an outdoor interview, which is not inconsistent, I suppose, with his policy of keeping political foes in the tent pissing out so they are not on the outside pissing in. Otherwise he undid other buttons to rub the American face in his surgery scars.
The deadlier scar he left on the nation has not healed over in over 50 years. It was Johnson who force-fed America the poison policy of trying to deal with racial problems by combining them with problems of poverty. Such was his Great Society war on poverty, introduced in typically bombastic language before Congress in 1965: “There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.” And there in an instant went years of self-help black reconstruction and self-reclamation dating back to the great black educator-entrepreneurin the aftermath of Emancipation.
Johnson’s Civil Rights efforts to secure voting rights and other measures for blacks never seemed to be more than an extension of assistance programs for poor whites in Appalachia. The unique legacy of racism and solutions specific to it went into the alchemy of welfare hand-outs never to emerge whole again.
White liberals in and out of the Democratic Party saw Johnson as a hero of Affirmative Action that put race on a footing with religion, national origin, then gender, and now, of course, sexual orientation, as factors to consider in trying to improve social conditions.
The sockdolager came with the notorious “man-out-of-house (MOOH)” phenomenon that devastated the black community. A single mother with no spouse to help meet the needs of dependent children would require further assistance. In time, it seemed to black men that Uncle Sam wanted the black man out of the house in order to determine the very nature of the need at hand. The black man was needed just to be a single woman’s “baby daddy.” Not since slavery itself had a black man been so reduced in his very label.
Uncle Sam made a MOOH out of the black man.
Celebrated black economistnotes: “What about the decline of the black family? In 1960, only 28 percent of black females between the ages of 15 and 44 were never married. Today, it's 56 percent. In 1940, the illegitimacy rate among blacks was 19 percent, in 1960, 22 percent, and today, it's 70 percent.”
That’s making a "mooh" of a man. That is pure evil. That’s LBJ exposed.
That Johnson’s “escalation” of the Vietnam conflict was pivotal to the final tally of over 50,000 dead American troops, with nothing to show for it, is in turn nothing, nothing I say compared to the millions of dead black men over the last 50 years in the crucible of chronic uselessness, city to city, across America.
It is noticed, studied, documented the world over that marriage is one of the greatest deterrents to crime. Even BTK, the serial killer who terrorized Kansas for almost two decades, took time out to raise and provide for his family. (At one point, he went for almost eight years without a single killing.)
Johnson’s legacy is that American liberalism can do less for a black man than mere tradition can do for the most vicious in our midst. That sets a whole new low in the category of “worst American Presidents.”
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