With every technique he could think of ,Johnson sought to find consensuses, orgeneral agreement. Many of the ideas thatKennedy had had, Johnson continued with—Civil Rights Act and Voting Acts
The Election of 1964• President Johnson ran against RepublicanBarry Goldwater. In the middle of Cold Wartensions, Goldwater appeared too extreme.His slogan “extremism in the defense of libertyis no vice” actually hurt him. Johnsoncapitalized on his extremism—example• http://youtu.be/63h_v6uf0Ao
The Great Society• The Great Society was LBJ’s vision of the moreperfect and equitable society the US could andshould become .• LBJ =FDR Part 2• Far-ranging program of social legislation sincethe New Deal.• http://youtu.be/kx0K637mBVE
Great Society Programs• Civil Rights: Civil Rights Act (1964)• Voting Rights Act (1965)• Immigration Act (1968)• War on Poverty: The Economic Opportunity Act• Job Corps• National Endowment for the Arts• NPR and PBS• Elementary and Secondary Education Act
• Medicare and Medicaid Acts—aid for the poorand elderly• Aid to Cities—HUD• Environmental Acts• Consumer Protection Acts
Legacy of the Great Society• These programs touched and improved millionsof lives in the US. Many still debate todaywhether or not the programs were successful.• From a Liberal Perspective: government shouldcreate an equal opportunity—a basic level thateveryone gets to—health insurance, literacy,education, etc.• From a Conservative Perspective: anyone has thesame chance, we don’t need these programs, itcould create a dependency, it kills initiatives
• The Great Society does create bureaucracy—big government, and it expands the Federalgovernment beyond its constitutional limits.
• A lack of funds did in fact hurt theeffectiveness of many of the Great Societyprograms—When Johnson attempted to fundmany of these domestic programs theincreasingly cost of the Vietnam war got in thewar. In the end it will be the Vietnam war thatwill be LBJ’s downfall.