Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" Speech, 1964

As Official Washington's 'leaders' - read: CEOs - hype their plans to send US troops into war on yet a third front I must ask the question, What became of our commitment to "The Great Society"? Some of us are too young to remember, but in 1964 President Lyndon Johnson made his visionary Great Society speech. When was the last time we've heard a truly visionary speech from anyone in Official Washington?

"Your imagination, your initiative, and your indignation will determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth. For in your time we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.

"The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in out time. But that is just the beginning. ..."

Great Society Speech, Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964


Blogger Brook said...

hey marian -- great to see you post. i checked my hotmail yesterday and saw you needed another invite. i've been travelling and havent' been blogging as much as i should.

i love this and just want to add -- the last time i heard a visionary speech... sen Byrd. i wept. it sounded like someone who was doomed, but was going to go down with truth on his lips. so moving.

we not only need to take our country back -- we need to take our Enlightenment back -- our combined 500 years of intellectual history.

didn't we at one time hold these truths to BE SELF EVIDENT? that was the Enlightenment -- the pursuit of life liberty and happiness were a function of humanity and not the divine right of kings. holy shit, what have we become?

Wednesday, May 04, 2005 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Marian D. said...

Hi, Brook. I did get the posting thing figured out. Next I'll work on HTML. Thanks!

Friday, May 06, 2005 7:24:00 PM  

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