“We know that most people’s intentions are good. We don’t question their motives. We never said they’re unpatriotic, although they say some pretty ugly things about us. We believe very strongly in preserving the right to differ in this country, in the right to dissent. And if I have done a good job at anything since I’ve been president (it) is to insure that there have been plenty of dissenters.”
Lyndon B. Johnson; November 17, 1967
It seems like LBJ had a sense of humor at least. He admitted that you have to go through unpleasant times and deal with difficulties in order to preserve the right to dissent. He admitted that the right to protest is part of the backbone of this country.
I was watching the 1983 PBS film on Vietnam on VHS. I had to stop the tape and copy down this quote copy down this quote from President Johnson.
Three cheers for dissent! We need it now, more than ever. Let’s update and transform that 1960’s protest spirit. Make phone calls. Write letters. Give money to the most effective charities, if you have any money. Take to the streets. Bring it on.
Vietnam, a Television History:
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