Jeff and I, Homeless Dog, via the WABAC machine, are entering the United States during the mid-60’s, during LBJ’s The Great Society.
“What’s so great about the great society, Ms. Dog?”
That’s a good question, Jeff. We’re about to find the opposite. Let’s explore.
Riding on the coattails of The Great Society was The War on Poverty. Since The Great Depression, the economy had a net improvement, and it was a prosperous time for everybody. The poor were moving up and we didn’t have the homeless problem we had during the depression.
During the Eisenhower 50’s, when Jackie Robinson could play in the major leagues, blacks were moving on up economically.
About 1960, some of them moved into predominantly white suburbs into the middle class, in places such as Upper Merion Township, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. Some people just were not used to people coming into their schools and neighborhoods who looked different, and with whom they associated urban crime. Some white kids would poke fun at the black kids, but teachers and parents would tell them not to and explain why.
Blacks soon blended into suburbia and were accepted. After all, they wanted the same things — a place where they can safely live, worship and work. The vast number of blacks moving into the suburbs were self-sufficient, church goers, who played by the rules and worked hard and were responsible.
Although poverty was diminishing by the mid-60’s, LBJ believed big government, progressive meddling was needed to fight poverty and create a great society.
The result was the opposite. There was more poverty and crime and the family unit broke down.
Like any liberal, the stated goal is not what the underlying agenda is about. Blacks and others who needed help were pawns in LBJ’s political game.
Here’s what President Johnson thought about blacks:
“I’ll have those niggers voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” Lyndon Baines Johnson about the Great Society plan.
Lyndon Johnson remarking on civil rights in 1957:
“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”
Reconstruction gave equal rights to blacks in the south. Here’s a primer on reconstruction: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reconstruction_Era
The outcome of LBJ’s policies are criticized on a blog in freerepublic.com:
“As bad as his failure in Vietnam proved to be, the results of his Great Society Programs were far more insidious, deadly and injurious to our Nation’s psyche. The mammoth social welfare entitlement programs that streamed out of Washington did more damage to the fabric of our society than any number of Vietnams could have done. The irony is, that the segment of our society that it meant to help, was the one that was most grievously harmed. Of all those who fell victim to the welfare mentality, none suffered more than the black communities.
In the fifties, although blacks were still struggling for equal oppertunities and were on the low end of the economic ladder, the black family was for the most part strong and stable. Two parent families were the rule, not the exception. They attended church together, had strong moral values, and did not comprise a majority of the prison population. Compare that to the present state of the black community after 40 years of Liberal Socialism. Our prisons are disproportionably black, unwed mothers and single parent families are the rule, black youths without a strong male role model other than rap stars and basketball players, roam the streets and are drawn into a culture of drugs and crime.”
The blog goes on to delineate how LBJ’s scheme hurt the country, especially blacks — the legacy of the alleged great society.
“I don’t see what’s so great about The Great Society”, Ms. Dog.
It’s not. And since The Great Society another class of people were hurt — the homeless. The homeless problem is getting to be as bad as it was during The Great Depression. The homeless are the canaries in the mine, who will tell miners if there’s enough air to live. Likewise, the homeless population is an indicator of a healthy economy.
The word is the bird.
“And the word on the street, Ms. Dog, is that Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless is interested in a building for sale on New Falls Road in Levittown, PA near the shelter with a waiting list and the library.”