Feels like 1968, all over again


Members of Congress are getting ready to pass the biggest health care plan that this country has seen, since Medicare. It has not been smooth sailing, however, for the president as he has experienced a significant drop in his approval numbers. Much of the disapproval is from the right wing of the Republican Party, as expected. However, the left wing of the Democratic Party is getting louder trying to push for a public option. Many on the left who are heavily criticizing the plan in the Senate include former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, radio and MSNBC television host Ed Shultz have been vocal in “killing the bill”. They have been on the record as saying that this bill is a gift to the insurance companies and Wall St. investors.

This all sounds too familiar. Back in 1968, President Lyndon Johnson received heat from the left on the war in Vietnam, civil rights, just to name a few. In fact, the heat was so great that Lyndon B. Johnson decided not to run for another term. This led to Robert F. Kennedy to run for the highest office of the land, but when he clinched the nomination he was shot and killed. Two months earlier, the greatest civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., met the same fate.

These actions led to rioting in the streets, and violence. One such event that ended in violence was the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, 1968. Americans had enough and turned their backs on liberals. Nixon won the Office of the Presidency that year, ushering in the Conservative era.

George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”



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