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  • Habit is not mere subjugation, it is a tender tie: when one remembers habit it seems to have been happiness.
    Elizabeth Bowen

  • Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.V.S. Pritchett

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Now I understand why the Robert Moses book is such a masterpiece. Thanks for the post.

Impressive blog! -Arron

"What I understand is power." Could the drive for power have been behind LBJ's civil rights legislation? The 14% of the population who were African-American had been members of Lincoln's party, their oppressors were the Dixiecrats who governed them. By supporting black causes, LBJ gained that 14% for himself.
And less definite was the vote for 18 year-olds. Young people tend to be liberal. They have not experienced the burdens of taxation and their hope for ideals of the future still untarnished. LBJ gained a great many voters (who weren't previously voters at all).
A great series of biographies of LBJ. I own every one.
Thanks --- Dan

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