Lyndon B. Johnson. Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908 – January 22, 1973), served as the 36th president of the United States from 1963 to 1969. A Democrat from Texas, he assumed the presidency following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1964, he announced his plans for what he called “the Great Society,” a sweeping set of programs that marked the biggest expansion of the federal government ever and changed the face of the US forever. He effectively cut the US from its European, Christian, Greco-Roman, White, Enlightenment, Anglo foundations. And with it, dragged Old Europe and the Western civilization to the abyss with him.
With his “Great Society” legislation, Johnson declared war on poverty, jacked up federal spending on education, and pushed massive new entitlement programs, including Medicare and Medicaid, which promised to deliver high-quality, low-cost health care to the nation’s elderly and poor. With the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Economic Opportunity Act, he hoped to help hundreds of thousands of men and women break the poverty cycle by helping them develop job skills, further their education and find work. With the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act, he declared that “the arts and humanities belong to all the people of the United States” and the law established endowments for the study of humanities and fund and support cultural organizations such as museums, libraries, public television, public radio and public archives. The Housing and Urban Development Act provided federal funds to cities for urban renewal and development and easier access to home mortgages and a rent-subsidy program for Americans who qualified for public housing. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act guaranteed federal funding for education in school districts whose student majority was low-income. It also funded preschool programs, supported school libraries, purchased school textbooks and provided special education services. With all this, Johnson turned the US toward social democracy and in the path to socialism. Marxist ideologues at universities had now the funds, and the people, needed to indoctrinate and infiltrate in the following years all institutions, public and private.
But his most damaging legislative act was the passage of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. At the time, immigration was based on the national-origins quota system in place since the 1920s, under which each nationality was assigned a quota based on its representation in past U.S. census figures. The civil rights movement’s focus on equal treatment regardless of race or nationality led many to view the quota system as backward and discriminatory. During Congressional debates, a number of experts testified that little would effectively change under the reformed legislation, and it was seen more as a matter of principle to have a more open policy. Indeed, on signing the act into law in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson stated that the act “is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not reshape the structure of our daily lives or add importantly to either our wealth or our power.” In reality, the passage of this legislation completely changed the face of America. It opened the doors to people from all nations, prohibiting discrimination based on national origin, abolishing the earlier quota system based on national origin. Immigrants from Asia and Africa now had the same chances to immigrate to the U.S. as immigrants from Western Europe. Since then, the nation’s foreign-born population has grown from 9.6 million in 1965 to 45 million in 2015, with about half coming from Latin America and a quarter from Asia. As a direct result, the US’s population was one-third minority in 2009, and is on track for a non-White majority by 2042.
When Republican Richard Nixon succeeded Johnson, as president after the 1968 election, he continued and even expanded many of the Great Society programs despite being from a different political party. The destiny of the US was sealed.