Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Hey, hey, LBJ...

It's been a long and exciting night listening to the Presidential election ending of course with a result that is clearly welcome far beyond the US borders . One of the things that struck me most was how the electorate appeared far less polarised than I have ever been conscious of before, which seems to bode well for democracy and not just inside America.

Over here President Johnson is largely remembered for the terrible obscenity that was the Vietnam War. So it's worth remembering the very significant contribution he made to confronting the racial discrimination that was so deeply entrenched in the US in the 1960s; in many ways that period provided the springboard for today's historic event.

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