Clip from the Past: Lyndon Johnson

Lyndon Johnson was the 36th President of the United States.  He served from 1963-1969.  Above is a clip from a speech he made right before he told the American people that he would seek nor accept another nomination for President of the United States.  Listen to the Johnson’s words.  Do the words used back in 1968 still hold true in the United States today?

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16 responses to “Clip from the Past: Lyndon Johnson

  1. I personally do not believe these words have carried on to 2014. I believe the house is definitely divided against itself and I believe we are not united as we should be. I believe the government is held so high that they’re untouchable and that no one would ever dare to question its real reasons for anything. I myself believe that with clear leadership we would have the things that didn’t matter too but we don’t. I believe that we are fighting to catch an unreachable dream and it is killing us as a country.

  2. No we are not United at all….we still have problems we do not stand together we are all looking out for ourselves and our family. We look out for people we know and even then ur still watching it back. We still have race problems we have people that anything happens to a black person and a white person did it…the first thing they say it’s cause he is black. People need to stop making it a race thing and make it about did the person break the law was the person doing there job or protecting themselves ..we are divided as a country. The government is also held to different laws we have to b equal. We need to fix what they get paid its bull we have soldiers fighting for our country for wars that our government created and they don’t get paid a living wage.

  3. Soledad Cervantes

    I believe that was never true, because I don’t think anyone would be thinking of their country when they have a family. The sacrifices of a country is a burden on it’s citizen that we have to oblige by, not choose but have to because without support we end up with lost jobs a lost home and nothing left. Do I believe that we are still upholding those words today, no. We follow our news and we choose what we like to believe the people running would say they would do for their people. In the end how many people running for presidents, governors, house, senate still go through with their statement, promises?

  4. People in the U.S. felt very close in the 60’s. It was war time and they lost JFK in ’63. The bond that american citizens had back then is gone now and replaced by personal gain. Americans in modern times put others down just to get their money up.

  5. The last sentence spoken By President Johnson in this video is a vague reminder of the government shut down. “It is true that a House divided against itself, by the spirit of faction, of party, region, of religion, of race, is a House that cannot stand.” These last few words in particular stand today and reflect today’s government that is refusing to work together with our president. His last comment serves as a reminder of the importance for the House to work together rather than divided. I wonder if Johnson knew this was coming?

  6. No because I feel like the United Sates is divided. I really think that Presidents look out for themselves and not for the people. They just make promises to get into office and all they do is just break it. There is only one part that I agreed with him and it was when he said a house divided into race the house will not stand. I think race plays a huge part in our government and it shouldn’t. Due to that reasoning that’s why our government is falling apart.

  7. I don’t believe these words have ever applied for this country. The house and people are both divided. We have been enslaved into believing that politicians can change our world, however this has caused a rift by assuming that one political class is better. I wish people would stop picking sides and just pick an issue. Choose an issue that they feel passionate about and take action into your own hands. The people should not fear the government, the government should fear it’s people.

  8. It would be nice if his words did hold true today but unfortunately they do not. American’s are not united, whether it be citizen versus citizen or party versus party there is tension. Sadly it has shown throughout history that it takes great tragedy to unite the country.

  9. I don’t believe that what President Johnson said here still holds any weight. There is not much of a sense of patriotism in this nation anymore. There was the large explosion of patriotism after the events of 9/11, but unfortunately, much of that has already dissipated. I don’t feel that there is much of a sense of community these days, it seems to me that everyone is simply looking out for themselves now. The nation is very much divided on many things now and is experiencing hardships as President Johnson suggested would happen.

  10. I do believe Johnson’s words, ” a house divided against itself will not stand,” however, I do not believe that America today is very united. At the time of this video, the US was very much in unity, at least more so than it is now. These days, however, the people of this country tend to take care of themselves and not give a second thought to their neighbors. The parties are currently very much divided, as well as other angles of government. So, overall, I wouldn’t say that American today is united.

  11. As easy as it is to say that America is not united by naming certain events. I will go to say that the people of America are more united than they have ever been before. For example, nowadays there is no segregation like there was during the civil rights era. Even more recently, we can say gay marriage. Only ten years ago it would have been considered taboo but now I’d say a majority of America thinks that it is acceptable. The people of America are all different but I believe that our thinking and way of life are all becoming more united

  12. No I do not think his words hold true today. America is definitely divided within itself. There are many things that America does not stand together on. I also think that they were in a time period where people would look out for one another but nowadays that does not hold true.

  13. Brandon Campbell

    Its hard to tell if America stands together today or if we are divided. There are many events that would point to division such as the riots in Missouri and New York. We have also had events that have made our country come together such as 9/11. In my opinion I feel that these words don’t hold true today.

  14. The people and the house has always been divided. Everyone is different. I believe everyone needs competition, if everyone was the same there would be no point in voting because there would only be one party. The house has always been divided and it always will be.

  15. Rachel Vaselenko

    I think the government does stick together to not help us but only to to help us when its beneficial to them. The fact that’s he was part of many government roles goes to show that we can never change all together. I think the fact he chose not to run again cause he knew he would lose.

  16. I dont think so because I feel like the United Sates is divided. I really think that Presidents look out for themselves and not for the people. They just make promises to get into office and all they do is just break it. There is only one part that I agreed with him and it was when he said a house divided into race the house will not stand. I think race plays a huge part in our government and it shouldn’t. Due to that reasoning that’s why our government is falling apart.

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