Personal Service Quality Insurance Alice Anderson”Bow” Williams INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE 808A E 46th, Austin. Texas 465-6577 ON LAKE AUSTIN THE PIER IS OPEN FROSTY BEER & FAMOUS FISH AN 3-9109 Jim Walls, Prop. Reluctantly with LBJ Thank you for the article, “What’s Right with LBJ?” [Obs., Feb. 16]. I was about to write The Texas Observer off as the mouthpiece of the radical, rabid, irresponsible left. My confidence is restored. Walter G. Hall has expressed what I believe are the feelings of many independent, non politically-committed liberals: the Vietnam war we don’t like! So far the “Ain’t It Awful” critics have not offered an acceptable alternative. Considering the present Republican possibilities, reluctantly, I’ll stay with LBJ.Howard J. EnDean, 5535 Sylmar, Houston, Tex. 77036. Proud of the President The Observer’s Dialogue of March 1 commenting on Walter Hall’s “What’s Right with LBJ?” did little to refute the article …. Johnson’s record is just pretty good. I hoped for better but I expected less. Even though I’ve no devotion or unabashed enthusiasm for him, I’m proud of him as one Texan regarding another. I wouldn’t demand he stay on as president if he wants to quit. Can you imagine the abuse all presidents are going to have this century? One thing more, Mr. Editor. You will notice that this pro-Johnson reader doesn’t call any of Johnson’s critics unpatriotic. No. I say they’re mostly red with anger. William Robert King, 2202 Winsted Lane, Austin, Tex. 78703. Give the Devil His Due I have been a subscriber to The Texas Observer for a number of years and have thought for a long time I couldn’t do without it. But I have changed my mind. I am not renewing my subscription this year. My reason is that I’m sick and tired of G.O.’s downgrading everything that Lyndon Johnson does or says. No, I am not and never have been a devoted fan of President Johnson’s, but I do believe in giving the devil his due. Lyndon Johnson has put through many measures that for a long, long time I have hoped and prayed would be passed. They may have been watered-down but to me that was the fault of Congress, which is filled with too many senile-old men whose faculties have stultified and they refuse to live in the 20th century. … Up to now Olds, [Don] Allford, Eugene McCarthy, et al., have not come up with any suggestion that strikes me as any more workable or will produce the peace we all so ardently desire. I am proud and thankful that we in our wonderful country have the right to dissent and protest against anything we feel is an injustice and an infringement of our rights guaranteed us in our Bill of Rights. … [But] I have about concluded that just “being against everything” has become a way of life for some people and frankly I’m fed up with it …. I am going to vote for Don Yarborough for governor and Don Gladden for lieutenant governor. If Lyndon Johnson is the Democratic nominee for president, and I hope he is, I will vote for him. Jane E. Howell, 2514 W. Clarendon Dr., Dallas, Tex. 75211. Miss Howell has subscribed since 1955. Ed. The Temerity to Praise LBJ It is not at all surprising that Walter G. Hall’s article in the Feb. 16 issue generated a medley of disfavor in some quarters. Hell’s bells! Didn’t Mr. Hall actually have the temerity to praise Lyndon Johnson as well as the unmitigated brass to insinuate that LBJ critics may be woefully wrong in some rather important aspects? Writing from a purely practical point of view, Walter Hall has refused to be sucked in by the wave of emotionalism and accompanying bitterness which has engulfed the thinking processes of so many good people in these trying days. It is obvious that Mr. Hall, dealing more in fact than fancy, is convinced that history will present LBJ in a much less harsh manner than appears to be the fashion among some of his more extreme detractors. Walter Hall makes a very strong case for more support for the President “during one of the most difficult and turbulent eras in our history.” To an unbiased observer it might appear that Mr. Hall is simply appealing for common-sense fair play in place of vitriolic nonsense. Certainly he has good reason to suspect that some liberals have become entrapped in a morass of determined vituperation destined to “out Haley” old J. Evetts himself. George M. Sammons, 4002 Prescott.I Dallas, Tex. 75219. Liberalism Is Dead It was interesting to read Walter G. Hall’s eulogy of President Johnson and the similar comments in your letters col umn by jingoists Wharton and Garwood to have devolved to charts and facades which purport to show that this or that ideal has been given bureaucratic form. There is not a shadow of a doubt in the minds of these writers that the establishment of “liberal” agencies or the passage of “liberal” laws has been of enormous benefit to the nation. Or, apparently, that the waging of a “liberal”. war has been based solely on bringing the blessings of “peace with freedom” to the South China Sea. I applaud these gentlemen. For they . have stated quite clearly what the hip-, pies, Dissenting Democrats, and confused, Republicans have been trying to say for many months: “Liberalism is Dead!” Liberalism’s demise began when it ern-. braced the draft and called for equal uni-: versal military slavery. A few deviated; and called for substitute slavery. The ‘ more cunning used the old reliable method of wage slavery. But all these liberals.’ heartily endorsed the growth of the state : and stood foursquare when the Unitect States entered Vietnam in support of Bao Dai, who had been appointed puppet emperor by the Japanese and was later reenthroned by the French. It never , occurred to the liberals that Kennedy’s: 15,000-man force was precedent for John-: passed their minds, like good Germans,. that Nuremberg was filled with men who kept charts and substituted them for freedom. They all believed fondly in benevolent despotism. I must point out the incongruity of your article, “How It is on the Right” [Obs., Feb. 16]. You should have titled it ,”How It is Elsewhere on the Right.” J. F. C. Moore, president, Center for Libertarian Studies, Box 2524, San Antonio, Tex. 78206. Thirty Pieces of Silver A beautiful article on Don Gladden [“Gladden and COPE,” Obs., March 1]! You called him an “unapologetic” liberal. My first reaction was to take offense to the term. I wouldn’t have thought liberals have had any cause to be apologetic un til What’s wrong with us, anyway? Are we masochists? Do we enjoy being the under March 15, 1968 15 Dialogue Some Rather Kind Words About L B J
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