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Fine Food and Drink for the Masses All our Famous Favorites plus . . Daily . . . Different . . . Delicious Lunch and Dinner Specials! We’re Great 7 Days a week. Plunge In. 1110 West 6th Street 11:00 a.m. till 473-0015 Will Johnson Bomb Civilians Next? At what point will Lyndon Johnson stop escalating the Vietnam war? He has now tested for more than a year what he has said is his theory, that bombings and more and more American troops will shorten the war and bring the other side to the conference table and peace. The net result is a larger and larger war . . . The Observer is told that behind the scenes in Washington this is now a seething question: Shall Hanoi itself be bombed heavily? Namely, shall the men, women, and children in Hanoi be made victims of our determination to force our will onto Vietnam? In God’s name, this is the limit. President Johnson has had a claim, however strained, to the patience of American liberals over his policy in Vietnam because of the irrelevant but affecting arguments that his war on poverty and his commitment to integration are good things. Democrats have detested breaking with him on the central act of his own full term of office, his bombings in Vietnam. The fact that the war on poverty has been crippled by the costs of the war on Vietnam, and the fact that the integration laws have been crippled by Johnson’s unwillingness to insist on their enforcement in the South, have weakened, but had not really severed the liberal Democrats’ ties to the Democratic President. . . . Lyndon Johnson has already scarred his place in history. Nothing can erase the stark disparity between his humanitarianism at home and his reflexive anticommunist aggressiveness in Vietnam. He does not understand the world; he brings to the turmoil in the poor nations a West Texan’s simplistic frontier ideas about man-to-man relationships and how to behave in a fight with the enemy. The past year, impressive sections of the best elements in America the people in the colleges, the leaders of the churches, the top leaders of the Democratic Party in the U.S. Senate, Mansfield, Fulbright, Church, Gruening, Morse, Clark, the Democratic Majority Leader there, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have tried and tried to make the President see that he is over-simplifying the issues and that his policies in Vietnam are immoral as long as he insists on having his way without real compromise. His responses have been complex, subtle and shrewd; they have been wheedling and threatening; they have not been straightforward. He has not heard these, the best people of the country, in what they are really saying that keeping on as we are, bombing, being more and more pigheaded and dictatorial about the fate of another country at terrible cost to our own young people, our country, and the people of Vietnam, we are betraying our own deepest human morality. . . . Ronnie Dugger July 8, 1966 Thoughts on Lloyd Bentsen’s Election Lloyd Bentsen’s victory was a victory of fear, confusion, and reaction. Yarborough’s defeat was a defeat of courage, patience, and enlightenment. This is clear. Spending stunning amounts of money, Bentsen hired pollsters to find out what the people hated, and then he hired media specialists to use him like a television actor to say to the people, “I hate what you hate.” He won because of this and because he convinced his fellow rich conservatives that he would protect their privileges and wealth. . . . Ronnie Dugger May 15, 1970 CONFERENCE ON LITIGATING CIVIL RIGHTS IN TEXAS STATE COURTS Jan. 25-26, 1985 University of Texas Law School Free Speech and Assembly Equal Protection Texas Equal Rights Amendment Criminal Law Economic Rights Registration for the two-day conference, which includes lunch, is $75. The conference will offer State Bar college credit. To obtain a registration form, call or write the UT Law School, C.L.E. Program, 727 E. 26th St., Austin, Texas 78705. SPONSORED BY: American Civil Liberties Foundation of Texas, UT Law School, Texas Legal Services Center, Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section State Bar. 44 DECEMBER 14, 1984