- Category: Lifestyle/People
- Published: Monday, 20 October 2014 03:09
- Written by Doug Head
by Doug Head
FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS WEEK, the key Presidential election of 1964 was coming to a head, right here in Orlando. President Lyndon Johnson came to town. Lyndon Johnson had 'betrayed" the South in the views of many by forcefully advocating for the Civil Rights act of 1964 and pushing it through congress over the filibusters and procedural moves of Southern Democrats. Worse still, in the views of Southern conservatives, he was talking about implementing "Medicare" for the elderly and other things viewed as "socialistic" in Orlando of that time. Barry Goldwater had been reduced to talking about how he was opposed to the "extremism" of the John Birch Society and the Klan, and how the Johnson administration was corrupt, (his big evidence was that Johnson had a gay aide who had been outed in a DC park). It was clear that Goldwater was losing, but would Johnson carry Florida?