As we are about to celebrate our country’s 238th birthday, please remember that this is an election year. History has recorded many disagreements in our American-style politics since the country was founded. Our daily news is filled with members of both major political parties indulging in sniping at one another.
Despite the negativity, our politicians do manage to get some important things done from time to time. Fifty years ago, on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. It was a hard fought political battle and here is the President at the signing ceremony:
There is a current exhibit on the 1960s at the LBJ Presidential Library. Here is the Web site: http://www.lbjlibrary.org/exhibits/sixty-from-the-60s
If our 2014-style politics feel particularly divisive, let me take you back to mid-July of 1964 in San Francisco, when the Republican National Convention convened at the Cow Palace. Here is then-Senator from Arizona, Barry Goldwater, accepting his party’s nomination to run for President of the United States in November of 1964:
Our forefathers fought for our right to vote. The United States Elections Project recorded that in 2012, only 59% of eligible voters turned out to participate in that year’s election. Please plan to vote this November.