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President Lyndon Johnson
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat 

President Lyndon Johnson talking about the need for Alabama Governor George C. Wallace’s need to enforce the law in Alabama. And in this case the law was a Federal court order that said civil rights marchers in Alabama had a right to march and that Alabama was responsible for keeping the peace and keep order in Alabama. What Governor Wallace I believe was trying to tell the President was that keeping order during this march would be difficult. And what President Johnson was saying was that he would help him do that in anyway he can.

The LBJ Library: LBJ & George Wallace- 3/18/1965

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Lyndon Johnson
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Lyndon Johnson vs. George C. Wallace was a mismatch at least when it came to persuasion. Because Governor Wallace was a master at propaganda and touting his own, well excuse my French, but bullshit. Even though I doubt he believed his own bullshit, but instead use it to hold power. But LBJ wasn’t someone you bullshitted without any response and LBJ would cut people off if they knew they were simply wrong. And tell them “don’t shit me! We both know better and tell them what is actually going on” and ask them “what you intend to do about it?”

What I believe happened here during this conversation between President Johnson and Governor Wallace at least according to the LBJ tapes, was the Governor trying to convince the President that he was limited in what he can do to see that everyone in Alabama can vote. Because he governed his own administration, but not all of the local governments in Alabama. And what the President said was “don’t shit me George! We both know who has the power in Alabama and that person is you. Now are you going to enforce the civil rights laws down there or, am I going to do that for you?

The LBJ Library: LBJ & George Wallace 3/18/1965

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If George Wallace couldn’t win in Florida in 1972, he wasn’t going to win anywhere outside of Alabama. Because Florida looked like Alabama, Mississippi and South Carolina culturally and politically in 1972. Not to pick on those three states, but only Florida has progressed somewhat economically and culturally to the point where you don’t have to be with the Religious Right in order to do well in the state politically. So if Governor Wallace doesn’t win Florida, he might of well just ended his presidential campaign then and there.
George C. Wallace For President

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The Democratic Party didn’t have a traditional frontrunner for president in 1972. They were out of the White House and even though Hubert Humphrey who was their nominee for president in 1968 was still running for president the Democratic Party was very divided between the progressive establishment that then in 1972 Senator Humphrey came from, the New Left in the party that I least call the McGovernites led by Senator George McGovern and the George Wallace Dixiecrats.

The New Left

The New Left

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Lou Gordon giving Governor George Wallace of Alabama a very tough interview in 1972. I just wish this video showed the entire video, but Governor Wallace again running for President this time as a Democrat after bolting the Democratic Party in 68 for the Independence Party. Wallace one of the last of the Dixiecrats being given a tough interview by a Northern reporter Lou Gordon who I believe worked in Detroit, Michigan. And perhaps the Governor was unprepared for it.
George Wallace For President

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1972 Presidential Campaign

1972 Presidential Campaign

Source: This post was originally posted at The New Democrat

The only thing about this video is that I just wish it was longer and we got to see a whole interview between Bill Buckley and George Wallace. Because Buckley was a true Conservative and he would’ve taken the more progressive or liberal stance against Wallace when it came to civil rights and segregation. Or least that it how it would seem. I even as a Liberal believe you can be a Conservative and still believe in commonsense American values like liberty, equality, equal rights and civil liberties. But that is me.
PBS: Firing Line With William F. Buckley- The Wallace Crusade

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Governor George Wallace trying to make the case that police brutality was just as common in the North as it was in Alabama. What he didn’t show however was demonstrators being beat up and beaten simply for marching for civil rights for Americans who were simply denied those rights because of their race and complexion. Or people in the North being hosed down by policemen, or being attacked by police dogs again simply for marching for civil rights that were being denied.

CBS News: Alabama Governor George C. Wallace on Face The Nation

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