The Impact: Vietnam and the 1968 Democratic Primary Essay

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“The Impact: Vietnam and the 1968 Democratic Primary” It was the late Beatle, John Lennon who once said that “We live in a world where people must hide to make love, while violence is practiced in broad daylight.” This refers of course to his distain of the Vietnam War and frankly when you ask someone who was a citizen in America at that time, you will most likely get the same melancholy response. For the better part of 15 years, the Vietnam War was at the forefront of American society in ways that were political, social, and economical. As time went on, public opinion plummeted, leaving President Lyndon Johnson no choice but to decline the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 1968 presidential election. As the Johnson administration …show more content…

and Mrs. Joseph and Rose Kennedy. While Bobby was seemingly bred for the political arena, his intentions were based in the areas of law, literature, and poetry. He was a graduate of Harvard and the University Of Virginia Law School. His first dose US foreign policy in Vietnam came when he was a part time reporter for the Boston Post and took a month and a half long trip with a group of Congressman that included his brother Jack and his sister Pat where they toured Asia . He first got involved with politics when his law firm was part of the Senate labor rackets committee’s investigation on Jimmy Hoffa and others. When his brother Jack ran for the Senate in 1952, Bobby headed his campaign and when it came time for Jack to run for president, his post was there as well. As Jack Kennedy won the Presidency in 1960, he appointed Bobby Attorney General and by that time, Bobby was as immersed in politics as he ever thought possible. His chance to run on his own came in the wake of the assassination of the President. In 1964 he left his post as Attorney General and ran as a Candidate for the United States Senate representing the state of New York. With relative ease he won his seat in the Senate and focused on the evaluation of the Great Society programs and promoting equal rights amongst different races. His stance by now was that America must leave, but with relative peace and with minimum lives at risk. By 1968, he saw the Tet Offensive

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