How "Landslide Lyndon" stole Senate race in 1948?
In 1941, Lyndon Baines Johnson ran for U.S. Senate.
Franklin D. Roosevelt made a speech on the eve of the election criticizing LBJ’s opponent, Wilbert Lee O’Daniel, nevertheless, LBJ lost by 1,311 votes.
LBJ alleged voter fraud.
In 1948, LBJ ran for Senate again.
On election night, September 2, 1948, in the Democrat Primary runoff against former Texas Governor Coke Stevenson, it appeared LBJ lost.
Then, mysteriously, a box of uncounted ballots was “discovered” in the south Texas town of Alice in Jim Wells County, Precinct 13.
Confusion reigned in Texas and by the end of the week, LBJ won by 87 votes. Both sides accused the other of voter fraud.
The FBI, Postal Department and other agencies were investigated .
Piecing together the details, the story emerged that during the tabulation period, LBJ’s campaign manager, John B. Connally, traveled to Alice, Texas, in Jim Wells County.
George Parr-The Duke of Duval, the wealthy “political boss” of Jim Wells County and neighboring Duval County, gave John Connally access to be present when the ballots were "counted" and the returns amended.
George Parr later committed suicide.
When the dust settled, the newly recounted ballots showed 202 additional voters, some of whom were deceased and buried in the local cemetery or were absent from the county on election day.
These voters “lined up” in alphabetical order at the last minute, signed in the same blue ink in the same handwriting and all cast their ballots for LBJ.
The New York Times published an article July 30, 1977, titled "Ex-Official Says He Stole 1948 Election for Johnson":
"The disclosure was made by Luis Salas, who was the election judge for Jim Well's County's Box 13, which produced just enough votes in the 1948 Texas Democratic primary runoff to give Mr. Johnson the party's nomination for the United States Senate ...
'Johnson did not win that election - it was stolen for him and I know exactly how it was done,' said Mr. Salas, now a lean, white-haired 76 year old ...
George B. Parr, the South Texas political leader whom Mr. Salas served for a decade, shot and killed himself in April of 1975. Mr. Johnson is dead and so is his opponent ... Mr. Salas said he decided to break his silence in quest for 'peace of mind' ... 'I was just going along with my party' ...
He said Mr. Parr ordered that 200-odd votes be added to Mr. Johnson's total from Box 13.
Mr. Salas said he had seen the fraudulent votes added in alphabetical order and had them certified then as authentic on order from Mr. Parr ...
Parr was the Godfather ... He ... could tell any election judge: 'give us 80 percent of the vote, and the other guy 20 percent.' We had it made in every election ..."
The New York Times article continued:
"The Associated Press interviewed ... a former agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, T. Keilis Dibrell ... He confirmed Mr. Salas' statement that the last 200 votes had been in alphabetical order' ...
Mr. Dibrell said 'Also, the last 202 names were made with the same colored ink, and in the same handwriting, whereas the earlier names in the poll list were written by different individuals and in different color inks.'
The final statewide count, including the Box 13 votes, gave Mr. Johnson an 87 vote margin ... earning him the tongue-in-cheek nickname 'Landslide Lyndon.'"
The Democrat Central Committee was deadlocked 28 to 28 on whether or not to certify the questionable election results.
John Connally persuaded Frank W. Mayborn, publisher of the Temple Daily Telegram, to cut short a business trip in Nashville, Tennessee, and return to cast the deciding Committee vote to certify the election results.
Coke Stevenson took LBJ to court and on September, 24, 1948, and won. Judge T. Whitfield Davidson ordered LBJ’s name to be removed from the general election ballot.
LBJ turned for help to Washington attorney and former FDR appointee Abe Fortas.
Abe Fortas persuaded Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, who was also appointed by FDR, to intervene.
On September 28, 1948, Justice Black overturned the lower court ruling, letting the decision in the Johnson-Stevenson race rest with the Texas Democrat Central Committee.
In return for his favor, Abe Fortas was nominated in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson to be a Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
During LBJ’s term as President, many of the records of his contested 1948 race disappeared.
In 1966, Abe Fortas accepted money from a Wall Street financier investigated for securities violations. Abe Fortas resigned in 1969.
In the Washington Post article, "HOW 'LANDSLIDE LYNDON' EARNED HIS NAME," March 4, 1990, David S. Broder reviewed Robert Caro's book "The Years of Lyndon Johnson":
"The slimy creature who stole the 1948 Texas Senate election ... Lyndon Johnson ... driven by 'a boundless ambition ... his career had been a story of manipulation, deceit and ruthlessness ... the morality of the ballot box ... in which nothing matters but victory and any maneuver that leads to victory is justified ...
Johnson ... stole the victory in the 1948 Senate race ... That campaign was an American classic ... Johnson battled ... a strongly favored opponent to win by the narrowest of margins -- the 87-vote victory that earned him the derisive nickname of 'Landslide Lyndon' ...
Johnson went through an equally breathless battle in the state convention and the courts to make his clearly tainted victory stand up."
In March of 2006, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott posted a column on the Texas State Attorney General’s website, stating:
"Voter fraud is no newcomer to the Lone Star State. Six decades ago, the votes ‘found’ in Jim Wells County’s infamous Ballot Box 13 helped Lyndon Johnson squeak into the U.S. Senate in that 1948 primary."
After two terms as a Senator from Texas, LBJ became John F. Kennedy's Vice-President.
Life Magazine reportedly was planning to publish an edition November 24, 1963, with information damaging to LBJ, potentially causing him to be dropped as Kennedy's running-mate on the Democrat reelection ticket, but Kennedy's assassination in Texas, November 22, preempted it.
James Wagenvoord, assistant to Life Magazine's executive editor, accused the Department of Justice of leaking information to the press:
"Beginning in later summer 1963 the magazine, based upon information fed from Bobby Kennedy and the Justice Department, had been developing a major news break piece concerning Johnson and Bobby Baker (adviser to Johnson accused of bribery and arranging call-girls).
On publication Johnson would have been finished and off the 1964 ticket (reason the material was fed to us) and would probably have been facing prison time. At the time LIFE magazine was arguably the most important general news source in the US.
The top management of Time, Inc. was closely allied with the USA's various intelligence agencies and we were used ... by the Kennedy Justice Department as a conduit to the public ... The LBJ/Baker piece was in the final editing stages and was scheduled to break in the issue of the magazine due out the week of November 24."
John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.
Johnson insisted Jacqueline Kennedy, still in her blood-stained dress, stand next to him to add legitimacy as he swore in aboard Air Force One.
As no Bible could be found on Air Force One, Johnson put his hand upon a Catholic missal that had been upon Kennedy's desk.
Shortly after, Johnson established the Warren Commission to "investigate" Kennedy's assassination.
The dailymail.co.uk published (August 8, 2011):
"Jackie Onasis tapes reveal how she believed Lyndon B. Johnson was involved in the assassination of her husband, John F. Kennedy."
During Johnson's term, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated, April 4, 1968; Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated, June 5, 1968; and the U.S. entered the Vietnam War.
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After World War II, the Cold War began.
Through infiltration and military conquest, dozens of countries became or aligned as satellites of totalitarian communist dictatorships:
The Gulf of Tonkin Incident took place August 2, 1964, after which the U.S. directly engaged in stopping the spread of communism by entering the Vietnam War.
U.S. forces inflicted over a million enemy fatalities, yet involvement by politicians thwarted victory.
North Vietnamese colonel, Bui Tin, received the unconditional surrender of South Vietnam on April 30, 1975.
Bui Tin explained how the protests by "anti-war peace demonstrators" was key to the Communist victory:
"Every day our leadership would listen to world news over the radio at 9 a.m. to follow the growth of the American antiwar movement ...
Visits to Hanoi by people like Jane Fonda and former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ministers gave us confidence that we should hold on in the face of battlefield reverses ...
We were elated when Jane Fonda, wearing a red Vietnamese dress, said at a press conference that she was ashamed of American actions in the war and that she would struggle along with us."
After the war, Bui Tin became vice chief editor of the Communist Party's official newspaper in Vietnam, People's Daily, but he grew disillusioned with Communist corruption and, in 1990, fled to Paris.
In an interview, Bui Tin stated:
"The roots of the Vietnam War - its all-encompassing and underlying nature - lie in a confrontation between two ideological worlds: socialism versus capitalism ... totalitarianism versus democracy ...
The conscience of America was part of its war-making capability, and we were turning that power in our favor. America lost because of its democracy; through dissent and protest it lost the ability to mobilize a will to win."
Commenting on this dangerous trend is retired Major General Patrick Brady, considered the most decorated living veteran.
A Medal of Honor recipient, Major General Patrick Brady flew over 2,500 combat missions in Vietnam, rescuing over 5,000 wounded.
As told in his book, Dead Men Flying, Brady once rescued 51 wounded in one day, flying 3 different helicopters which were shot up with over 400 holes from enemy fire and explosions.
Major General Patrick Brady wrote, June 4, 2013 (WND.com):
"The greatest danger ... the feminization, emasculation and dismantling of our military.
The two most important elements of national survival are the media and the military ...
We know the media are failing - God help us if the military does also ...
Let's begin with Benghazi. It is incomprehensible that any commander, let alone the commander in chief, would go AWOL during a crisis such as Benghazi, but he was ...
Unprecedented rates of suicide ... Cut benefits to veterans ... Quad-sexual military with all the health, readiness and moral issues that come with exalting sodomy ... Sexual assault ...
Women will be tasked to lead bayonet charges ... Billions of defense dollars are unaccounted for ... Christianity is under military attack, and Bibles have been burned to appease Muslims ...
Just as the way forward for America is a return to the morality and values of the past, so too must the military return to the readiness standards and common sense of the past."
A first-hand account of the Vietnam War is from Marine Sergeant George Hutchings in his book, Combat Survival-Life Stories from a Purple Heart.
George Hutchings wrote that on October 12, 1967, during Operation Medina, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Division, was ambushed by North Vietnamese in the Hai Lang jungle:
"Thirteen men were killed in front of me and countless more behind me. I was in shock; never had I heard such noise or saw so many dead.
Nevertheless, I returned fire and my M-16 jammed...We had walked into an ambush of an enemy four times our size ..."
Pinned down in the jungle on top of a hill, George Hutchings continued:
"We slowly crawled ... to see who was alive ...
The next morning ... the captain ordered me to water detail ... I cursed about the order and Corporal Bice said, 'George, I'll go for you' ...
Just after he left, a sniper battle erupted ...
By the time our perimeter was cleared, several hours passed, and I went to check on Corporal Bice. I found him - head and boots.
We knew his boots because they bore his signature. He had been hit in the chest with a light anti-tank weapon. My inner voice said, 'He died for you; Christ died for you ...'"
In 1968, George Hutchings was shot three times, bayoneted and left for dead, as he wrote:
"On March 14th I stepped on a pungie stick.
Luckily ... it went through the bottom of my boot and out the side ...
March 18th ... shot rang from the right rear. I hit the dirt. Was I shot? ...
Remembering my training, I didn't look at the wound, If you look ... you might go into shock.
I felt my hip with my hand and it came back bloody ... I was better off than the two men who had been directly in front of me. They lay dead ...
Corporal Ed Grant ... crawled over to me ... with a shotgun ... 'If you get overrun, you'll need this,' he said ...
Laying there with no cover, a machine gun battle raged just over my helmet ... 'Oh God, get me out of here and I'll live for you the rest of my life.'"
More than 58,000 American troops who died in the war.
The Vietnam War Memorial was dedicated NOVEMBER 13, 1982, to honor them.
George Hutchings said:
"On that wall is the name of Corporal Quinton Bice, who was hit in the chest with a rocket while running a patrol in my place.
A Christian, Corporal Bice had shared the Gospel with me, but I didn't understand it till he gave his life in my place."
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