Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Freaking legend

Hubert Horatio Humphrey II (May 27, 1911 – January 13, 1978)

The 38th Vice President of the United States, and twice served as a United States Senator from Minnesota and as mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Naturally this afternoon when I should have been working and/or doing uni, I was indulging in a spot of Wiki. When I read papers online I like to see who they're referring to here because chances are Wiki, the ... best ... website ... ever... will have it.

So I came across this bio of HHH here. He was Vice President to Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded JFK.

HHH helped drag the Democrats kicking and screaming out of its embracement of racist policies that disenfranchised African Americans in the southern states of the US. It caused some Democrats to leave and form their own party for a limited time (Reminds me of Bender - "with blackjack, and hookers") but they eventually came back, or joined the Republicans.

Here's what HHH said at the '48 convention.

"To those who say that this civil rights program is an infringement on states' rights, I say this, that the time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadows of states' rights and walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights."

Now that took balls back in '48.

He was a bit too anti Communist, for example trying to have even membership in the US Communist party listed as a felony. But by and large his heart was in the right place. Here's another memorable line that seems to sum him up.

"It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped."

I wrote something crudely similiar on a suitibility assessment for a job at work. I didn't get the job.

At any rate, HHH - a legend. And a case example that a politician can do good.

See his wiki entry for more info

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