#AtoZ 1968 – “H” is for Humphrey

“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.

Humphrey
image from Wikipedia

Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr. (three H’s!) (1911-1978) was the 38th Vice President of the United States (1965-1969), serving under President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was the Democratic candidate for president in 1968, and lost to Republican Richard M. Nixon.

Humphrey was a liberal politician, and had a long career in the United States Senate (1949-1964 and 1971-1978). He was known as a great speaker, and he fought for legislation that addressed social welfare, civil rights, and nuclear disarmament.

As President Johnson’s vice president, Humphrey worked on behalf of legislation for the Food Stamp Act, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, funding for Medicare, the establishment of HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development), and the creation of the Head Start program. He supported funding for the arts and for solar energy research.

He disappointed and angered many liberal Democrats as the voice of the administration’s Vietnam War policy. With 60% turnout to vote in the presidential election, Humphrey garnered only 191 electoral votes to Nixon’s 301 (George Wallace got 46). Note: Nixon barely won the popular vote with 43.42% to Humphrey’s 42.72%.

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BONUS MUSIC!

Here’s the #59 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968

“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” by The Bee Gees

 

10 thoughts on “#AtoZ 1968 – “H” is for Humphrey

  1. Ah, yea……..it’s me again……..With the exception of Tom Jones singing about the Green Green Grass of Home, has there ever been a more beautiful song about Death Row and Corporal punishment than the Bee Gees laying it down for us?

    No seriously,,,,,,, i’m going to write now……..maybe……..we’ll see!

  2. M….After reading your blog, I was FORCED,,,,ok, ok I forced myself to do some research. Using Wiki, I found that the voting percentage numbers since 1932 are fairly consistent;50-60%. Of particular interest; in 1948 there was 51.1 percent turnout while 2016 was 55.5% turnout…HOWEVER…. in 2016, almost 156 million eligible voters FAILED to show up and vote. That’s disappointing ….to say the least.

    On a more personal note, please stop writing such interesting blogs; as a slacker such as myself has not finished all my blogs for the A-Z, and I require all spare time to be spent researching my own blogs! CEASE and DESIST!! (wink, wink, nudge, nudge……you know what I mean!)

  3. So true – we ARE one world, wouldn’t it be nice if we could all see that and take care of each other and the planet. What we need is for one super organisation to take responsibility for more advertising of love and peace and climate awareness – Amazon would be ideal. Can’t see it happening, though… Liz http://www.poetryroundabout.com (I’m doing Z to A!)

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