The rule of the majority is an essential element of the American political experience.

The rule of the majority is an essential element of the American political experience.

Vietnam War The rule of the majority is an essential element of the American political experience, yet the reality of American history demonstrates that ignoring the views of minority voices can create serious ramifications. During the 19660’s was a time of many movements, including the anti-war movement. It was the beginning of the hippie generation, the sexual revolution, and the drug culture (Bexte). In August 1964, after the North Vietnamese attacked an American destroyer, Congress gave Lyndon Johnson carte blanch authority to initiate troop movement into Vietnam (Bexte). Many hippies and young people opposed the war (Cherry). It wasn’t until Johnson began his massive bombing campaign against North Vietnam in 1965 that the Anti-war movement actually found it’s roots and dug in (Bexte). This is when the phrases “make love not war,” “flower power,” and “drop acid not bombs” came about. America’s youth began wanting answers; after all they were the ones dying for our country. They wanted to know why the peace talks were failing and what exactly they were fighting for. Many musicians such as Jimi Hendrix and celebrities such as Abbie Hoffman began to join in the anti-war cause. Their speeches and their music reflected the anger and hopelessness that Americans felt over the Vietnam War (Bexte). Muhammed Ali was stripped of championship title for opposing the war. Even the GI’s stationed over seas began to support the anti-war movement however they could, By rebelling to orders or wearing peace symbols. Campus protest became a big way for students and the youth in America to express themselves and their feelings against the issues that we were facing as a country at that time. In the summer of 1963, the first serious protest against U.S. involvement in Vietnam took place in New York City (Rise). Many movements were formed on these college campuses for example; the Progressive Labor Movement, which w…


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