Lyndon B Johnson
Lyndon Takes Over
The Great Society
The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
This amendment was basically a slap in the face to south, who for years stopped African Americans from voting due to a poll tax.
Vietnam and the Tonkin Resolution
In August 1964, two U.S. Navy destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin reported that North Vietnamese gunboats attacked them unprovoked. The American public was enraged and Johnson requested from Congress the authority to take “all necessary steps” to protect U.S. interests in Vietnam. Congress complied and passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Out of the 535 members of Congress, only two voted against this resolution, which was considered a declaration of war in everything but name.