Did the Counterculture of the 1960s Have an Enormous Impact on the United States?

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Did the counterculture of the 1960s have an enormous impact on the United States? The counterculture is known as the main cultural occurrence that began in the United States and spread worldwide. This countercultural movement picked up vast speed and became the revolutionary way for the people as well as the United States Government during the military invasion in Vietnam.
By mid March 1961 the John Birch Society had well over 95,000 members. This society was known as the despicable joke of the conservatism of the Republicans. Since the Society was taken this way, the feeling about the Society assisted in the defeat of the election of 1962 and the defeat of the National Election of 1964. The Kennedy Administration stayed fully committed to the efforts of the Cold War policy that was still in effect from the Truman and Eisenhower administrations. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson paid a visit to Saigon in May of 1961. During this visit he declared a man named Diem to be the Churchill figure of Asia. Kennedy’s policy against South Vietnam assumed that Diem and his followers needed to overcome and defeat the guerillas without assistance.
The United States Government looked at America’s involvement in the Vietnam War as the only way to put a stop to the communist uprising of South Vietnam. The Government of North Vietnam and the Viet Cong wanted to reunify all of Vietnam only under the communist rule. On July 23, 1962 Nations came together to sign an agreement to respect Laos in their choice to remain a neutral country. During this time the Mexican American college students were against the war in Vietnam and formed a committee known as the Chicano Moratorium Committee.
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I’m pro the 1960s and do not have too many negative things to say except that you can really see just how corrupt our government was during these times. If people did not stand up and speak up then just imagine how much worse our government would be today. If the movements in the 1960s counterculture never took place then where would our nation be now? I thank all of the brave men and women of all races, ethnicities, and creeds that stood up to give me the voice I have today. I would have probably been a Mario Savio if I were around in the 60s. So many unjust acts occurred and many were never corrected. The only thing negative I can say about the 1960s counterculture is that I do not agree with the drugs, free sex, nor some of the violent riots and protests that were held.
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