It was the political ad run on behalf of Lyndon Johnson against the extremism of Barry Goldwater. It showed a sweat little girl picking the pedals off of a daisy with a menacing atom mushroom cloud hanging in the background.

Goldwater downplayed the seriousness of nuclear war. This Democratic ad, in no uncertain terms, reminded voters what was at stake with devastating affect in 1964 presidential election outcome. Goldwater was of course trounced. Only the suicidal South backed the crazy forerunner of Trump.

I was wondering if the Democrats would do a modern version of this ad even before Politico came out recently with a major piece on it in regard to the Trump-Clinton clash in November.

Experts say the chances for deliberate or accidental all out nuclear war is even greater today than it was back in 1964. Yet because of the phrase,“end of the cold war,” people are lulled into thinking that just the opposite is true.

The reality is that with tens of thousands of nuclear tipped missiles on hair-trigger alert, we humans are always only one slight miscalculation away from total extinction.

Therefore it would be good for the Democrats to wake folks up as to this truth by underlining the added danger that a Trump presidency would bring to the nuclear threat.

Naturally the suicidal South, no matter what, will once again, no doubt, ignore danger and vote for the crazy candidate.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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