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Barack Obama's 7 Nastiest Nixonian Moments

Honest Lib Wrote: May 23, 2012 3:13 AM
A purely hypothetical opinionated question for the older TH readers here. I've always wondered, if the Watergate break-in had never occurred, how do you think Nixon would be viewed & remembered (as a president) today?
johnm h Wrote: May 23, 2012 7:36 AM
Other than opening China, an essential and gutsy move he was a disaster, the last of the old line liberal Republicans, cut the tie to gold, imposed wage and price controls, import protection, expanded medicare and medicaid, colluded with Burns to inflate the economy. He did all this to buy off the left so he could bring Viet Nam to an honorable conclusion, but he should have known better. You can not buy off the far left any more than you could buy off the Nazis, or the Soviets because they are cut from the same cloth. Liberal Republicans never understood who they are dealing with, still don'tl.
Topeka Wrote: May 23, 2012 9:26 AM
johnm,

agreed ... but only if a conservative is writing history.

liberal historians would point to Nixon, cite these examples, and write of "back in the gold old days when conservatives were more progressive, not closed-minded thickies" ...

had Watergate not happened... Nixon would be hurled in our face on a regular basis.
Marc245 Wrote: May 23, 2012 2:13 PM
And Nixon resigned, rather than drag the country through a mess.
Like or hate the guy, that took real guts and a love of country more than himself.
Bulldog74 Wrote: May 23, 2012 7:01 AM
That's a tough one, I've always been conflicted about Nixon because of his political pragmatism and the complexity of his personality...he pulled off some amazing accomplishments (I still remember my jaw dropping when I heard of his China trip). But then he gave us the EPA, the Dept of Education, the national 55 mph speed limit...not exactly a model conservative.

But I rejoiced when he beat Humphrey and McGovern, and Watrergate notwithstanding, he was 100x a better president than either one of them would have been. And compared to what we have in the White House now, he was a regular George Washington.
traitorbill Wrote: May 23, 2012 11:21 AM
Thought Carter gave us Dept Ed.

Obstruction of justice brought Nixon down. But a far worse obstruction of justice by Clinton, was just about sex, we were told. The media want to be a political force for the leftist agenda more than they want to report the truth.

The problem with Nixon was that he gave us Carter.

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