Does Anybody Remember Watergate and Tricky Dicky?

Four decades ago, Republicans gave us a true liberal; Richard M. Nixon. He was a Quaker, and virtually riding on the coattails of  President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who he was vice-president to from 1952-1960.  When he ran against John F. Kennedy in 1960 he was beaten badly, and he was so distraught, we hardly heard from him for the next seven years.Then in 1967, we had the war in Vietnam escalating rapidly and President Lyndon Johnson, not being very popular, was deciding not to seek re-election.

So he felt he had a good chance of winning the presidency. Robert F. Kennedy, the Attorney General, enters the race as a democrat.  Now, he had a formidable opponent with a great following, who also had lots of people who loved his brother John who was assassinated in 1963. Let’s not forget his huge wealthy family backing him; nevertheless, with so much stacked against him, he enters an almost sure to lose race, and wins the Republican party’s nomination.  I know in my heart, he never would have beaten Bobby, but of course they assassinated him too.[This was my very first time to vote, and If I tell you I was disheartened, that’s an understatement.]  I was totally devastated. He did win the election, and was president from 1968 to 1974.

This year of 2012 the U.S. could not have elected a more left-wing president than Barack Obama?  Not true, they could have elected a Nixon. That’s right he supported the Clean Air Act, and affirmative action, he also established the Environmental Protection Agency. Also one of the agencies the businesses likely detests the most is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. [OSHA]. He bolstered Social Security, and issued a minim\um tax on the wealthy, and championed a guaranteed minimum income for the poor. He also proposed health reform that would require employers to buy health insurance for their employees. This was shot down by the Democrats; while today the Republicans want to get rid of Obamacare. He wasn’t a bit interested in the economy, and would go the extra mile to increase his popularity, including using public money. He also had no interest in overturning programs passed by President Johnson’s Democratic administration. This is a sure indication of how much the political center has moved in the last forty years.

The year was 1972 and of course it was an election for president year. Richard M. Nixon was the incumbent Republican President. He was extremely paranoid about not being reelected; therefore he was willing to do whatever it takes to insure his getting four more years. Thus a huge Watergate Scandal, which revealed the then President to be a dishonest, disgruntled, unhinged man who tried to coverup his involvement to the end that quite a few of his staff were offered as “sacrificial lambs.”  The only consequence for him was to have the disgrace of being The Impeached President, no prison or fines.

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