Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the U...

Richard Milhous Nixon, 37th President of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I voted for Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972. I would have voted for him in 1960 if I had been eligible to vote; I was too young at the time. The voting age then was 21 years and I was only 19 & 1/2. Knowing now what I do about Nixon, I regret that I ever voted for him. LBJ was engaged with North Vietnam in the Paris peace talks to end the Vietnam war. Nixon let the South Vietnamese know that they would get better terms with him if he were elected in 1968. Thus the peace talks failed and the war dragged on, Nixon was elected, and millions more Americans and Asians died or were wounded before the war finally ended in April, 1975. That was an act of treason on Nixon’s part. LBJ had the facts and chose not to act. He should have acted and ended Nixon’s career.

When Salvador Allende was elected President of Chile, Nixon ordered the CIA to create chaos in the Chilean economy to decrease Allende’s support by the Chilean people so that Allende could be more easily deposed. The Chilean generals took the bait and installed Pinochet as dictator in 1973. During Pinochet’s 17 years in power, thousands of Chileans were disappeared, tortured and murdered without a trace. Now here in the US, the GOP are using Nixon’s Chilean strategy to reduce President Obama’s support among American voters.

For the relatively minor crime, nobody died, of the Watergate break-in, Nixon was forced to resign. Nixon was never charged nor punished for his major crimes, the death and/or dismembership of millions. The Nixon case is similar to that of Al Capone. Capone went to prison for income tax evasion; the government was unable to prove the more serious charges of murder and extortion.


2 thoughts on “Nixon

  1. No doubt Nixon would have done very well in the Republican Party of today. I was 10 in 68 but in 72 i was 14 and spent alot of time with a couple of friends working for the local campaign office handing out literature; humping boxes etc.

    Much that I refused to believe about him then as a child has been shown to be true and I now see him in a much different light. But then i see everything differently since I began to become a Liberal (not to be defined by any definition of that label yet coined).

    Your post just further reinforces the picture I have since formed of a troubled; grasping man; thirsting for power and willing to do anything to get it.
    A paranoid man whose ruthlessness knew no bounds. Actually, rather like a madman seeking world domination in a bad spy movie (or a good one now that I think about it)

    Yes it is now clear to me that Nixon was forty years ahead of his time. He would fit in perfectly now but forty years ago we still lived in a world where honor and integrity were valued if not widely practiced and Richard Nixon was a man who lacked both.

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