Very good article on Nixon and his resignation post-30 years.
I think that the passing of the infamous date went under the media’s radar simply because it’s no longer the story it once was, and also because Americans are simply exhausted by scandal and the aftermath of political hubris.
Nixon is remembered for many things nowadays, both good, bad and just plain ugly, but at present he gets a fair shake and history looks on his administration more kindly than many of his fellow former presidents.
I had the pleasure of visiting the Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace on this past Sunday, the 9th of August. It was a small crowd throughout the day, with no media present whatsoever. Still, the visit was both educational and, at the same, time, strange and slightly uncomfortable. For, though Nixon created a powerful imperial presidency and a strong conservative base within the GOP, he also had the taint, as early as 1969, of being a president consumed with screwing his enemies before they (through his own perception) screwed him.
His downfall and the cover-up of Watergate by having the CIA back off the investigation, even in his own words (and the Liberia is full of his quotes and his ruminations on his accomplishments), is inescapable and inexcusable. Even his own loyalists and intimates at the time finally had no choice but to move him, as gently as possible, toward resignation rather than impeachment (which would have left him open to criminal prosecution for obstructing justice). Remember, by August 1974 he had lost almost all support amongst the GOP base and his conservative friends in Congress. People who had stuck by him under many conditions suddenly saw no way to stick by him once the June 23, 1973 tape was made available to Sirica and Jaworski, as well as his own insiders. When Pat Buchanan heard the tape (and Pat would have gone into quicksand for the man), even he had a hard time reconciling the evidence at hand with his loyalties and animosity toward Nixon’s enemies. In the end, he would not abandon Nixon, but helped convince the family (Nixon’s true stalwarts) and his lawyer James St. Clair, that there was no more battle to be fought: the war over Watergate was over, and they had lost.p>Still, Nixon will be remembered for more than Watergate (his prescience on China as an eventual economic powerhouse, for instance) and his legacy will endure; however, the taint of his misdeeds in office will cast a shadow over that legacy for generations to come (much as Clinton’s misdeeds will certainly follow his accomplishments into the history books). Nixon remains a giant in the political pantheon and his status, warts and all, will continue to be writ large into our nation’s history. br> — Christian Hokenson /p>
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?