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Don’t Compare Nixon to Hillary, Mr. Thomas
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A few days ago, a Mr. Evan Thomas had an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal attempting to compare Mrs. Clinton with Richard Nixon, as if being anything like Nixon is like being the devil. It is a totally mistaken approach in almost every way. Yes, they are both human beings in politics. Yes, they feel and felt antipathy towards the press. Yes, they are both fallible.

But Richard Nixon was a star President. He had real accomplishments. He opened China, beginning a process of gradual free markets that brought hundreds of millions out of poverty. The opening to China also surrounded the Soviet Union and brought about the end of the Cold War in what was a stupendous triumph for freedom. (Mr. Obama has let that largely slip away.) He brought the POWs home from North Vietnam. He arranged a peace deal in that country that would have worked if Congress had not intervened. He saved Israel in the 1973 War by sending in missile-jamming technology when it was a life or death matter for the Jewish state. He made the first Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty with the USSR. He desegregated the last holdout school districts. He put into place major environmental law. He was the first President to send to Congress a proposed law for universal health coverage.

His inauguration came at a turbulent time. He left in turbulent times. But his gifts to the nation were immense. He was the ultimate peacemaker.

Hillary Clinton’s main achievements are a vast amount of air travel as Secretary of State with nothing to show for it, a spectacular record of helping her husband bully and mistreat women, making her surely the most anti-woman candidate ever. She also has a track record of breaking the law by erasing emails she was required by law to protect and preserve. As a Senator, her achievements were nil.

To compare this self-obsessed, no achievements woman with a man who genuinely gave us a generation of peace is deeply inappropriate.

Hillary Clinton created and was the center of the conspiracy to prevent the truth about Benghazi to reach the nation. It was successful — so far — because she destroyed legally sacrosanct records. Richard Nixon knew nothing about the Watergate Break-In until long after it happened and only joined in the cover-up some time later as revealed in his tapes. Nixon obeyed the law and saved the tapes even though it cost him the Presidency.

Quite a difference.

Ben Stein
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Ben Stein is a writer, actor, economist, and lawyer living in Beverly Hills and Malibu. He writes “Ben Stein’s Diary” for every issue of The American Spectator.
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