Nixon struck me as a very complex and flawed man.
- He gave us the DEA.
- He was a strong proponent of a universal inclusive national healthcare plan.
- He (& Dr. Kissinger) were very good at Foreign Policy, Viet Nam aside - though he did withdraw the troops, effectively ending the non-war.
- He began the process of restoring diplomatic relations with China - not an easy thing politically, after 'Nam.
So there's a lot to like & dislike about the guy, and I predominately dislike him, even without considering Watergate.
But, if he would've prevailed w/o Watergate, and maybe pulled-off universal healthcare (along with withdrawing the troops), I'd feel pretty positive about the guy!
Last edited by Chomsky; 06-07-15 at 04:10 PM. Reason: add china diplomacy
Last edited by radcen; 06-07-15 at 04:10 PM.
April Fool's Day is the one day of the year
that people critically evaluate news articles before accepting them as true.
vietnam and hearing that recording where he suddenly became interested in talking about health care, once his adviser mentioned the incentives of HMOs would be to *deny* treatment, ensures i will always think of him as a real devil, even aside from watergate. He was a crook thru and thru
Nixon gave us the DEA and the war on drugs.
The Reagan administration greatly expanded it:
Stiff mandatory minimum sentencing.
Banking transaction reporting & monitoring
Summary confiscation of cash & property
I essentially see it as, "Nixon gave us the War on Drugs - the Reagans made it a War on the American People".
Consequently, our Constitution stands in tatters ...