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!
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Huntsman / Kasich 2020
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 ...