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An Ridire Risteard
An unprecedented examination of a president whose personality embraced both political brilliance and criminal vindictiveness… The pattern that emerges is of a man driven by a lifelong addiction to intrigue and power, a man whose subversion of democracy during Watergate was merely the culmination of years of cynical manipulation of the political system. [For once, the flap copy is spot on. But the book does focus on the build-up and antecedents to Watergate at the expense of domestic policy and daily affairs]As I said, what’s more disturbing, worrying is the attempt to exonerate and eulogise Nixon as a hero in death (when, like Hunter S directed, his corpse should’ve been tossed onto a hill of trash and shit); take this speech by Bob Dole at the funeral, revelatory of how badly the Americans need a Jebus in Charge:
Adlai Stevenson characterised “Nixonland” as a ‘land of slander and scare, of shy innuendo, of poison pen and anonymous phone call and bustling, pushing, shoving — the land of smash and grab and anything to win. (p136, and this is before RN even became president)
Norman Redlich… read the Checkers speech as a ‘handbook for Demagogues’ based on low precepts… Create your own ethical standards and then point out how rigidly you adhere to them… And if the people are really as dumb as you think they are, you may someday be president of the United States. (ibid.)
[On the Madman stunt:] Kissinger… instructed Len Garment, about to leave on a trip to Moscow, to give the Soviets “The impression that Nixon is somewhat ‘crazy’ — immensely intelligent, well organised and experienced to be sure, but at moments of stress or personal challenge unpredictable and capable of the bloodiest brutality.” Garment carried out the mission, telling a senior Brezhnev adviser that Nixon was “a dramatically disjointed personality… more than a little paranoid… when necessary, a cold-hearted butcher.” The irony, the former aid reflected ruefully in 1997, was that everything he had told the Russians turned out to be “more or less true.” (p296)
[Or this Gestapo scheme, ringing bells:] “With Presidential authority, the intelligence community could at will intercept and transcribe the communications of Americans… eavesdrop from near or far on anyone deemed to be a ‘threat to international security,’ read the mail of citizens, break into the homes of anyone tagged as a security threat.” (p345)
A website by Liddy included an ad for the ‘G.Gordon Liddy Stacked and Packed Calendar Featuring America’s Most beautiful Women Heavily Armed.’ This was the man who, in 1971, became field operations coordinator for the President’s special unit [the Plumbers] [this guy is daft]. (p389)
I believe the second half of the 20th Century will be known as the age of Nixon. Why was he the most durable public figure of our time? Not because he gave the most eloquent speeches, but because he provided the most effective leadership. Not because he won every battle, but because he always embodied the deepest feelings of the people he led.I mean, is this real? Is that you, John Wayne? Has that new Red Centre of American Republicanism finally found its Jebus?
To tens of millions of his countrymen, Richard Nixon was an American hero, a hero who shared and honored their belief in working hard, worshiping God, loving their families and saluting the flag. He called them the silent majority. Like them, they valued accomplishment more than ideology. They wanted their government to do the decent thing, but not to bankrupt them in the process.
They wanted his protection in a dangerous world, but they also wanted creative statesmanship in achieving a genuine peace with honor. These were the people from whom he had come and who have come to Yorba Linda these past few days by the tens of thousands — no longer silent in their grief. The American people love a fighter. And in Dick Nixon, they found a gallant one.
We must view with profound respect the infinite capacity of the human mind to resist the introduction of useful knowledge. – TR LounsburyBut by gosh, Hunter was right.
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Alternatively, read about it at: The Slow Review or the long blog. Or even Nurture Health