God Bless Richard M. Nixon

Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot 2013/01/06 14:30:33


God Bless Richard M. Nixon

By on 1.4.13 @ 6:12AM

His 100th birthday is coming up next week.

One hundred years ago, as of January 9, in a small home in Yorba Linda, a suburb of Los Angeles, Richard Nixon was born in a house his father built.

Without family connections, without family money, with a natural shyness, he became a U.S. Representative when he was in his early 30s, and a U.S. Senator very shortly afterwards, and then Vice President to Dwight Eisenhower from 1953-61.

He lost a squeaker of an election that many observers believe was stolen by the Chicago Democratic machine in 1960 to John F. Kennedy. He then traveled the world, practiced law, wrote and came roaring back to win the White House in 1968, against a genuinely great man, Hubert Humphrey, and then win re-election by the widest margin in history against George McGovern in 1972.

He was always a controversial figure, falsely painted as a smear artist and a witch hunting McCarthyite by a media and academic class that loathed him with an abiding hatred.

During his campaign in 1972, serious wrongs were done by his people, and he connived to cover them up, and then tried to cover that up. For that, and for the residual hatred the beautiful people had always felt towards him, he was tormented, tortured, impeached, and finally made to leave office in August of 1974. My father at that time was his chief economic adviser and I was by then a very junior speechwriter for him. If you look carefully at the tape of his address to the White House staff the day he resigned, you can see me chewing gum and crying while my parents looked on, grief stricken, a few feet away.

I have looked up to Richard Nixon all of my life and still do, and I always will. And if I were to say why, I would say, as briefly as possible:

Despite every possible obstacle put in his path by his enemies, always with an obstructionist Congress, he brought us the EPA, desegregated the last holdout Deep South school districts, enormously promoted equal opportunity hiring for black people on federal projects. He was also the first President to send to Congress proposed legislation for universal health care. I wrote the message sending it to the Hill long ago when I was young. He was also the only GOP President ever to support the ERA. Also the last GOP President to have a balanced budget.

But far more than that, he was a peacemaker. He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POWs, saved Israel from having to use nuclear weapons to survive in the Yom Kippur War, signed the first strategic arms limitation treaty with the former Soviet Union, and, of course, opened up China. This last one made the Cold War unwinnable for the Soviets, setting the stage for the end of that entity, and opened up vistas of unimaginable prosperity for the Chinese people. He was by far the best friend that the friends of peace have ever had. He was by a million miles the best friend the Jewish people have ever had in high office anywhere in the Western world.

Friends here in Hollywood, close relatives, colleagues, have asked me for decades how I can still love Nixon, after Watergate, after his questionable comments about Jews on tape, and I have an answer.

I will never turn my back on Richard Nixon, the peacemaker. Blessed are the peacemakers, and God bless Richard M. Nixon.

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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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  • whipnet 2013/01/10 07:09:10
    Watergate is laughable child's play compared to the abhorrent abuses going on in the white house these days.

  • Jackie ... whipnet 2013/01/10 13:06:06
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Yes, Thanks whipnet
  • Bolrog 2013/01/08 12:24:41
    yes, he was a great man. The greater you are then the greater the fall when you eventually fall short of your potential to your admirers and your detractors.
  • Jackie ... Bolrog 2013/01/08 23:17:33
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks for commenting, Bolrog
  • Red Branch 2013/01/08 00:40:15
    Red Branch
    Great article, thanks.

    Liberals (Democrats) never forgave Nixon for forcing the issue of Alger Hiss. Hiss had been accused of passing secret information to the Soviets. People wanted it to go away but Nixon wanted a trial to prove his innocence or guilt. His was later convicted of

    The 1997 release of documents from the top secret Venona Project later proved that Hiss had been a Communist agent.
  • Jackie ... Red Branch 2013/01/08 12:05:35
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    True, thanks Red
  • Red Branch Jackie ... 2013/01/08 14:26:56
    Red Branch
    You are most welcome.
  • Lady Willpower 2013/01/07 02:16:10
    Lady Willpower
    Good article. Thanks for posting.
  • Jackie ... Lady Wi... 2013/01/07 20:20:05
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks Leasheryn
  • Lady Wi... Jackie ... 2013/01/08 02:35:09
    Lady Willpower
    You're welcome.
  • Beccy 2013/01/07 01:18:48
    Not one of my favorite presidents but this is a nice article.
  • Jackie ... Beccy 2013/01/07 20:20:57
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks Beccy
  • cheshirewayne 2013/01/07 00:33:12
    Stein should know. He was one of Nixon's advisors. Back then he was on the front lines.
  • Jackie ... cheshir... 2013/01/07 20:21:32
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Actually he was a jr speech writer and one of many. Thanks Cheshirewayne
  • Diana 2013/01/07 00:07:17
    I liked Richard Nixon.He was a brilliant man,very good at foreign affairs.He was treated terribly ,by the press.Water Gate was nothing,compared to whats going on today.
    God Bless Richard Nixon.
  • Jackie ... Diana 2013/01/07 20:21:54
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks Diana
  • JeffDeWitt 2013/01/06 21:53:05
    He wasn't a very good President, (he DID create the EPA after all), but he was far better than his predecessor and certainly better than the twit we have now.

    About Watergate, if a Democrat had done what Nixon had done... nothing would have come of it, because the press protects Democrats. Fast and Furious was far FAR worse than Watergate (so was Benghazi for that matter) but Obama gets a pass. If a Republican was President during those scandals he'd probably wind up at Gitmo.
  • Jackie ... JeffDeWitt 2013/01/06 23:38:48
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks Jeff
  • Flash,aka,Mr.Lightning 2013/01/06 19:56:25
    Loved Richard,-a saint compared to today.
  • Jackie ... Flash,a... 2013/01/06 23:38:57
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks Flash
  • Matt 2013/01/06 18:31:00
    Ben Stein was Nixon's speech writer.

    Not A Crook Nixon
  • Jackie ... Matt 2013/01/06 18:32:02
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    A jr. speech writer on the staff. Thanks Matt
  • Allbiz - PWCM - JLA 2013/01/06 18:09:03
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    Had it not been for his criminal loyalty to his underlings, Nixon would have gone down as one of our greatest presidents.

    Nixon's accomplishments while in office included: largely ending segregated classes in the south, revenue sharing, ending the draft, new anticrime laws, started the process of ending the Cold War, recognized and fought against foreign oil price gouging, and implemented a broad environmental program (he is largely responsible for the EPA. He was the only President to achieve a balanced national budget between 1961 and 1998. He instituted Equal OpportunityEmployment and Title IX.
  • Jackie ... Allbiz ... 2013/01/06 18:10:42
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks Allbiz - good comments
  • goatman112003 2013/01/06 17:42:47
    He was a enigmatic and interesting man.
  • Jackie ... goatman... 2013/01/06 17:56:43
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks goatman
  • Surly Curmudgen 2013/01/06 17:22:40
    Surly Curmudgen
    He was too loyal to his aids, especially Colson. Beyond that he was a great president. Even the left should love the man, he after all created the EPA.
  • Jackie ... Surly C... 2013/01/06 17:56:23
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks Surly
  • mich52 2013/01/06 17:13:21
  • Jackie ... mich52 2013/01/06 17:56:09
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks mich
  • haley 2013/01/06 16:29:41
    he was amazing<3
  • Jackie ... haley 2013/01/06 17:55:55
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks haley
  • haley Jackie ... 2013/01/06 17:59:06
    no problem anytime<3
  • Rebel Yell 2013/01/06 16:27:36
    Rebel Yell
    Nixon was brilliant in so many ways and quite talented musically. He was devoted to his family. But he was a seriously flawed man . His many discussions with others, his tapes, and even his abrupt mannerisms revealed a deeply suspicious, cynical man. By the time he left office in disgrace, I believe, along with others, his paranoia had consumed him and he was incapable of serving in any elected position.
  • Jackie ... Rebel Yell 2013/01/06 17:55:41
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks Rebel
  • Deere Guy ~POTL~PWCM~JL~PWC... 2013/01/06 16:12:35 (edited)
    I support what Ben Stein stated so eloquently.........In spite of all of his short comings, his faults in no way out weigh the liberal adversity simply because of who he was as a man a politician and a statesman.....He was a graduate of Duke University Law School......a very brilliant man.......who knew foreign policy better than any......Reagan admired and learned from him.......What Obama has done and is doing dwarfs anything that occurred during watergate......and with the biased news media in his pocket, he don't even have to be covert about it.....Obama has succeeded in fooling half the country and the liberally biased media.......RIP Mr. Nixon.......Too bad the country can't bring you back.....we certainly could use you and Mr. Reagan now......
  • Jackie ... Deere G... 2013/01/06 17:55:20
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Thanks Deere
  • Dwight 2013/01/06 16:09:48
    I remember my family, mostly die hard FDR Democrats, talking about Nixon during those dark days of Watergate. Most believed he was indeed guilty of the accusations, but also that he was only guilty of having done what most other politicians were guilty of.

    And all agreed he was most guilty of being the one who was caught.
  • Jackie ... Dwight 2013/01/06 17:54:51
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Good point, Thanks Dwight
  • mk, Smartass Oracle 2013/01/06 15:32:31

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