I have just finished reading the 2nd of a three-volume biography of Richard M. Nixon, written by historian Stephen Ambrose. The first two volumes were in excess of 1,000 pages each. Ambrose seems to know more about Nixon than Nixon knew about Nixon. Chronologically, President Nixon had just been re-elected in 1972 as volume two came to an end, so I haven’t yet made it to the depressing part where he resigns.
At any rate, I have been amazed by the parallels between the era of Nixon and today. The similarities are remarkable. I have posted quotes before that illustrate this observation, and now I’m going to post a few more. One thing is for certain; the Democrats & their voters use the same tactics and are guilty of the same treachery now as in 1972.
The Democrats gave an appearance of being anti-religion and pro-drugs, anti-profit and pro-welfare, anti-family and pro-abortion, anti-farmer and pro-migrant worker, anti-Saigon and pro-Hanoi, anti-armed forces and pro-draft dodgers. Delegates booed Hubert Humphrey; they booed the few times Johnson’s name was mentioned; some were heard to cheer Ho Chi Minh.
Senator Scott, meanwhile, charged that “the McGovern campaign is the campaign of the three A’s: acid, abortion, and amnesty.”
The following week, Nixon spent a day campaigning in Ohio. It included a long motorcade. There were protesters carrying signs along the route. When he spotted them, he raised and extended his arms, spreading the first two fingers in the “V-for-Victory” sign. “This really knocks them for a loop,” he remarked, “because they think this is their sign.” In a diary entry, he went on to analyze the antiwar protesters.
“I think as the war recedes as an issue,” he wrote, “some of these people are going to be lost souls. They basically are haters, they are frustrated, they are alienated—they don’t know what to do with their lives.”
What upset him were McGovern’s remarks about Nixon as a person. It was not so much the “most corrupt Administration in history” charge, or even the accusation that Nixon’s tactics were those of the KKK; the charge that cut was the comparison of Nixon with Hitler.
“According to McGovern, the President of the United States is a liar, barbarian, immoral, cruel and murderous.”