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Nixon and today's progressive GOP
Posted By Ellis Washington On 06/04/2011 @ 12:00 am In Commentary | Comments Disabled
“Nixon” by Andy Warhol (1972)
Despite the past two and a half years America has been run by a president who is in every respect a socialist with communist tendencies, the pathetic GOP cannot effectively mount a first-tier candidate to seriously challenge this diminutive Marxist professor. Why? Because for 40 years the GOP has used the rhetoric of conservative Ronald Reagan, but the tactics, strategies and policies of RINO Richard Nixon.
Indeed, Reagan is lionized by today’s GOP and has been for 30 years since his two successful presidential terms (1981-89), yet it reminds me of the words of Christ rebuking the hypocritical and power-hungry religious leaders of his day – the Sadducees and Pharisees – And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? In other words, why do GOP leaders like John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan and presidential candidates like Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty all mimic Reagan’s words, but underneath the sheep’s clothing crouches the RINO Republican wolf, Richard Nixon?
Foolish and dangerous defines much of Nixon’s domestic and foreign-policy initiatives, which were based upon naïve socialist notions like détente, appeasement, M.A.D. (mutually assured destruction), Keynesianism and Third Way geopolitics, the latter of which seeks what Richard Ely called the “golden mean” between free-market capitalism and Marxist communism.
Nixonian politics is when you ignore natural law and separate morality from geopolitics.
I wish Nixon and all of the RINOs (Republicans in name only) both pre- and post-Nixon would have obeyed the wise words of objectivist philosopher Ayn Rand, who said:
In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit. In that transfusion of blood which drains the good to feed the evil, the compromise is the transmitting rubber tube.
While we readily accept Rand’s premise in the areas of religion, medicine or nutrition, why do most people ignore Rand’s logic on issues concerning politics, philosophy, science, education, economics or foreign policy?
What were Nixon’s contributions to the marketplace of ideas? Did his policies help or hurt the conservative revolution of Reagan?
In the late ’40s and early ’50s, Nixon was an up-and-coming star in the GOP much like JFK in the late ’50s (who barely beat Nixon by ballot stuffing the presidential election of 1960). Nixon solidified his future presidency by making his bones as a Sen. Joe McCarthy anti-communist zealot during his years in Congress (1947-52). For this the left hated Nixon as much as they hated ex-Soviet spymaster Whittaker Chambers for exposing American communist spies like Alger Hiss, Noel Field, Harold Glasser, Harry Dexter White and other high government officials. President Eisenhower rewarded Nixon with the vice presidency (1953-61).
Democratic socialists would have their revenge and put Nixon’s name on their list of infamy (just below McCarthy and Reagan). Nixon, who possessed a quixotic mixture of poor self-esteem, neurosis, duplicity and pathological arrogance, would spend the rest of his political career trying to distance himself from conservative politics while desperately trying in vain to appease his Democratic socialist enemies and curry their favor.
Here are a few of the major policy initiatives Nixon enacted during his tenure as president (1969-74) that caused America systemic harm:
Gold has been the economic foundation of every great nation, going back to biblical times. When Nixon took America off the gold standard he predictably condemned this country to decades of inflation, stagflation and steady economic decline as gold prices rose to record heights on the international markets. Nixon purposely devalued the American dollar on the false Keynesian idea of spending your way out of recession. (Obama is continuing this policy now.) This is why for the past 10 years China has been aggressively buying all of the world’s available gold reserves by the ton. Also, China and Russia are aggressively seeking to remove the dollar as the world’s currency by overvaluing the Chinese yuan.
Nixon’s Achilles’ heel wasn’t the Watergate scandal, it was trying to appease the Democratic socialists and convince them that he had renounced his anti-communism crusades of the ’40s and ’50s. That’s why Nixon enacted affirmative action, the EPA, OSHA and gave draconian powers to the Department of Commerce – three extremely fascist bureaucracies Democrats have used for decades to weaken America’s once vaunted economic hegemony.
One of my WND colleagues, Robert Ringer, recently wrote about both political parties being progressives (socialists):
At the end of the day, words and phrases that people like Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Lindsay Graham, John Boehner and other progressive Republicans and RINOs love to babble about, such as “compromise,” “reach across the aisle,” “cooperation,” “bipartisan consensus,” “adult conversation” and “civil discourse,” are nothing more than code for going along with progressives and their anti-liberty, big-government agenda.
Indeed, this is the tragic 40-year legacy of Nixonian consensus liberal Republicanism … or, to coin a phrase from Lenin, communism for useful idiots.
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