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Modern Republicans Much Like Nixon

Editor, News-Register:

Republicans participating on the national level often invoke the image and perceived legacy of our nation’s 40th chief executive, conservative icon Ronald Reagan. However, I contend that the deportment of present-day Republican lawmakers most closely resembles actually is much more consistant with that of the 37th president of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, who resigned from the presidency in disgrace nearly 40 years ago on Aug. 8, 1974.

Referred to as “Tricky Dick,” Nixon brought himself into national prominence during the early years of the cold war with the Soviet union, during a period known as “The Red Scare” when Nixon routinely charged his political opponents essentially as “Communist sympathizers,” and as a result defeated California Representative Jerry Voorhis in 1946 and later won his California Senate seat from Democratic incumbent, Helen Gahagan Douglas, which launched his career as a national public figure.

Nixon was a proponent of the politics of personal destruction to such an extreme level, it eventually destroyed his political governmental career and brought considerable shame and disgrace to the office of the president and our great nation as well.

Roger Ailes, longtime news director of the Fox News Channel, was a high-level operative and disciple of President Nixon and as a result the presentation of the “news” on Fox more closely resembles a political campaign where those with opposing viewpoints are disrespected and vilified.

Conservative media elites such as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have long been proponents of character assassination of those with whom they disagree, where opinion reigns paramont to facts.

Republican lawmakers have of late adopted the Nixon philosophy of politics as well, much to the detriment of our well-being as a nation.

Republicans in reality would most assuredly not be so receptive to a “Ronald Reagan persona” today as Reagan was willing to compromise for the good of the country, increased taxes 11 times, granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, increased the number of federal employees to a near record level and increased the national debt by the largest percentage increase during a time when no major wars were being fought and willingly negotiated with terrorists in the Iran-Contra scandal, which was by all indication an impeachable offense. Although impeachment was not perused by Democrats at that time.

Can you imagine what Republican conservatives of today would say of someone who was doing such things today, especially if the perpetrator happened to be a Democrat?

Richard Hord

Martins Ferry