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Is Obama Walking the Trail Blazed by Nixon?
Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 03/13/2014 11:15:17 AM PDT by Kaslin

What would a president do if he were furious over criticism, or felt that his noble aims justified most means of attaining them?

Answer that by comparing the behavior of Richard Nixon to that of an increasingly similar Barack Obama.

Nixon tried to use the Internal Revenue Service to go after his political enemies -- although his IRS chiefs at least refused his orders to focus on liberals.

Nixon ignored settled law and picked and chose which statutes he would enforce -- from denying funds for the Clean Water Act to ignoring congressional subpoenas.

Nixon attacked TV networks and got into personal arguments with journalists such as CBS's Dan Rather.

Nixon wanted the Federal Communications Commission to hold up the licensing of some television stations on the basis of their political views.

Nixon went after "enemies." He ordered surveillance to hound his suspected political opponents and was paranoid about leaks.

Now, consider how President Obama has directed government, as opposed to the platitudes he has offered about how it should operate.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: barack0bama; enemieslist; richardnixon; vdh; victordavishanson

1 posted on 03/13/2014 11:15:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

2 posted on 03/13/2014 11:18:16 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Kaslin

Nixon talked to two Americans on the Moon...


3 posted on 03/13/2014 11:19:01 AM PDT by Dallas59 (Obama: The first "White Black" President.)
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To: Kaslin

The media would never allow the Blessed Obama to be treated that way.


4 posted on 03/13/2014 11:19:02 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: Kaslin

“Would you buy a Medical Insurance Policy from Obama?”

To borrow a paraphrase of the Nixon era question: “Would you buy a used car from this man?”


5 posted on 03/13/2014 11:19:43 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Kaslin

Nixon did not have a Federal bureaucracy that is in a symbiotic relationship with leftist political lobbying organizations, and that was dominated by those sharing his leftist ideology, who do not need to be commanded to attack political enemies, but know what to do without being told.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 11:20:35 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Alex Murphy

Nixon attacked TV networks and got into personal arguments with journalists such as CBS’s Dan Rather.

And this is a high crime and misdemeanor how?
Did he use the IRS or NSA, against the people?


7 posted on 03/13/2014 11:24:07 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Kaslin

This is insulting to Nixon. Obama has surpassed anything Nixon did.


8 posted on 03/13/2014 11:25:40 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Alex Murphy

Nixon at least had some honor - AND he was an American.


9 posted on 03/13/2014 11:26:49 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Who but a TYRANT shoves down another man's throat what he has exempted himself from?)
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To: Kaslin

Nixon did not “try to use the Internal Revenue Service to go after his enemies.” He suggested that that might be in order.He was advised that it would not fly and he made no move to actually do it. Nixon was a Statist and an economic disaster but he did not do this.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 11:28:15 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Kaslin

In short, yes and no. The petty Dear Leader is far more corrupt, criminal and tyrannical than Nixon could have ever dreamed of. Yet he will not be held accountable for his actions by the Congress, whether it be democrats(they are to corrupt and complicit in his criminal activities) or republicans(they are too spineless to do anything but fall to the ground in a stupor and foam at the mouth) controlled and it’s all due to his race.

He is like the black mobs rampaging through the country now. Everyone knows what they are doing, the elected officials, law enforcement, media, citizenry. The mobs know and they know that because of their race nothing will be done about it.

Obama has set race relations back 40 yrs. So much for content of character...


11 posted on 03/13/2014 11:31:45 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: Kaslin
Nixon ended impeached and disgraced.

Nixon quit before he was impeached, so VDH is technically wrong here.
12 posted on 03/13/2014 11:36:02 AM PDT by Colinsky
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To: Kaslin
Obama's walking the trail blazed by Septimius Severus, the first African Roman Emperor.

Severus was such a historical figure, none of the Romans wanted to criticize him (and they'd get their heads cut off.)

13 posted on 03/13/2014 11:41:55 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Kaslin

Either Nixon or Kennedy or Clinton would suit me fine.


14 posted on 03/13/2014 11:45:51 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: Proud2BeRight

Nixon was a amateur against that arrogant pos


15 posted on 03/13/2014 11:51:19 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Victor Hansen’ here is doing a Nixon beats his wife hack hit piece which will be eagerly cited in MSM cable. Leveling charges but fails to cite specific examples to each charge which is what you would expect from a guy like Schultz but not Hansen. Why is he setting up a Nixon comparison ? Is it a leadup to the Obama impeachment process? Then he should be specific and cite examples demonstrating how one President wasn’t allowed machinations but another is.
Hey “Vic” !Go Back and get it right....


16 posted on 03/13/2014 11:52:08 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Dallas59

Shelia Jackson Lee talked to two on Mars!


17 posted on 03/13/2014 11:52:28 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Colinsky

Correct


18 posted on 03/13/2014 11:52:44 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

But Nixon didn’t have the get out of jail free race card.


19 posted on 03/13/2014 11:54:59 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Kaslin

But Nixon loved America.

I will leave it at just that.


20 posted on 03/13/2014 12:00:30 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Drive By Media is America's worst enemy and American people don't know it.)
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To: Proud2BeRight

And Nixon had Judge Sirica. Calling Judge Sirica.


21 posted on 03/13/2014 12:04:34 PM PDT by A'elian' nation ("Political Correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred." Jacques Barzun)
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To: Kaslin

Where is conservatives red line?


22 posted on 03/13/2014 12:07:16 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: The South Texan

excellent point


23 posted on 03/13/2014 12:10:00 PM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

“Is Obama Walking the Trail Blazed by Nixon?”

Is Obama Walking the Trail Blazed by Stalin?


24 posted on 03/13/2014 12:16:15 PM PDT by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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To: Kaslin
"Nixon tried to use the Internal Revenue Service to go after his political enemies"

Obama is using the NSA to listen and track both his domestic enemies as his European "friends" leaders, members of NATO. His sub-secretary of State, Nuland, expressed the administration open disdain for US allies by a resounding "F@@k the EU"!

25 posted on 03/13/2014 12:21:53 PM PDT by Marguerite (When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm even better)
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To: Kaslin
Is Obama Walking the Trail Blazed by Nixon?

Yes, but instead of walking it with Sam Ervin, Peter Rodino, and the Washington Post, he's walking it with Harry Reid, John Boehner, and Alex Jones.

I say he walks.

26 posted on 03/13/2014 12:22:27 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: Alex Murphy

The similarities to Nixon, and the trajectory of the fall, show some eerie parallels, with a few important differences.

Nixon was actually an American, and never used any kind of affirmative action to get into position of political power. Worse, the press and other media of the time when Nixon was climbing up to his eventual heights, was almost uniformly AGAINST Nixon, but he rose and rose again in spite of them.

Even at his dip into despair, in 1962, when Nixon was prone to feeling a little beaten up after losing the California gubernatorial race, he quietly went about rebuilding his brand, something that the Current Occupant has never dirtied his hands with, always having been somebody else’s pet project. Doors were opened for The Won that Nixon had to batter his way through.

But the bruising earlier battles really changed Nixon, into a much more driven person than he would have been otherwise. Obsession with being a convincing and important public figure, and having to do it all the while in a hostile environment, caused Nixon to be just a little more demanding, and some would say, rather paranoid in his dealings with those who set themselves up as his “enemies”.

The Imposter never has been as good at Nixon in repelling his “enemies”, but he has had impressive defense set up for him all along the way. Even with all that, the New Imperial Presidency has not been able to resonate with more than a part of the highly vocal prevent defense crowd, and in the end, has shown no proficiency or expertise in the art of governance.


27 posted on 03/13/2014 12:22:49 PM PDT by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: Alex Murphy

yes I would if Obama was the other salesman.


28 posted on 03/13/2014 12:57:35 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Kaslin

I’ll take tricky Dick or dickless Obama any day.


29 posted on 03/13/2014 12:58:25 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Kaslin

At least Nixon was not a red diaper doper baby, committed to the cause Marxist.


30 posted on 03/13/2014 12:59:31 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Kaslin

Oh right. Ohomo makes Nixon look like a choirboy.


31 posted on 03/13/2014 7:19:27 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Dallas59

“Nixon talked to two Americans on the Moon...”

Butt, BUTT, - Obama talked to two queers in the Man’s Country Bath House in Chicongo.

Who exposed himself to the greater danger?

Give Obama credit where it is due.


32 posted on 03/14/2014 6:52:16 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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