Art Buchwald on Nixon Now 40 Years Later - Trump

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  1. GA Anderson profile image88
    GA Andersonposted 20 months ago

    Folks, this one brings a flood of cliches' to mind, but if you just think of the one - "... there's nothing new in politics," then the rest will come to you.

    This started as a tweet, (or retweet), from pundit Jamie Dupree, headlined;

    "From an old newspaper column, echoes of current political arguments"*clickable
    "In recent weeks, I’ve been compiling a list of frequent arguments that are being made to me on social media about the troubles of the current administration, thinking I would put together a blog about the daily reaction of President Donald Trump’s supporters, as backers of both parties do battle over the Trump Presidency."

    *just click on the image to go to the tweet, then click on the tweet image to get a readable image of Art's column.

    Come on - follow the link, it won't be any fun if you don't.


    1. Credence2 profile image80
      Credence2posted 20 months agoin reply to this

      A poignant excerpt from the article, GA

      "This old Buchwald column and the ready comparisons to today is not to say that Trump equals Nixon."

      1. GA Anderson profile image88
        GA Andersonposted 20 months agoin reply to this

        Hey here Credence2, I have noticed your sparse participation lately, have the 'Righties' worn you down?

        I don't think Pres. Trump compares to Pres. Nixon, in general, but I can see where some comparisons might be offered.


        1. Credence2 profile image80
          Credence2posted 20 months agoin reply to this

          It is nice to be missed, GA, thank you

          Family matters required my return to Colorado for a few days, everything is peachy-keen.

          But, I am back with a vengeance.

          Yes, there are some similarities in the nature of the complaints and comparisons. But, we are in different era than what was the case almost 50 years ago. I remember the 1968 contest between Nixon and Humphrey. While, I preferred Humphrey, Nixon was not a guy totally without a clue in left field. If it weren't for his own demons, he may have well been considered a good President by historians. There were few men who were better prepared for the office at that time. Contrast that with a bumbling political neophyte?

          The polarization between the political parties and ideologies behind them are far greater now than it was then. Compared to someone like Donald Trump, I can look back on Nixon with fond nostalgia.

          1. GA Anderson profile image88
            GA Andersonposted 20 months agoin reply to this

            I hope you caught Kathleen's link. I think you will find it an interesting read that you might agree with, (his argument made sense to me).

            ps. I stole your Nixon had his "own demons..." thought for a comment to ahorseback - but I did give you author's credit.


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    ahorsebackposted 20 months ago

    It s interesting and funny ,  I remember Nixon's days ,   I have to say  one thing that does bother me a little is that the media right seems to instantly go on the defense every time a newbie- on -the- job liberal media robot creates  another fantasy story line about Trump ,         My feeling is , to heck with the obstructionist media , all we need is a grass root's movement for us all to turn off all the leftist drivel .

    Remember that bumper sticker 'Kill your T.V. "     ?

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    ahorsebackposted 20 months ago

    When comparisons arise ,  we also have to consider the positive sides of Nixon , He got us out of Viet -Nam ,   began a dialog with China after none was present -forever ,   brought the brilliance of Henry Kissinger into the world of foreign policy and middle east political strategies , sure Nixon  was a white house liar  in the end but which one did you say wasn't  Bill Clinton ,Jimmy  Carter , Barack Obama  ...........The left sometimes really loves to conveniently and correctly categorize all  the political evil ---with the exception  their own .

    In the annals of true  history the Clinton Dynasty will come to be known as  a  far , far worse  than Nixon's.  Richard Nixon's evil cannot hold a candle to political atrocities that this pair of organised  criminals conjured up  out of a multitude of offences .   Here's a real comparison--- Nixon brought down by an act of others  in the RNC--------- Clinton -Sanders - brought down by their actual  manipulation of the DNC rules , The Clintons and the DNC in fact may be a accomplice's  in a  murder .

    Pick a crime and put the  Clinton name on it . In fact ,they brilliantly invented modern  political crime

    1. GA Anderson profile image88
      GA Andersonposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Hello ahorseback, I was pondering how to address your defense of Nixon, (which in detail, I agree with), when credence2's comment gave me the words... "Nixon had his demons."

      I would also defend Pres. Nixon's policy leadership, in both foreign and domestic areas, and his legislative leadership actions, but I think any defense must first acknowledge the "demons" of his dark side. The consideration of ethics was not a primary concern for him.


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        ahorsebackposted 20 months agoin reply to this

        I agree with you , however  it is easy to demonize one who actually wasn't in control of THAT part of his downfall .I believe watergate happened  without his pre- planning any part of it but  I do say,  get  all the Lawyers  out of government .   They hold an evil and often separative  political ideology .   We are a nation of laws and I believe they overuse  that in self promotive policies . , ie. the Clintons .

  4. Kathleen Cochran profile image81
    Kathleen Cochranposted 20 months ago

    Interesting.  This hub came to mind when I read the following article today in Politico: … ans-215175

    Unintended consequences are amazing.

    1. GA Anderson profile image88
      GA Andersonposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Kathleen... I really liked that article's perspective - and content. I think the author might be right, Pres. Trump is Nixon's offspring.

      Thanks for the link. Now I just have to find time to read more from that author


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    ahorsebackposted 20 months ago

    Lately when I think back to nixon and watergate , I am freshly reminded of one more of Hilary Clinton's great accomplishments , To be fired by the watergate investigators for lying or for lying once again or for her first political lie , or was it for her first bout of lying and total incompetence ?

    I'm so confused .


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