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Response to stevenleser (Reply #45)

Sun May 6, 2018, 01:10 AM

52. While I agree in principle, I am not sure in practice.

I am not the up on Harding's activities, though I know that his administration was called one of the most corrupt in history.

We have to remember that Nixon sabotaged the peace treaty talks that were underway to end the Vietnam war. From 1969, when Nixon took over the presidency, to 1973 when the war officially ended for the US, more than 20,000 more Americans died in Vietnam, not to mention the multitude of Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians who died in the 5 years the war was unnecessarily prolonged.

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/06/nixon-vietnam-candidate-conspired-with-foreign-power-win-election-215461

Nixon also gave Roger Ailes his big start in politics, as well as Pat Buchanan, who were some of the architects of the right wing invasion of media that created the Fox News, right wing echo chamber we have today. People like Atwater thrived in the Nixon era using racial resentments to keep a Republican Party, who didn't really have any good ideas for the American public, from becoming a regional party and then fading into irrelevance. Nixon's use of racial and religious bigotry paved the way for Ronald Reagan's rise.

Trump is a piece of shit, but he is relatively incompetent when it comes to actually bringing his evil plans to complete fruition. If he had Nixon's smarts, we would really be in trouble. What we have right now is the result of a corporate media, that has more of a desire to maintain access to the halls of power, than to question how the government is responding to the needs of the people.

That said, Trump is probably the most personally corrupt person to hold the office. He is, as you say, corrupt to his core. He is just stupid and thinks that he can get things done with the same hack shit that he was able to get away with when he was a corrupt New York Real Estate scam artist. That will be his undoing.

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