Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A new look at Nixon

There is a new dump of Nixon tapes out and, as always, they provide more information into Nixon's true character. We haven't had the chance to review everything, but here's one that again emphasizes his racism, a characteristic that permeated his career.

Nixon is heard on a muffled tape recording telling his special counsel that abortion is necessary in some cases - including instances of multiracial pregnancy.

Speaking to Charles Colson after the January 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, the president said: "I admit, there are times when abortions are necessary, I know that." He gave "a black and a white" as an example.

"Or rape," Colson offered. "Or rape," Nixon agreed.

There's more to know, but in the face of the nostalgia that has seized some people for Nixon after the true evil enacted by Reagan and Bush, it's useful to be reminded of what an evil son of a bitch Nixon was.

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