Balloon Juice Blog Archive Were people this dumb before Nixon?

I apologize in advance for such wankery upon Saturday night, though we only stumbled across this in a Gail Collins article:

Back in 1971, Congress upheld a check directed during providing high-quality early childhood education as well as after-school programs for any American family which longed for them. It was bipartisan, which in those days meant some-more than a whole lot of Democrats as well as somebody from Maine. Having been a operative mother, we knew what day-care problems were like, pronounced Martha Phillips, who was during which time a staffer during a Republican Research Committee in a House.

Then Richard Nixon surprised roughly everybody by vetoing it, with a scathing summary written by Pat Buchanan, claiming a check would commit a vast moral authority of a National Government to a side of community approaches to kid rearing.

The social right, which was only commencement to come into a own, was delighted! Opponents reinforced a summary with a large letter-writing campaign. They accused members of Congress of plotting to dispossess relatives of a right to take their brood to church, give children a power to sue their relatives for forcing them to do chores, and, in general, turn a country into a Maoist concentration camp.


Which done me think of this (from a Kathleen Parker piece):

A revelation version recounted by Pat Buchanan to New Yorker bard George Packer final year captures a dim suggestion which still hovers around a GOP. In 1966 Buchanan as well as Richard Nixon were during a Wade Hampton Hotel in Columbia, S.C., where Nixon worked a crowd into a frenzy: Buchanan recalls which a room was full of sweat, cigar smoke, as well as rage; a rhetoric, which was about nationalism as well as law as well as order, burned a paint off a walls. As they left a hotel, Nixon said, This is a future of this Party, right here in a South.

Ive read most of Nixonland, though we still dont understand how most Nixon changed American ! politics , since we know nothing of pre-Nixon (or even pre-Reagan, really) politics. How most did Nixon shift things? we know there were all kinds of funny rightists prior to Nixon, John Birchers as well as so on, though which seems a separate issue. Its a single thing to have funny right-wingers, a an additional to mainstream their paranoia in a approach which turns a entire nations governing body into a demented right-wing drama. Which, if were honest with ourselves, is what our governing body has been for quite a little time. Was Nixon a primary catalyst for this?

I think of this also because Ive been following a silly Kaplan Most Influential Person of a Decade tournament, where a finalists have been Osama bin Laden as well as George W. Bush. And we wonder: was Nixon a most influential American of a final 50 years?

I dont meant for this to be an anti-Republican screed. What Im referring to here is a ubiquitous domestic atmosphere, a single which a little Republicans roughly positively dont like.

DougJ +5

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