Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974)

Richard Nixon was a Congressman from California and was elected Vice President of the United States. ...
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Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

Only one ever to resign from office...'nuff said.

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jr1990
12/10/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

I really don't think Nixon was all that bad like many say. He did screw up our health care and initiated the War on Drugs which was a total failure, but Nixon is one of the greatest foreign policy presidents we ever had. He also withdrew troops from that horrible vietnam war.

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Michael3722
09/19/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

Nixon presents a special problem when seeking to evaluate and determine his presidential ranking because his foreign policy and domestic policy successes stand in dramatic contradiction to the corrupt elements in his administration.

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Astromike
09/18/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

His reputation/popularity has improved somewhat among historians, and Americans.  However, he will always be remembered for his dishonesty.  Aside from Watergate, and Vietnam his domestic policies weren't so bad,  but they go unnoticed lol. 

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Claire9018
09/18/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

Got us out of Vietnam, and took the wrap for Watergate, but did a lot of bad things too.

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Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

2nd worst ever. Esp after I watched movie People vs. John lennon. Man the people he had on FBI files well partly Hoovers doing too. But anyone who didnt think war was right was on list. even oridinary people were on list. Promised to get out of war but didnt and plus spied on Demos what was he afarid he lose??

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Scot9447om
07/24/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 4

People forget Nixon was actually an effective President until Watergate destroyed him. Moral issues bother me a lot but I think you have to look at the big picture. In the big picture guys like Nixon and yes even Bill Clinton made have had poor character but were great at their jobs.

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Michael Jenkins
07/23/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

He was a man who loved power. His lust for it destroyed him.

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Moose74
07/14/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

Please. He expanded the Vietnam War into Cambodia. The disgrace of Watergate introduced us to many new concepts: "Dirty Tricks," the eighteen-minute gap, "plumbers", "unindicted co-conspirator." and "a cancer on the White House." His heads of both the C.I.A. and the F.B.I.. were part of the wrongdoing. He fired two men who took honorable stands, Elliot Richarson and William Ruckelshaus, when they refused to fire Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox. He did have some foreign policy accomplishments, but those do not outweigh his abuse of his office.

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Brenden
06/25/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

Definately a liar, there are few things that he did that are really noteworthy.

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Mike667
06/25/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

Other than Bush, Jr. and Reagan, he was one of the worst ever.

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myspace-387493239
06/09/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

"ok" for a bit - but corruption says a lot about the kind of man he was

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G879
05/28/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

Typical politician... couldn't be trusted.

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fb1064118008
05/23/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

His presidency was a tragedy of Shakesperian proportions.

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fitman
05/06/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

Like DLF said. "Paranoid anti-semite w/delusions of grandeur, plotted to murder his rivals. Solution to Vietnam: Drag it out 6.5 years. Solution to hyperinflation: Presidential mandate prices be frozen. Chinese schtick brought us lead toys & Wal-Mart. Took us off the Gold std." ...and yet I haven't been able to stop feeling nostalgic for the old reprobate for nearly eight years now.

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DLF
05/06/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

Paranoid anti-semite w/delusions of grandeur, plotted to murder his rivals. Solution to Vietnam: Drag it out 6.5 years. Solution to hyperinflation: Presidential mandate prices be frozen. Chinese schtick brought us lead toys & Wal-Mart. Took us off the Gold std.

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myspace-30849171
05/06/2008

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

Screwed-up and deceived the people. many other politicians have done the same thing, but he got caught and tried to deny it. Eventually he owned up and moved on.

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abichara
12/26/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 4

I am not judging Nixon on the basis of Watergate; which was simply a series of stupid mistakes, I am judging him on his accomplishments as president. Truth of the matter is that Johnson and Kennedy did way worse than Nixon. Watergate was simply a third-rate burglary perpetrated by a bunch of right wing wackos seeking to advance their own political fame within the Republican party. Nixon took advice from the wrong people and it lead to the ensuing coverup. What Nixon REALLY did was stand up for the wrong people. Nixon baically ignored the Republican party in the 1972 election, costing him possible support that would have been critical to him from 1973-74. He ran AWAY from his party, locking up 61 percent of the vote, but his victory did not have coattails. The Republicans actually lost seats in the House and the Senate. The party was actually bitter at Nixon for the shabby treatment; therefore, he did not get the support he needed to defend himself against the aligations that were thrown at him from Watergate. In politics, friends are something that you really need. Reagan had lots of support, and the aligations from Iran-Contra didn't stick. Clinton had a lot of support from his party, so the aligations from ALL of his scandals didn't stink. That is politics in a nutshell!! But Nixon really did do a lot of good things. He opened up China to trade and amicable relations to the US and the world. The Shanghai Communique was a breakthrough at the time; two of the largest countries in the world were opening up to each other after 25 years of no relations. At the time, it was thought that it could never be done. Nixon did it. Through his policy of detente, Nixon toned down the ideological fervor of communism within and outside of the Soviet Union. He set the stage for the downing of the Berlin Wall. Nixon also got us out of Vietnam in a dignified manner; had Nixon stayed on as President, South Vietnam would not have fallen because he would have given them the support they needed to fight the communist insurgents, which in 1973 were in their last breath of life. Most people gave Kissinger the credit for it, and he deserves some of it, but it was Nixon who had the leadership to get us out of there while giving the South Vietnamese a shot. All in all, he was probably THE GREATEST foreign policy president we have ever had. His strategy ultimately ended the Cold War. Nixon really was the one who stop the encroachments of the communists, Reagan merely pushed it over the edge. I'm not taking away from President Reagans accomplishments, I am merely saying that it was a "group effort"; all the Presidents from Truman to Bush contributed to the demise of the Communist world system. I have some qualms about the way he conducted his domestic policy though. This economic policy was VERY shortsighted. Eliminating the Gold Standard freed up more American greenbacks, but at the end of the day, all currency must be backed by something, and that something is gold. That will come back to bite us one day. Nixon issued price controls during the early 1970's, another really foolhardy policy. It caused a temporary surge in the economy, but that kept the economy for the rest of the 1970's in a complete slump. Inflation became a major problem for the U.S. economy at least until the early 1980's because of Nixon's economic policies. As everyone knows, your domestic situation at home determines how much "gravitas" a country has in the foreign arena. My basic opinion of Nixon is that he had great vision, but he was prone to using political expediency as an ends. Nixon had many sides to his presidency, much like he had many sides to his personality. Reagan and Bush #43 were and are much better at sticking with a program to the end than Nixon was. This is more of a description of his domestic policy. Concerning foreign policy, Nixon was par none.

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kurtolicious
12/26/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

My, how quickly we forget.  WATERGATE!!!  The man was a lying, cheating traitor to democracy.  Who cares about his foreign policy.   He was a crook!!!!

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fb34604307
10/30/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 4

- created the EPA
- opened relations with China, with which much of our trading today necessitates a relationship
- ended the Vietnam war
- an egomaniacal, paranoid individual who considered himself above the law...

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gmk1012
09/25/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 5

The greatest ever foreign policy president.

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Zargyle
08/15/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

Possibly the most underrated president in American history because nobody can look past the Watergate scandal, which will forever be part of Nixon's legacy.  He brought about detente because of his historic visits to Russia and China.  He eventually ended the draft and the Vietnam War (and to be fair I have to say that he dragged on the war).  In Domestic achievements he created the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Occuptational Safety and Health Administration, and so on.  He ushered in the War on Drugs with the Controlled Substances Act and Drug Enforcement Administration.  He appointed Warren Burger as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, which is good or bad depending on how you look at it.  Also, he brought about the first affirmative action program, the Philadelphia Plan, which is also good or bad depending on your views.  He did some un-Republican things like wage and price controls and called for a fairly extreme welfare system.  In 1972 he won one of the greatest landslides in American History.  Unfortunately he was brought down in 1974 before he could complete his term.

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GenghisTheHun
04/07/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

He did a lot of good things. His ratings will go up as the current crop of lefto historians die off.

I voted for him every time I could. I was too young in 1960. I was eighteen but you had to be 21 in those days. I would have easily voted for him over Kennedy.

Hell, I would vote for him today as opposed to the hopeless mob, in all parties, that we have running now, with maybe the exception of Chuck Hagel, Fred Thompson, or Jim Webb, the new Democratic Senator from Virginia.

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Loerke
04/06/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

I have some residual affection for Nixon, but it is also mixed up with nostalgia for a time I never experienced. His political philosophy was slightly to the left of Clinton. He was one of the very few politicians in U.S. history, in the authentic sense: he was aware that politics is always secular and dirty; despite a Quaker background, he felt no "higher calling." He was remorselessly self-interested: he had the consistent and predictable evil of so many public figures, but never really fooled anyone. I sometimes find his persistent rejection of idealism to be a welcome antidote to the hippie worldview, although I ultimately side with the hippies myself. As far as I know, the only lasting and horrible black mark on Nixon's career is his military offensive in Cambodia and Laos -- an unspeakable brutality that may have been inspired by Kissinger, but that he still approved and executed. Forget about Watergate, though -- corruption, after all, isn't everything, and the details of that petty and meaningless crime pale before many things Bush II has done to violate our civil liberties.

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ILikePie
03/22/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 4

All politicians are corrupt to an extent, but Nixon was just given a (unfairly) bad reputation because of the Watergate scandal. He was also given most of the blame for the Vietnam War, but he did a better job of it than most presidents would have done. He had to deal with the Vietnam mess, a war which he didn't cause. A real shame that a good president is remembered as a villain.

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Humorbot
03/21/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 4

I tend to think that the poor guy was a bit underrated.

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otis
03/15/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

what a crook

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Enkidu
03/07/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

Three stars is a good rating for Nixon.  So good, and yet so bad.  So corrupt, and yet so brilliant.  An environmental legacy; a legacy of scandal; one of the finest statesmen of the last half of the century; one of the vilest crooks ever to hold office.  Have to admit I appreciate that we had him though.

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Conservatism
03/07/2007

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

If Watergate would have never happen Nixon would probably be ranked in the top 10 or 15 greatest presidents.  The man was very intelligent, he was also a little disturbed in the head but none the less he did many great things that benefited America.

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billyguns2
12/13/2006

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

Despite the several goood things Nixon did- the Environmental Protection Agency, and some strong leadership in foreign affairs- his presidency must be considered a dismal failure. His contempt for the U.S. Constitution and the law, as well as his secret war on Cambodia and unnecessary prolonging of the VietNam mistake resulted in the deaths of millions of innocent people. I think he is one of four presidents who should have been tried for crimes against humanity, the other three being William McKinley, Lyndon B. Johnson and George W. Bush.

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mrdovie
05/05/2006

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

This is the President The left loves to hate, but I think he was trying to prove Communist ties to the Democrat Libs, and he was getting too close to the truth!

Who stands to gain if America is weakened by No Oil, No Refineries, No Army, No will to preserve Liberty or even to know the meaning of the WORD! Thank You Public Schools! Where did you say Communist China was?

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lion in winter
04/28/2006

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

Rating Nixon as low as Bush 2 seems unfair- since the 'crimes' against our liberties and against others is much worse then Nixons. Nixon did start the EPA (while Reagan and Bush 2 would like to destroy it and let the polluters destroy our envirionment totally). Nixon also despite his low self esteem and paranoia was much smarter then Bush 2 and Reagan. Nixon actually signed much in the way of progressive leglislation during his time in office. Too bad his paranoid personality, lying, and abstructing justice in the Watergate affair sunk him.

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eeP
04/24/2006

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

At least he got us out of vietnam...

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Ih8rateitall
03/11/2006

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

He's a liar, and he's a crook. One of the worst presidents ever.

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FranksWildYear s
02/14/2006

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

He didn't start the Cold War, but by going to China and Russia you could say he was at least partially to credit for ending it. He didn't start the Vietnam War, but by sending Henry Kissinger to Paris and withdrawing U.S. troops you could argue he ended it. He didn't start Watergate by sending Howard Hunt and the Cubans to break in to the DNC headquarters, but by authorizing hush money and obstructing the investigation, he certainly had a hand in ending it.

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geog84
02/10/2006

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 4

He was a lot like Clinton: He was a good President (China's Ping-pong Diplomacy) but messed up in the very end (Watergate).

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blue47
11/07/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

George Bush is going to top the corruption of even Tricky Dick Nixon. American deserves better than the scum of Bush, Nixon, Reagan.

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SZinHonshu
08/09/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

The only thing that makes him better than Clinton is that when he lied and got caught, he didn't try to make it seem like his dishonesty was no big deal.

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Chagoth
07/27/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

Though his dealings with China and the Soviets were two of the biggest foreign policy triumphs in history, his domestic policies--more government programs and more funding for existing programs--were a disaster. And, of course, there was Watergate. Yes, the media conspired with certain government employees to take Nixon down but Nixon deserved to be taken down--just not the way it happened. Congress and the American people should have been soley responsible for removing Nixon, not an unholy alliance of reporters and disgruntled FBI agents.

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GOPmember76
07/18/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 4

One of the most contradictory and tragic figures of U.S. history. Still, there was a lot accomplished by Nixon's time in the White House. One of the great foreign policy presidents in our history. He is credited for the opening with China which provided leverage against the U.S.S.R., averting nuclear war in the Mid-East in 1973, and ending a war which should have been ended in his predessor's term. These are just a few of Nixon's accomplishments.

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mahjong
07/16/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 1

Ineffectual cretin. Shirked personal accountablity and lasting substance. He pulled the troops out? Only after 4 more years of needless war. He was unresponsive to the plight of troops and cosied up to his elitist, conservative buddies. Watergate aside, the major initial blight was his questionable campaign funding. Oh, and it's no big deal he aided in the murder of thousands of Cambodian peasants. No big deal. Major screw-ups are no big deal... Can anyone say in retrospect this man inspired them?

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Bubblehead0774 7
06/06/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

I'm not here to rehash the pro's and con's of Mr. Nixon. I'm here to read the RIOT act to PAT. NO RECYCLING!

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kar54
06/05/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 5

A great American, Ben Stein, said it all this week in his prose Deep Throat and Genocide in American Spectator Online: Can anyone even remember now what Nixon did that was so terrible? He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POW's, ended the war in the Mideast, opened relations with China, started the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty, saved Eretz Israel's life, started the Environmental Protection Administration. Does anyone remember what he did that was bad? Oh, now I remember. He lied. He was a politician who lied. How remarkable. He lied to protect his subordinates who were covering up a ridiculous burglary that no one to this date has any clue about its purpose. He lied so he could stay in office and keep his agenda of peace going. That was his crime. He was a peacemaker and he wanted to make a world where there was a generation of peace. And he succeeded. That is his legacy. He was a peacemaker. He was a lying, conniving, covering up peacemaker. He was not a lying, conniving drug addict like JFK, a lying, conniving war starter like LBJ, a lying, conniving seducer like Clinton -- a lying, conniving peacemaker. That is Nixon's Kharma. When his enemies brought him down, and they had been laying for him since he proved that Alger Hiss was a traitor, since Alger Hiss was their fair-haired boy, this is what they bought for themselves in the Kharma Supermarket that is life. Thank you Mr. Stein.

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EschewObfuscat ion
06/01/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

Nixon, a madman? Whew. He was a flawed man, much like Bill Clinton is a flawed man, who did some things very well, but could not escape his destiny, which was to be reviled by his enemies for the very things that had made him successful in the first place. Way back in '92, after recovering from the initial shock that this candidate (Clinton, whom Ross Perot had assured the American people was not qualified to manage the local Wal-Mart store) had been elected by the American people, I told my wife that by the time he left office, he would make Nixon look like a Boy Scout. I think that prediction was closer to true than I had hoped it might be. Nixon (may he rest in peace) tweaked the press a few times and earned himself a hatred that bordered on the fanatical. His liberal policies plunged this country into the worst ten year malaise since the Great Depression, and lasted until Ronald Reagan's policies began to take effect. Comparing Nixon's policies to Mao's is just pure biased ignorance of history. UPDATE: He would never have believed that Felt was Deep Throat. His name had been bandied about by several people but Nixon believed that anyone who took an oath, such as one takes when he's 2nd in command at the FBI, would never do something so despicable as to betray every confidence to the (known and avowed enemy) Washington Post. I'm stunned, what would Nixon have thought? He betrayed his boss, in the most damaging and irresponsible way, because Nixon passed him over as Director of the FBI? Looks like Nixon made the right choice. Imagine someone so weak and capricious (other than J. Edgar Hoover) as head of the FBI.

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Mr. Democratic
05/21/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

He could've been the best President we ever had if he had listened to what was in his heart and not the many many voices in his head.

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CanadaSucks
05/21/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

A painfully out-of-touch domestic president with a few foreign-policy victories. But those that try to gloss over his faults out of respect after his death are kidding themselves. . .you can smell Nixon roasting in hell from here. . .

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Sagekat
04/24/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 4

People only hate him because he got caught at doing something wrong while the rest of them usually hid their sleaziness better. He had the best health care plan introduced by a politician - better than the crap those liberal freaks keep trying to push. Poor Tricky Dick.

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caligula
04/15/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 2

Not a bad president, but he single handely destroyed the public's faith in the presidency with watergate. Actually a bit of a socialist on economic policies.

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kipprabbit
03/06/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 3

had some ups, had some downs, but as for watergate, he was simply not as good as his predecessors at avoiding getting caught

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alithere0
01/27/2005

Richard Milhous Nixon (1969-1974) 5

He had the most foresight of our recent Presidents.

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