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  •  I hated Nixon for so many reasons but he started (6+ / 0-)

    the EPA and signed the Clean Air Act so I guess in retrospect he deserves some love.

    Also Ike seemed like a sane, responsible leader.

    •  Nixon's '72 platform was more lib than Obama's (5+ / 0-)

      That didn't make him a liberal, just a conservative politician who knew how to get elected.  It all shows how far to the right our nation has moved.  It's time to move back, let's hope the president can succesfully continue the process.

      The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. A. A. Milne

      by Memory Corrupted on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:13:21 AM PST

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      •  We have a full decade plus of work ahead (4+ / 0-)
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        That means not taking an election "off" because of disappointment, "exhaustion", etc.

        The Oligarchs and their enablers are going to continue plotting to marginalize all of us, no matter how any election turns out. They have the cash to fund it, and no matter how much we laugh at their wasted hundreds of millions of dollars, it is "cookie jar money" for them.

        They are using the Global economy and markets to keep score in their real life game of Monopoly, and we're just in the way.

        When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 06:18:11 AM PST

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        •  10 years may not be enough; it took (0+ / 0-)

          Attwater/Rove over 20 years.  
          As an aside; I think we actually live in a Representative Plutocracy, where the rich buy their politicians.  Yeah, semamtics, a plutocracy is a subset or form of oligarchy.  Unless, of course, everyone is rich.

          The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. A. A. Milne

          by Memory Corrupted on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 09:33:12 AM PST

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    •  and China (1+ / 0-)
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      He opened relations with Communist China.

      •  It had to happen, and it finally (0+ / 0-)

        did.  Odd that it was Nixon, as Cold a Warrior as there was in the Cold War, but there he was.

        What followed was a significant cultural exchange, and that should be celebrated.  We'd been told the Chinese were "the Red Chinese," and that they were a menace to the entire globe.

        Turns out they are human beings, too, with the same needs and hopes as the rest of us.  

    •  We badly needed those things, and (0+ / 0-)

      they did come about during Nixon's time.  

      I'm not personally certain in what spirit he regarded them, but he was a shrewd enough politician to know that the times demanded both.  

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