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Is Hillary Clinton The Democrats' Richard Nixon?
04-22-2016, 01:20 AM,
Is Hillary Clinton The Democrats' Richard Nixon?
Is Hillary Clinton The Democrats' Richard Nixon?

<p><em>Authored by Eric Zuesse,</em></p>
<p><strong>Richard Nixon&rsquo;s similarities to Hillary Clinton are remarkable</strong>:</p>
<p><strong>1:</strong>&nbsp;Both were highly successful politicians who had&nbsp;<strong><a href="" target="_blank">exceptionally negative net-approval ratings from the U.S. public</a></strong>, but were viewed highly favorably by the voters&nbsp;within their own Party.</p>
<p><strong>2:</strong>&nbsp;Both were <strong>unsuccessful in their first run for the Presidency,</strong> but managed to come back and ran considerably more successful campaigns the second time around.</p>
<p><strong>3:</strong>&nbsp;Both were<strong>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">highly&nbsp;distrusted</a>,</strong> except by the voters within their own Party.</p>
<p><strong>4:</strong>&nbsp;Both went into their Presidential campaign years (especially the second time around) as being<strong>&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;the candidate with experience.&rdquo;</a></strong></p>
<p><strong>5:</strong>&nbsp;Both were <strong>war-hawks and proponents of a big military, but were also liberals on social policies and regulatory policies </strong>(for example,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Nixon signed into law</a>&nbsp;the National Environmental Policy&nbsp;Act, several&nbsp;environmental initiatives including&nbsp;the Clean Air and Clean Water&nbsp;Acts, the Mammal Marine&nbsp;Protection Act, and the creation of&nbsp;the Environmental Protection&nbsp;Agency; and, he started the Earned-Income Tax Credit, which&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">&quot;now lifts more children out of poverty than any&nbsp;other government program&rdquo;</a>).</p>
<p><strong>6:</strong>&nbsp;Whereas Nixon, running during the Cold War against the sitting Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 1968,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>lied</strong> that he had &lsquo;a secret plan to end the Vietnam war'</a>&nbsp;(he actually had &mdash; and applied &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">a secret plan to&nbsp;extend&nbsp;the Vietnam war</a>), and he won the Presidency on the basis of that <strong>lie</strong>; Hillary Clinton, running against the anti-restoration-of-the-Cold-War progressive Bernie Sanders in 2016, <strong>lies </strong>by saying that she has a plan to end the war in Russia-allied Syria. Sanders says:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;Of course Assad is a terrible&nbsp;dictator. But I think we have got to get&nbsp;our foreign policies and priorities&nbsp;right. The immediate &mdash; it is not Assad&nbsp;who is attacking the United States. It&nbsp;is ISIS. And ISIS is attacking France&nbsp;and attacking Russian airliners. The major priority, right now, in&nbsp;terms of our foreign and military&nbsp;policy should be the destruction of&nbsp;ISIS.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;Clinton says an emphatic&nbsp;no&nbsp;to that:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">&quot;Assad has killed, by last count, about&nbsp;250,000 Syrians. The reason we are&nbsp;in the mess we're in, that ISIS has the&nbsp;territory it has, is because of Assad.&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;So, she is promising regime-change in Syria and saying that it&rsquo;s the&nbsp;prerequisite to defeating ISIS&nbsp;&mdash; which is an absurd <strong>lie</strong>, since ISIS, and Al Qaeda, and all the other jihadist groups who have flocked into Syria to overthrow and replace Assad, are certainly&nbsp;not&nbsp;the way to defeat ISIS, nor to defeat the other jihadist groups there, all of which are&nbsp;anti-Assad, as is Clinton herself. Clearly, then, her &lsquo;plan&rsquo; to win the war in Syria is, essentially, to replace Assad with jihadists &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">to whom the U.S. is sending thousands of tons of weapons</a>. Her Big <strong>Lie </strong>there is merely stupider than Nixon&rsquo;s (it&rsquo;s&nbsp;transparently&nbsp;stupid, because both she and ISIS aim, above all, to overthrow Assad), but it&rsquo;s just as much a lie about war-and-peace as was Nixon&rsquo;s &rsquo;secret plan to end the Vietnam war&rsquo;; and, in that sense, it is remarkably similar and (like Nixon&rsquo;s <strong>lie </strong>was) can be believed only by <strong>liar</strong>-trusting fools, including virtually all members of the candidate&rsquo;s own Party, plus a large percentage of political independents.</p>
<p><strong>7:</strong>&nbsp;Both Richard Nixon and Hillary Clinton were/are famous for being <strong>secretive, and for distrusting everyone except his/her proven-loyal personal entourage</strong> &mdash; loyalty is a higher value to them than is any other. They are paranoid &mdash; very us-versus-&lsquo;them&rsquo; &mdash; and all-too-willing to use unethical means of defeating &lsquo;them&rsquo; (not&nbsp;really&nbsp;the American people&rsquo;s foreign &lsquo;enemy&rsquo;, but, above all, their&nbsp;own domestic&nbsp;&ldquo;enemies-list&rdquoWink.</p>
<p><strong>8:</strong>&nbsp;Both Nixon and Clinton famously&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><strong>use curse-words profusely in private, and treat their subordinates like trash,</strong> and rule them by fear</a>.</p>
<p><strong>9:&nbsp;</strong>Both of them had/have<strong> established records backing&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">coups abroad, in order to impose the will of America&rsquo;s President</a>, no matter how bloody</strong> (such as the coups that overthrew Mossadegh in Iran in 1953 and Allende in Chile in 1973, and the coups that overthrew&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Zelaya in Honduras in 2009</a>,&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Yanukovych in Ukraine in 2014</a>).</p>
<p>*&nbsp; *&nbsp; *</p>
<p><em>Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href=";qid=1339027537&amp;sr=8-9" target="_blank">They&rsquo;re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010</a>,&nbsp;and of&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">CHRIST&rsquo;S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity</a>.</em></p>
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