I read Roger Stone’s Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate and the Pardon.  My opinion of Richard Nixon has changed.  I now admire him in some ways.

People have overlooked his accomplishments as president because of the Watergate scandal.  Here are some of them:

  • He ended the draft making service in the military voluntary
  • He founded The Environmental Protection Agency
  • He initiated the peaceful desegregation of southern schools
  • He signed Title IX stopping gender bias opening the door for women in collegiate sports
  • He was the first American President to give American Indians the right of tribal self-determination
  • He participated in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) with Russia to reduce tensions in the Cold War
  • He signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty
  • He was the first American President to visit China
  • He Supported Israel with massive aid in the 1973 Yom Kippur War
  • He ended the Vietnam War

I most admire his perseverance.  He never gave up after all of his political defeats.  Even after Watergate he managed to stay alive politically.

“Defeat doesn’t finish a man, quit does.  A man is not finished when he’s defeated.  He’s finished when he quits.”

– Richard Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994)







About Gary Johnston

I am an imaginary number -- a symbol used to count and measure. As Senior Imaginary Number at Einstein Equations Incorporated, I facilitate the calculation of the impossible.

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