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What The President Knows

May 2, 2013 by  

What The President Knows
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A good friend of mine insists that President Richard Nixon was the finest President of the 20th century, and one of the finest of all time. This friend of mine is an intelligent man, and he makes a fairly strong case for Nixon. His assessment is based largely on his belief that Nixon’s diplomatic achievements saved the planet from nuclear annihilation. Between singing the Georgia Tech fight song as a disliked Vice President and pushing open the door between Communist China and the free world, Nixon kept everyone at the table long enough to keep everyone off the trigger.

I like to needle my friend with snappy retorts like:

He did an awesome job with Southeast Asia. “Mess with us, and we’ll secretly bomb the country next to you on the map.” And the home front was such a delight. The ’70s: That was fun. Thanks to “Tricky Dick,” America actually elected Jimmy Carter President. By 1979, the whole country was a suburb of Detroit.

His response to me normally entails the kind of language that he reserves for Georgia-Florida games in which the Bulldogs come up short.  (You’d think he’d be used to that by now.)

To be fair, I actually think that had Nixon been Secretary of State and Henry Kissinger been our U.N. Ambassador, the ’70s might have been a lot less costly for everyone. But Nixon’s greatest gift isn’t diplomatic; it’s the legacy he left behind. Nixon challenged the very core of the Constitution, and the Constitution held. Also, there’s loads of really cheap stuff on eBay thanks to “Ping-Pong diplomacy.”

Nixon is hardly lonely on the list of Presidents who lied. Lying wasn’t Nixon’s downfall; hubris was. Nixon forgot that the White House isn’t a palace, and Presidents are not kings. But he was neither the first nor the last to make that error. Witness the progress of the current Lord of the Oval Office.

President Barack Obama has yet to order a “third-rate burglary.” But his belief in his infallibility has turned him into a third-rate President. A couple of weeks ago, terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon. Even the corporate media is now acknowledging the fact that the Russians virtually flipped their furry hats to get someone in the Obama Administration to pay attention to the Tsarnaev boys. Either their warnings were ignored by low-level flacks, or their warnings were ignored by top-level flacks. As a result, the bombers accomplished their goal — not to mention a pretty lush, welfare-funded lifestyle — as a direct result of either Obama’s gross incompetence or deliberate malfeasance. As that fact sank in, the Democrats prayed the perpetrator was a “white American,” and then they made the aftermath a hypothetical conversation about the fact that it could have been. Obama’s failings disappeared in the haze of partisan liberal hate.

That same haze obscures Benghazi, Libya, about which Obama and his minions simply refuse to be forthcoming and may well have threatened witnesses and whistle-blowers; Operation Fast and Furious, for which the Attorney General simply laughed off criminal and civil contempt of Congress; the myriad violations of the Constitution contained in Obamacare (sorry, pro-lifers, the abortion is coming out of your pocket); and bold-faced attempts to assassinate the 2nd Amendment as a result of tragedies that anti-gun laws couldn’t and didn’t prevent.

Grading Presidents is obviously subjective. Out of a belief that steering the ship of state through extremely hazardous waters constitutes Chief Executive excellence, my friend considers Nixon’s accomplishments worthy of greatness. Out of irrational fear of things they don’t understand, naked lust for power or just plain laziness, today’s Democrats think Obama’s arrogant abuses of executive authority are acceptable, because those abuses make life easier for them.

We’ve had some great Presidents in the history of this great Nation. Even the greatest among them was flawed in some way. But they achieved greatness by remembering their true duty was to honor the people and the Constitution that make this Nation great. And just as Nixon’s personal demons clouded his political judgment, Obama’s ego has clearly clouded his.

–Ben Crystal

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • Anne

    Absolutely right! Obama is way “trickier!” I can’t believe a majority of Americans were stupid enough to reelect him; I think he may have cheated his way in–after all, he lied and lied about Romney!

  • Fay Guht

    Hmmmm, Kissinger, eh? Talk to anyone who lived anywhere in South America during Henrys reign. Helped put dictator after dictator into power. These imprisoned and murdered millions of their own people all with tge support of the Nixon/Kissenger adminiatration. The philiosophy of setting aside nations of people under brutal, babysitting dictatorships, and allowing and ignoring murder, until they can be integrated into the New World (economic) Order, whether these people are in Chile, Argentina or, before them, in THE USSR, THE EASTERN BLOCK, OR CHINA, is tatamount to crimes against humanity and should suitably be tried in the World Court. Please, stop venerating murdering slime disguised as ambassadors.

  • George Scherf, er, I mean George H W Bush

    Wow, some great presidents in history? Always! Look at the way they are remaking George W. His new liberry! I wonder how objective that place is? Sorta like his daddy. Renember when 43 placed a lock on 41′s records? Gee. I wonder what was in there? Dallas? Iran Contra? Reagan assassination attempt? Family friends with that shooters family? Ad infinitum. History is remade as part of the guarantee for selling the country and its principles into the New World Order. Bush 43, set the stage for Obama 44 by establishing huge spending deficits and passing them to the Chicago Mans Country attendee. Obama will so frustrate the electorate that Bush (Jeb) will be prez 45. Just like Bush, antything but Obama. Remember going into Iraq? Bush 43 promised oil revenues paying for his adventure? I wonder if thats in da
    Liberry? (Dont google George Scherf or Chicagos Mans Country/Obama).

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