Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hate From The Past

Nixon bloviating reminds me of the present day Tea Baggers. Here's some of the shit spewing from Nixon's mouth --
“The Irish have certain — for example, the Irish can’t drink. What you always have to remember with the Irish is they get mean. Virtually every Irish I’ve known gets mean when he drinks. Particularly the real Irish.”
“The Italians, of course, those people course don’t have their heads screwed on tight."
"The Jews are just a very aggressive and abrasive and obnoxious personality.”
An indication of Nixon’s complex relationship with Jews came the afternoon Golda Meir, the Israeli prime minister, came to visit on March 1, 1973. The tapes capture Meir offering warm and effusive thanks to Nixon for the way he had treated her and Israel.

But moments after she left, Nixon and Mr. Kissinger were brutally dismissive in response to requests that the United States press the Soviet Union to permit Jews to emigrate and escape persecution there.

“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy,” Mr. Kissinger said. “And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

“I know,” Nixon responded. “We can’t blow up the world because of it.”
Nixon also strongly hinted that his reluctance to even consider amnesty for young Americans who went to Canada to avoid being drafted during the Vietnam War was because, he told Mr. Colson, so many of them were Jewish.

“I didn’t notice many Jewish names coming back from Vietnam on any of those lists; I don’t know how the hell they avoid it,” he said, adding: “If you look at the Canadian-Swedish contingent, they were very disproportionately Jewish. The deserters.”
My emphasis. Of course, it was Nixon's "Southern Strategy" that began the awful ascendancy of the ReThug Party. America has, IMHO, pretty much gone to hell  & Nixon became that downward spiral. All of his tapes show this, & the ones just released show what a complete ass & racist he was.

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