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Richard Nixon: America's Greatest Liberal

Isn't it time for a *real* liberal in the White House? Dig up Nixon! - WonketteAs we continue honoring the birth of Richard Milhouse Nixon, let's take a look at his liberal credentials.


If you only know "Tricky Dick" for his dictatorial presidency that very nearly ended two centuries of American democracy and first elevated amoral criminals such as Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld to the White House, then you'll surely be surprised by all the stuff we've hidden after the jump.

Nixon also distinguished himself by these lefty actions:

* Saved America's environment by creating the Environmental Protection Agency and Clean Air Act while approving the most sweeping environmental legislation in history.

* Simultaneously reformed welfare and brought in serious new civil-rights laws and agencies for minorities, women, the handicapped and children.

* Proclaimed the first official U.S. Earth Day/Earth Week in 1971.

* Totally reformed the government's relationship with Native Americans, bringing new self-determination and civil rights to U.S. tribes while saving such Indian natural wonders as Pyramid Lake -- the tribe even renamed its capital "Nixon."

* Was even described as "the Abraham Lincoln of the Indian people."

* Loved those Chinese communists.

* Spent more on social programs than defense!

* Fathered screaming ex-socialist lunatic Mojo Nixon.

There you go, hippies: Nixon was more liberal than Clinton.

Re-evaluating Richard Nixon: his domestic achievements [Nixon Era Center]

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Yr Wonkette has been getting quite a few visits from trolls lately, although most of the infestations have been incredibly tiresome and not at all worth discussing here. We're talking, like, not even as good as ol' Turgid Love Muscle Guy. Come to think of it, we haven't seen him in a while; hope he's OK. At least health-wise.

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In 2006, Bob Casey Jr., then the Pennsylvania state treasurer, defeated Rick Santorum and took his seat in the US Senate; presumably only after having it steam cleaned. Not that Casey wanted anything much to do with Dan Savage, the columnist who had helpfully made the alternative definition of "Santorum" one of the best demonstrations of the power of trolling for the prior three years. But in '06, Casey's campaign actually declined a donation from Savage; Casey's finance director thanked him, but suggested maybe Savage could give the money to a group working against Santorum so Casey wouldn't get flak for taking the donation. That was back when Dems were happy to talk about civil unions but frightened of gay marriage, and Casey just plain wussed out on the chance to bring a "weeks-long debate about feces, lube, and assfucking" to the Senate race, as then-Wonket Dave Weigel put it. But Bob Casey has come rather a long way since then, and he now supports marriage equality. He might still be a bit shy about a full-on embrace of buttsechs talk, however.

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