Some more of the President Richard Nixon tapes were released by the National Archives today and once again, it reveals why the 37th president was more than a stain on the Republican party and conservatism in general.
In this article is a nugget about how former President Nixon felt about the Roe vs. Wade decision that essentially made easy access to abortion the law of the land:
Nixon worried that greater access to abortions would foster “permissiveness,” and said that “it breaks the family.” But he also saw a need for abortion in some cases — like interracial pregnancies, he said.
“There are times when an abortion is necessary. I know that. When you have a black and a white,” he told an aide, before adding, “Or a rape.”
One wonders if former President Nixon meant to say if it was a rape between a black and a white. No matter, it stands on its own. That former President Nixon actually believed that a legitimate reason for an abortion would be because-THE HORROR!-an interracial baby may be the product of a full-term pregnancy.
I know that there are some people that feel that way today. They too are disgusting. They have no concept of the dignity of every human being, born and unborn.
So, former President Nixon was ambivalent on the subject. In reality, he did not care.
Later in the article, it is revealed that in a discussion with the Rev. Billy Graham, Rev. Graham tells the then president that he was upset at Jewish-American leaders leading opposition to evangelical Christianity. Here is some more wisdom from former President Nixon:
“What I really think is deep down in this country, there is a lot of anti-Semitism, and all this is going to do is stir it up,” Nixon said.
At another point he said: “It may be they have a death wish. You know that’s been the problem with our Jewish friends for centuries.”
Why the current Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, could not have said it better himself!
In defense of the Rev. Graham, he has admitted that his own anti-semitism was a sin and he has atoned for his disturbed view on Jews. There is no record of former President Nixon doing the same.
This is just one more reason that former President Nixon can not, nor should be, defended by conservatives.
The twisted, paranoid views of former President Nixon led him to make many bad decisions. And his governance only accented the paranoia.
In the linked article, it describes conversations with then White House aide Chuck Colson. Mr. Colson served prison time for his role in the Watergate scandal. But it was in prison that he became born again and discovered a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I would be very curious to know how former President Nixon's view on the Roe vs. Wade decision makes him feel now. I can say it is revolting.
I know that The New York Times relishes in any case to bash Richard Nixon. But in this case, the revelation needs to come out. It needs to be digested by conservatives, some who have spent whole careers defending former President Nixon. I will never be in that category.