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Forced Retirement: LBJ, Nixon, and Hillary

Written by Gary North on December 31, 2016

The three most hated modern American politicians were LBJ, Nixon, and Hillary. They were driven out of power by their enemies.

Nixon was long called Tricky Dick by Democrats. The Democrats hated him as they hated no other nationally famous Republican. Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 persuaded LBJ to take the Vice Presidency slot under Kennedy, whom LBJ despised almost as much as he despised his brother Bobby, in order to defeat Nixon. He ate a big mud sandwich in the name of Party unity against Nixon.

Johnson quit in March 1968 before he was driven out of power by the Republicans in November. The anti-war Democrats had deserted him in the primaries.

Nixon was driven out of power in 1974 by a small contingent of Republicans in Congress, who went to him and said he would be impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate.

Hillary was defeated in full public view by the first man with zero political or government-employment experience to win the Presidency.

All three went into forced retirement.

THE HATED NIXON.

The conservatives trusted Nixon in 1948 when Nixon trusted Whittaker Chambers. Nixon was a first-term Congressman from California. In 1948, he was the member of a House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. (Note: there was never a House UnAmerican Activities Committee. “HUAC” was a phenomenally successful acronym imposed by the Left onto a Committee that should have had “HCUA” as its acronym.) HCUA was investigating Communists in government. President Truman had issued an executive order in 1947 to require a loyalty oath for federal employees. This order was an extension of Truman’s growing surveillance state. His executive order and Eisenhower’s 1953 extension of it were repealed by Bill Clinton in 1998.

Chambers, an editor at Time (and the translator of Bambi), testified to the committee that the Roosevelt Administration’s Alger Hiss was a Communist. Hiss had been an advisor at the Yalta Conference of February 1945. Then Chambers escalated his accusation in 1949: Hiss had been an informant to the USSR — in short, a spy. Chambers was ridiculed by the Establishment. Yet it was all true. Hiss went to prison for perjury in 1950; the statute of limitations against espionage had run out.

Nixon supported Chambers from the beginning. The Democrats never forgave Nixon for this breach of etiquette. Hiss’s apologists still insist that Hiss was somehow innocent. From then on, Nixon was hated by the Left.

He was hated more in 1950 when he defeated Congresswoman Helen Gahagen Douglas for the U.S. Senate. She was the far-Left wife of the far-Left actor Melvyn Douglas. It was in that campaign that Democrats first labeled him Tricky Dick. The story is here.

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