Thursday, August 23, 2007

Joe Sobran’s latest
I liked Richard Nixon, and he seemed to like me. I met him a couple of times after he resigned from the presidency. He was nothing like the ogre liberals described.

I found him kind, decent, gracious, intelligent, well-spoken, charming, witty, easy to like, and, though able to relax sociably with strangers, indisposed to share his innermost thoughts. I realized I’d never really know him.

The “imperial” presidency the anti-Nixon liberals deprecated was merely part of the monolithic imperial state — yea, a global empire — those same liberals had already been cheering on for several generations.

At least Jefferson and Lincoln, both brilliant men, might have understood each other; but could either have made himself intelligible to President Bush?

Bush is often ridiculed for his stupidity, but his real defect is an embarrassing incuriosity.

If the thought of Nixon wielding enormous power is unsettling, given the constraints of the Cold War, the thought of Bush ruling the world’s only superpower without such constraints is downright terrifying. Nixon, a man who had the virtue of prudence, knew when to stop.

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