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NIXON

Nixon had a difficult early life with many trials and hardships, which affected his character and way of thinking about the world and himself. The premature death of two of his brothers caused him deep-rooted trauma. He had a lifelong inability to trust other people. From the competition between his siblings, he got a keen sense of competition and struggle and a belief that in the end, he was alone against fate and his enemies. He believed vehemently that “The mark of the man is to be resilient and continually return after set-backs.” Nixon believed that the successful competitor never lets his enemies have the final say in a contest of will. Some of his cruel attempts to discredit his political enemies may have come from the
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He left the service four years later, in 1946

Before Nixon's release from active duty, Nixon decided to run for Congress. Nixon's campaign was an example of the aggressive style characteristic of his political career. He accused his opponent of being "soft" on Communism. In 1946, when the Cold War between the United States and the USSR was just beginning, this charge was very damaging. The two men confronted each other in a series of debates, and Nixon succeeded in putting his opponent on the defensive. Nixon won the election.

Later, as a member of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Nixon personally pressed the investigation of Alger Hiss, a high State Department official. During the investigation Nixon gained a national reputation as a dedicated enemy of Communism, and in 1948, he was reelected to Congress after winning both the Republican and Democratic nominations!

In 1950 the Republicans chose Nixon as their candidate for the U.S. Senate from California. His opponent was the liberal Helen Gahagan Douglas. In another bitterly fought campaign, Nixon linked her voting record with that of another member of Congress who was widely regarded as pro-Communist. This is another excellent example of Nixon’s deadly and effective political style. He won the election by a landslide!

In 1952, Nixon was selected to be the running mate of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had won the Republican presidential nomination. In the campaign

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