Richard Nixon: Was He Truly Conservative? Essays

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It is clear that Richard Nixon was elected as a conservative. He promised themes of “law and order” (Lecture 24, November 14), pandered to what he called the “silent majority” (Silent Majority Speech, 1969) and promised to end the unpopular Vietnam War, a product itself of liberal policies and ideals. He offered a sharp contrast in rhetoric between the soaring “we can do it all” language perpetuated by Kennedy and Johnson (Lecture 25, November 19). But how truly conservative was “Tricky Dick’s” presidency? Did the man who was elected specifically to end the seemingly endless chaos of the sixties actually prolong the national nightmare?
In terms of economic policy, Richard Nixon’s legacy as a conservative or liberal is somewhat mixed. By
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It is clear that Richard Nixon was elected as a conservative. He promised themes of “law and order” (Lecture 24, November 14), pandered to what he called the “silent majority” (Silent Majority Speech, 1969) and promised to end the unpopular Vietnam War, a product itself of liberal policies and ideals. He offered a sharp contrast in rhetoric between the soaring “we can do it all” language perpetuated by Kennedy and Johnson (Lecture 25, November 19). But how truly conservative was “Tricky Dick’s” presidency? Did the man who was elected specifically to end the seemingly endless chaos of the sixties actually prolong the national nightmare?
In terms of economic policy, Richard Nixon’s legacy as a conservative or liberal is somewhat mixed. By the time of Nixon’s election, Great Society programs that provided economic aid to African-Americans and the poor had become increasingly unpopular due to the ever increasing costs of financing such programs along with the costly war in Vietnam (Lecture 25, November 19). Nixon charted an economic course along the middle path between new-right conservatism and the liberalism that had previously dominated the decade (Lecture 25, November 19). On one hand, Nixon recognized the need both symbolically and practically to cut back on various Great Society programs. One such program that suffered cutbacks was the space program. While Nixon did allow Kennedy’s dream of a moon landing to become reality in 1969, he soon after put limits on the space

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