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June 23, 2009
By: Hilzoy

The Past Is Past, And Thank God For That

I just wanted to take a moment to give thanks for the fact that we truly don't have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore:

"On Jan. 23, 1973, when the Supreme Court struck down state criminal abortion laws in Roe v. Wade, President Richard M. Nixon made no public statement. But privately, newly released tapes reveal, he expressed ambivalence.

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, such as interracial pregnancies.

"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.""

I see. The bad thing about abortion is that it lets people have sex without having to have kids if they don't want them or aren't ready for them. The good thing is that you get to be both a racist and a hypocrite without having to confront your own contradictions.

Glad we got that straightened out.

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Now that's an example of true Republican "conservatism"; nothing's changed in 35 years!

Posted by: Doug on June 23, 2009 at 8:15 PM | PERMALINK

I see. The bad thing about abortion is that it lets people have sex without having to have kids if they don't want them or aren't ready for them.

Somehow I doubt Nixon much cared for sex, unless it was screwing the country.

Posted by: Comrade Stuck on June 23, 2009 at 8:21 PM | PERMALINK

What a shame Nixon did not live to see Barack Obama elected president.

Posted by: Genevieve on June 23, 2009 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

Laugh if you wish, but this pretty much summarizes the whole philosophy behind the self-proclaimed "religious right" policy on abortion.

The belief in "the sanctity of human life" is just a smokescreen. Human life, according to these so-religious so-called Christians, is not "sacred" if it's


Homosexual
Foreign
An inconvenience to some prominent right winger
A suspected criminal or terr'ist

Abortion is wrong because allowing it might potentially permit people to enjoy sex more frequently.

Particularly female-type persons.

Posted by: Zandru on June 23, 2009 at 8:42 PM | PERMALINK

No real comment on the post, since I'm not at all surprised by it, but I have a quick question for Zandru. By any chance, are you a fan of Marion Zimmer Bradley?? Zandru was one of the rarely mentioned gods in the pantheon she created in her Darkover series.

Posted by: Michael W on June 23, 2009 at 8:49 PM | PERMALINK

[BTW, I really enjoyed MZB's books.)

Posted by: Michael W on June 23, 2009 at 8:50 PM | PERMALINK

Zandru:

Please strike number 4 from your list.

The religious right holds Scott Roeder's life to be incredibly sacred.

Posted by: Mary Contrary on June 23, 2009 at 9:06 PM | PERMALINK

Christians need those aborted fetuses to mindfuck as children into believing their theist bullshit. That's what really irks the prolifers, they lost the opportunity once more to fuck with a child's mind!

Pathetic scum. Send in the lions!

Posted by: Gallop Trollop! on June 23, 2009 at 9:08 PM | PERMALINK

My personal fave from the story was this gem:

“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.”

Yup, nothing like blaming the Jews for the Holocaust to really plumb the depths. Well, he wasn't known as "Dick" for nothing.

Posted by: Jeff S. on June 23, 2009 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK
On Jan. 23, 1973 ... "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."

That same day in Honolulu, one presumes that a certain 11 1/2-year-old boy who was the offspring of "a black and a white" was doing something more productive than worrying about his dumbass racist crook of a president.

Posted by: Rieux on June 23, 2009 at 10:19 PM | PERMALINK

"I see. The bad thing about abortion is that it lets people have sex without having to have kids if they don't want them or aren't ready for them."- Steve

"Abortion is wrong because allowing it might potentially permit people to enjoy sex more frequently."-Zandru

These statements are a little weird. I don't think one's decision to have sex should be based on the accessibility of an abortion. Certainly not for a man anyway, since it's not his decision.

'A man who don't want kids need be damn careful, not count on woman to having abortion after make sexy time,' as it were.

Posted by: Haik Bedrosian on June 23, 2009 at 11:05 PM | PERMALINK

What continues to disturb is that this 'profound concern for life' seems to end rather abruptly at birth.

Posted by: Insanity on June 23, 2009 at 11:07 PM | PERMALINK

Someone is surprised that Tricky Dick, spiritual father of the modern American Right (think of all the Republican criminals of the past 40 years who got their start with him), was the world's biggest asshole???

Posted by: TCinLA on June 23, 2009 at 11:51 PM | PERMALINK

I'm calling your god out. I heard he was a tranny.

Posted by: Michael7843853 on June 23, 2009 at 11:52 PM | PERMALINK

Aw, shucks, I can't find it in my heart to be angry with Nixon any more. He's like that lovable old uncle that says crazy shit at thanksgiving and occasionally gets a lot of people killed.

Posted by: inkadu on June 23, 2009 at 11:53 PM | PERMALINK

One of my more horrifying realizations came a few years ago when I realized that as much as I completely and totally despised Nixon, I'd take him over Bush in a heartbeat. That should be a motto for Republican presidents: "Making Nixon look not so bad since 1980."

Posted by: N.Wells on June 24, 2009 at 12:02 AM | PERMALINK

I certainly have doubts about the ability to have consequence-less sex. That's not how we evolved for one thing. But what business do I have imposing that view on anyone save myself? More contraception, more access to abortion. What is so threatening about giving people an actual choice?

Posted by: MNPundit on June 24, 2009 at 12:04 AM | PERMALINK

Michael W - yes. Her Darkover series has given me a lot of enjoyment.

Mary Contrary - Well, you're right about that, unless you want to conveniently define "terrorism" as something that can't be done by angry racist white men...

Haik Bedrosian - It is a weird statement, and only makes what little sense it does if you assume that it's meant to be applied only to women. I think part of my point is that the anti-abortion folks seem to be against abortion on a gut-level basis, and the "pro-life" logic most of them use is largely an attempt to justify their basic revulsion about wimmenfolk havin' sex when they want and maybe even enjoyin' it.

Posted by: Zandru on June 24, 2009 at 12:10 AM | PERMALINK

Zandru @ 8:42 has it about right, except for the conclusion. It's not about the fear of enjoying sex so much as it is the fear of white Christians that they are being out-bred by the inferior tribes, leading to the eventual extinction of the white Christian. That is where Nixon's concerns were based. Nixon's old bud Pat Buchanan, in his Death Of The West, laid out the argument for all who have the stomach for reading such things.

So much for faith in God not allowing the tribe to come to harm.

Posted by: dr sardonicus on June 24, 2009 at 12:34 AM | PERMALINK

Nixonland: Where the "respected elders" of today's GOP got their original marching orders. I just read that Ed Meese is advising the anti-Sotomayor campaign!

Posted by: W Action on June 24, 2009 at 12:41 AM | PERMALINK

as much as I completely and totally despised Nixon, I'd take him over Bush in a heartbeat.

and over Reagan or George H.W. Bush.

Nixon was a sociopath and a bigot, but he wasn't delusional, and made many landmark contributions to the common good of the nation. For example: any one of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, or the creation of the Environmental Protection Administration was a greater accomplishment than anything W ever attempted.

Posted by: joel hanes on June 24, 2009 at 12:45 AM | PERMALINK

Thank you, Joel, for your explaining what I meant...

It's not about the fear of enjoying sex so much as it is the fear of white Christians that they are being out-bred by the inferior tribes, leading to the eventual extinction of the white Christian.

I think it's time for white christians to switch their views on abortion if they are worried about the brown hordes. The poorer and less educated, the more children you will have, generally speaking; so if you want to defuse the demographic bomb, you have to hustle birth control and contraception down the social strata. The poorer and less educated a family is, the more children they are likely to have.

But the conservatives must know that. Maybe their strategy is to make more white people poor and uneducated so they can compete better in the breeding game.

Posted by: inkadu on June 24, 2009 at 1:19 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe their strategy is to make more white people poor and uneducated so they can compete better in the breeding game.

The new feudal economy they plan for us will need plenty of manual labor, and enslaving the inferior tribes didn't work out so well last time.

Either that, or the elite whites leading the cheers for more baby-making are preparing for World War III, and would like to have plenty of cannon fodder.

Posted by: dr sardonicus on June 24, 2009 at 3:01 AM | PERMALINK

And wasn't it a week or so ago that the Nixon loyalists were in a snit because John Dean was scheduled to talk at the Nixon library?

Glad they're got some other part of his legacy to burnish now.

Posted by: Steve Paradis on June 24, 2009 at 8:05 AM | PERMALINK

Nixon was so correct - Why, if that were allowed, you might have a Blake Griffen being taken Number 1 in the NBA draft. My, oh my, we simply can't have such, can we? Geez, some might even play for Nixon's beloved Redskins, someday, eh?

Posted by: berttheclock on June 24, 2009 at 8:26 AM | PERMALINK

On Jan. 23, 1973 ... "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."

Then he added while tilting his head like a dog who couldn't understand something, "Or two gays."

Posted by: gttim on June 24, 2009 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

Greatings, Ugh, I liked! So clear and positively.

Posted by: Nadine on June 30, 2009 at 2:33 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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