Pres. Richard Nixon resigned 41 years ago today

War on conservatives has deep roots

There is a correlation between the taking down of President Richard Nixon and the removal of Gov. Evan Mecham from office here in Arizona. The media despised both of the Republicans for their conservative bent and went after them with relentless fervor. Mecham, a successful businessman and former state senator, faced a simultaneous impeachment, recall and endured a criminal trial — in which he was acquitted of the charges brought against him. The press was on a mission to remove him from the day the ballots were counted in 1986 and he was declared the winner.

Both men served their country in the military. Mecham was an Army Air Corps officer, a decorated war hero, and was held as a prisoner during World War II.

After completing law school and working in the legal field, Nixon served as a Navy Lieutenant Commander in the Pacific during World War II, winning numerous medals.

Most people know of his resignation (video) as a result of what was referred to as the Watergate scandal, but few are aware of his numerous accomplishments while President. From his days in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, he was a leading anti-Communist when Communism was the major threat to our life and liberty, as Islamic terrorism is acknowledged to be today. He was also Governor of California and  served eight years as Vice President of the United States. Richard Nixon was reelected in 1972 by one of the largest landslides in U.S. history. 

Long before it was trendy, Pres. Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency. He ended American involvement in the Vietnam War, bringing home American prisoners. Nixon ended the military draft and lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, reasoning that if you were old enough to serve your country in the military during combat, you should be old enough to vote for those who govern us. His presidential administration supported transferring power from Washington to the states, and he supported and enforced desegregation of Southern schools, opposed by Democrats. Nixon opened previously closed diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China and initiated détente, which he referred to as  a “thawing out” of relations with the Soviet Union, resulting in the much heralded Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. 

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5 Responses to Pres. Richard Nixon resigned 41 years ago today

  1. Ajo Joe says:

    I lived through both Watergate and the farcical Mecham takedown. SRAZ is absolutely right in saying there is a correlation. President Nixon, by the way, was not impeached, but Bill Clinton was –the only President besides Andrew Johnson to have such proceedings actually brought against him. Clinton refused to resign, but Nixon said he didn’t want to put the country through an impeachment trial and left honorably. It’s important note that Nixon neither authorized nor participated in the Watergate Hotel Democrat headquarters break-in. His “crime” was trying to cover it up after he learned about it.

    Gov. Evan Mecham was an honorable man who was targeted for removal from the day he was elected. The scandal in that instance were the actions of the local media, but it covered itself by dumping on him in tandem.

  2. State Delegate says:

    What happened to Gov. Mecham WAS the scandal.

  3. Borderhawk says:

    Nixon was also the right of the current crop of Republicans in opposing pandering to minorities.

    Spiro Agnew was also great.

    I wonder if Nixon won in 1960 if he would have vetoed the 1965 immigration act.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    Thanks, SRAZ, for this excellent column.

  5. Vicki Bendau says:

    In an outbuilding on my property up north a long-forgotten bumper sticker still plastered to one wall reads “We Like Ev Mecham.” He was respected and supported in the rural parts of AZ. The way he was treated was simply disgraceful.