Since a person's religion is, to be simple, a set of values, everyone has a
religion, even Richard M. Nixon.
It's hard for those under 45 to see what national politics were at one
time, statesmen, not divisive people who view those on the the opposite side as
being irresponsible ideologues, or a bit dim. In 5th grade, back in the
60's, I gave a report about Everett Dickson, Republican senator from
Illinois. He didn't insult the Democrats, he worked with them and pointed
out the good things and good people who were working together. He had nothing
negative to say about the opposition, Jerry Ford was much the same way. Today
it's Sen. Paul, Cruz, Reid, and Boxer insulting each other.Nixon
seemed to work together with the Dems to get the work of the people done, today
we have a quagmire of all talk no action.Religion is tricky in politics,
are connections phony or from the heart? Are truly religious leaders better
leaders than those who are not? Not from where I sit. Would Nixon be part of the
GOP Dog and Pony show speaking at Liberty University commencements? Not likely.
Trump looked silly trying to link himself to Evangelical Christians who have a
polar opposite set of values
Richard Nixon: The man who would be king. Fortunately it was
discovered before it was too late that indeed, the emperor had no clothes.
@jsf; "Apparently, "thou shalt not steal" and "thou shalt
not bear false witness" were parts he didn't believe in. Could you
include such as Obama and Hillary in that statement." Reading
comprehension 101- this article is about Richard Nixon and his scandalous
There were things to like about Nixon, but his doings in southeast Asia were
positively evil. Religious or not, nothing makes up for that. That
said, Vietnam was very much "Kennedy's baby." Regarding the
assassination of Diem under Kennedy, Bill Colby's wife described with
horror the process of killing Diem in the afternoon and praying for his soul in
the evening. The Vietnam war discredits the memories of Kennedy,
Johnson, and Nixon altogether.
Apparently, "thou shalt not steal" and "thou shalt not bear false
witness" were parts he didn't believe in. Could you include such as
Obama and Hillary in that statement.
I remember hearing Nixon speak at the Smith Fieldhouse at BYU after he lost the
1960 election, and before he was elected President in 1968. The one thing I
remember was he said he was on the debate team at Whittier College, and had been
at BYU before at a debate contest. He impressed me as a very good public
Guess he was a cafeteria religious person, you know pick and choose the parts of
the bible that you like and ignore the rest. Apparently, "thou shalt not
steal" and "thou shalt not bear false witness" were parts he
didn't believe in.
I saw an interview from Fox about trumps' visit with the Pope and one
commentator noted that both trump and the Pope were 'men of god'. I
reviewed the Access Hollywood tape to remind myself what that would sound like.
Nixon, too, may have sought relief or comfort in religion. I wonder if it
was really, as I once heard on the Simpsons, "Prayer...the last refuge of a