ouch! 6.02.2005

Deep Throat and Genocide
Can anyone even remember now what Nixon did that was so terrible? He ended the war in Vietnam, brought home the POW's, ended the war in the Mideast, opened relations with China, started the first nuclear weapons reduction treaty, saved Eretz Israel's life, started the Environmental Protection Administration. Does anyone remember what he did that was bad?

Oh, now I remember. He lied. He was a politician who lied. How remarkable. He lied to protect his subordinates who were covering up a ridiculous burglary that no one to this date has any clue about its purpose. He lied so he could stay in office and keep his agenda of peace going. That was his crime. He was a peacemaker and he wanted to make a world where there was a generation of peace. And he succeeded.

That is his legacy. He was a peacemaker. He was a lying, conniving, covering up peacemaker. He was not a lying, conniving drug addict like JFK, a lying, conniving war starter like LBJ, a lying, conniving seducer like Clinton -- a lying, conniving peacemaker. That is Nixon's kharma.

When his enemies brought him down, and they had been laying for him since he proved that Alger Hiss was a traitor, since Alger Hiss was their fair-haired boy, this is what they bought for themselves in the Kharma Supermarket that is life:

1.) The defeat of the South Vietnamese government with decades of death and hardship for the people of Vietnam.

2.) The assumption of power in Cambodia by the bloodiest government of all time, the Khmer Rouge, who killed a third of their own people, often by making children beat their own parents to death. No one doubts RN would never have let this happen.

Ouch.

For those who don't know, Alger Hiss made a name for himself as a lawyer defending the constitutionality of the New Deal from the 1930's. (That is, Alger Hiss was one of the lawyers who Janice Rogers Brown of the California Supreme Court, "inoculated the federal Constitution with a kind of underground collectivist mentality":
There is nothing new, of course, in the idea that the framers did not buy into the notion of human perfectibility. And the document they drafted and the nation adopted in 1789 is shot through with provisions that can only be understood against the supposition that humanity's capacity for evil and tyranny is quite as real and quite as great as its capacity for reason and altruism. Indeed, as noted earlier, in politics, the framers may have envisioned the former tendency as the stronger, especially in the wake of the country's experience under the Articles of Confederation. The fear of "factions," of an "encroaching tyranny"; the need for ambition to counter ambition"; all of these concerns identified in the Federalist Papers have stratagems designed to defend against them in the Constitution itself. We needed them, the framers were convinced, because "angels do not govern"; men do.
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Politically, the belief in human perfectibility is another way of asserting that differences between the few and the many can, over time, be erased. That creed is a critical philosophical proposition underlying the New Deal. What is extraordinary is the way that thesis infiltrated and effected American constitutionalism over the next three-quarters of a century. Its effect was not simply to repudiate, both philosophically and in legal doctrine, the framers' conception of humanity, but to cut away the very ground on which the Constitution rests. Because the only way to come to terms with an enduring Constitution is to believe that the human condition is itself enduring.

After going on to help reshape our modern concept of the U.S. Constitution to introduce collectivism where it did not exist, Alger Hiss went on to work for the State Department, where he was instrumental in the Yalta Agreement which ended World War II (and simultaneously drew the line for the Cold War and handed over half of Europe to Tyranny), and helped to set up the United Nations--serving as it's temporary Secretary General for a short stint immediately after it's founding.

Until 1948 when the McCarthy Hearings came along and Nixon was instrumental in proving to that committee that Alger Hiss was a spy for the Soviet Union, he was the "fair-haired" boy of the socialist movement of the 1930's and 1940's, having set the stage for the systematic restructuring of the Constitution, handing over half of the world to the Soviet Union, and setting up the United Nations--nominally to end war in our time, but which turned into a platform for anti-Western thought.

It's no wonder that those same folks who saw Alger Hiss as their fair-haired boy, who introduced socialism and undermined public property rights "for the public good" would go after the man who nailed his hide to the wall.

In a way, I have to say that I'm glad we know the identity of Deep Throat--and that we learned it came about over a turf war between the office of the President and the FBI. It will allow us to turn modern eyes--and have a modern, relatively honest debate about many of the sacred cows that the left established in the 1960's and 1970's.

It's worth shining a very bright light into.

posted by William Woody at 11:01 PM

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