#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, September 5th, 2013 15:10
#2 By: Thecorrectline, September 5th, 2013 16:44
Good message, terribly misleading presentation. I hate feeling like I may be seen to be defending Nixon, so let me just say that I don't care what side of an issue you're on, accurate citations are crucial to a good dialogue.
A reader could easily believe that "...the whole problem is really the blacks..." is a Richard Nixon quote. In fact, I think it possible that was the artists intention.
This is not a Nixon quote, it's a quote from The Haldeman Diaries. An interesting read, but widely disputed by other Nixon staffers, and featuring some assertions that simply aren't consistent with Nixons record.
The article associated with the cartoon is sourced upon works of Baum (solid journalistic retrospective, dated though being from 1996), Epstein (political theory, bit sensationalistic for me), and Summers (complete tripe, political rant). I'd highly recommend reading the books cited and deciding for yourself if they meet your criteria for reliable research and/or balanced discussion.
#3 By: Cowicide, September 5th, 2013 17:17
This is not a Nixon quote, it's a quote from The Haldeman Diaries2. An interesting read, but widely disputed by other Nixon staffers, and featuring some assertions that simply aren't consistent with Nixons record.
This is not a Nixon quote
Correction: It might not be be a Nixon quote.
#4 By: John Thacker, September 5th, 2013 17:45
I hate the DEA, and think drugs should be legalized, but the fact of it is that nearly every government program, or really almost anything else, somebody 50 to 100 years ago touted it as a way to keep blacks down (even if not all the supporters, or a majority of them, did for that reason). Because people were really racist.
Gun Control Act of 1968-- yep, you could find segregationists saying "this is only for those uppity blacks like the Black Panthers (recently founded), not for white folks."
Tillman Act of 1907, banning federal corporate campaign contributions-- yep, "Pitchfork Ben" Tillman of SC said it was to keep dastardly corporations from undermining Jim Crow.
The Pill and abortion? You can find some awful things that Margaret Sanger said about the "inferior races" outbreeding whites.
Evolution in schools? You really don't want to read the racist crap in the textbook at the center of the Scopes trial.
"Somebody supported this and made blatantly racist arguments in favor of it years ago" is not often a great argument, simply because the majority was so racist that at least some supporter said this about everything.
#5 By: Anton Gully, September 6th, 2013 05:08
Quick question: who makes more money from drugs, the average Columbian drug lord or the DEA?
#6 By: Mark Frauenfelder, September 10th, 2013 15:10
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