The Nixon Debate

When I was in college, we had debates in one of my history classes. I picked the defend Nixon debate, thinking it’d be interesting and sort of easy. I mean, hadn’t Al Franken written Nixon was the last smart Republican president? Hadn’t someone else said he was their favorite Republican president? Someone else whose opinion I should heed, I mean. Didn’t he create Earth Day and some other things? Hadn’t Mr. Spock said only Nixon could go to China. Defending Nixon, overall, isn’t an easy thing to do. There are little things you can defend, but not overall. Not when pressed. It was the wrong topic to pick if I wanted to seriously debate a historical reading of something, though a good one to not worry about losing comparatively.

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