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The Arrogance of Power – The Secret World of Richard Nixon

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:40 pm
by Potemkin Villager
I am often very pleasantly surprised at what turns up on the bookshelves of our local community shop. Nearly 650 pages of hardback in unread, mint condition for 50 cents is pretty good value by any standard. “The Arrogance of Power – The Secret World of Richard Nixon� by Anthony Summers makes for fascinating and terrifying bedtime reading considering the comparisons now being made between the present incumbent of the Oval Office and Tricky Dick.

There are clear differences of course, Nixon certainly was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth and had a long political apprenticeship, including the notorious House un-American Activities Committee, before eventually getting the top job.

One difference we must at least be thankful for is that Trump does not drink, or consume quantities of psychoactive prescription drugs, without medical supervision and go into wild ranting drunken rages, terrifying all around him threatening to nuke some despised opponent.

Similarities abound in the areas of personal relationships, demeanour (or lack of it), ruthless ambition and innate disdain for mere trifling legalities. The marriages of both seem dysfunctional and endured merely for appearances sake. A common factor is long hit lists of real and imagined foes, which significantly include an all consuming pathological hatred of large sections of the media, cronies who show anything less than total unquestioning loyalty and lawyers who really do not seem to understand client confidentiality and end up singing like canaries.

Summers is obviously no great fan of Nixon but largely lets the stark facts dispassionately speak for themselves. One aspect described, that actually almost shocked this old cynic, is the sheer level of illegality that is tolerated in funding and dirty tricks in US politics , whether illegal contributions from abroad, contributions from convicted gangsters, abuse of the tax system and essentially blackmail to target opponents etc. Campaign fundraising is little more than a hard faced shakedown operation or buying political favours and in this Nixon’s gang certainly excelled, as one suspects does Trump’s.

Funnily enough I learned that Nixon had the White House bugging equipment, previously installed by LBJ, removed just after his election only to be reinstalled towards the end of his first term. What can have been going on in his mind? The rest as they say is history.

So my current prediction is that the Trump will also get re-elected for a second term, like Nixon maybe even with a considerably increased margin only, to shadow Nixon’s subsequent rapid descent into ignominy as the criminal and treasonable activities of his goon squad apparatchiks, carrying out his orders, can no longer be plausibly denied.

I can only hope the white house is still bugged.

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 1:03 pm
by emordnilap
Shock horror. Dog bites man.

Re: The Arrogance of Power – The Secret World of Richard N

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 2:34 pm
by vtsnowedin
Potemkin Villager wrote:I am often very pleasantly surprised at what turns up on the bookshelves of our local community shop. Nearly 650 pages of hardback in unread, mint condition for 50 cents is pretty good value by any standard. “The Arrogance of Power – The Secret World of Richard Nixon� by Anthony Summers makes for fascinating and terrifying bedtime reading considering the comparisons now being made between the present incumbent of the Oval Office and Tricky Dick.
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So my current prediction is that the Trump will also get re-elected for a second term, like Nixon maybe even with a considerably increased margin only, to shadow Nixon’s subsequent rapid descent into ignominy as the criminal and treasonable activities of his goon squad apparatchiks, carrying out his orders, can no longer be plausibly denied.

I can only hope the white house is still bugged.
I think your timeline is a bit off considering they have already been hounding him for two full years. I doubt if he will be in office or on the ballot in 2020. The question on the White house being bugged is better asked as who doesn't have it bugged? If the Ruskiees lose a page of transcript they can always get a copy from the Chinese or the Israelis or the DNC or the FBI. :roll:

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:47 pm
by Potemkin Villager
We will see. These things can have a habit of dragging on very much longer than seems feasible! I've just got to the bit in the book where Nixon is plotting to get rid of the special prosecutor.......

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:22 pm
by RenewableCandy
One difference we must at least be thankful for is that Trump does not drink, or consume quantities of psychoactive prescription drugs, without medical supervision and go into wild ranting drunken rages, terrifying all around him threatening to nuke some despised opponent.
From what I've read of his antics, he doesn't ruddy have to :)

Posted: Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:29 pm
by eatyourveg
It would be absolutely fascinating to see Trump's head explode, probably literally, should someone have the presence of mind to spike his Coke with acid. I would pay good money to watch that, though not straight away as I have a broken rib, laughing really hurts.

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:43 pm
by RenewableCandy
I once wrote a radio play in which some Chemistry students did exactly that to Maggie T. It was inspired by the fact that someone - iirc from the CIA - had tried a similar ruse using one of Castro's cigars (it failed b/c he became suspicious about how it smelled, which puzzles me as Acid is odourless).

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:25 pm
by kenneal - lagger
RenewableCandy wrote:... which puzzles me as Acid is odourless).
I had no idea personally....

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:14 pm
by Vortex2
Apparently Trump sees the world as a cartoon strip (really).

So LSD wouldn't do much.

Superman would become Superman on steroids, Spider Man would make some REALLY cool webs etc.

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:29 am
by eatyourveg
So Trump sees the world as a cartoon, hadn't heard that. He would not be bugging everyone the way he does if the cartoon was the Furry Freak Brothers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fabul ... k_Brothers

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:50 pm
by RenewableCandy
kenneal - lagger wrote:
RenewableCandy wrote:... which puzzles me as Acid is odourless).
I had no idea personally....
You'd be surprised what RenewableCandy knows. My youth hasn't been mis-spent in vain!!

(I've also done Heroin, but it was called Diamorphene, was for proper pain, and was in hospital.)