History’s Dick of the Week

The second week of May always marks two significant moments in the career of crook, arch-conservative and red-scare enthusiast Richard Nixon.

First, on May 8th of 1958, while serving as Vice President, he was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by protesters in Lima, Peru.

Then on May 9th, 16 years later, the House Judiciary Committee opened hearings on his impeachment as President.

You don’t have to be an astrologist to realize that early May was not a good time for Tricky Dick, one of the most despised shape-shifters of the last century.

But time has passed. He’s dead. And this May, those of us who mourn the soldiers and civilians killed in Cheney’s fake war – or equate conservative values with the image of a Lipton’s bag dangling from tricorn hat on the head of a toothless misspeller – can be excused for asking “What the Hell was so bad about Nixon?” After all, by today’s standards, he seems pretty centrist and honest for a Republican.

Well, this was never Nixon’s week, so we think it’s fair game to let his ultimate inquisitor – Lesbian African-American Representative Barbara Jordan from Texas – give us the same education on Richard Nixon and the rule of law that she gave to the American public in 1974.

Thank you, Ms. Jordan.

(The full version can be found here.)