Anyway, I still stream-in IFC to see what's cooking in the indie film community, so I streamed in this documentary about LBJ and Richard Nixon and the Vietnam War. I erroneously thought it was a new documentary.
Now, for you people who weren't born until the 1980s and 1990s, Richard Nixon was a real American patriot, he was a Navy man in WWII, he was a good friend of John F. Kennedy — they were drinking buddies, okay, who had very similar conservative ideas, and they both hated Communism.
In fact, when JFK and Nixon ran against each other for the presidency in 1960, it was a fairly conservative campaign on BOTH SIDES. Both Nixon and JFK had served in WWII, and JFK was a war hero, of sorts. These guys were cut from the same mold, okay, and they were campaigning on conservative issues coming out of the Eisenhower administration of the 1950s.
In fact, one of the biggest concerns that conservatives had about JFK was that he was a New England Catholic. Oooooh, a Catholic! The controversies of the 1960 election were, like, NOTHING compared to the horseshit we see in politics today.
But this documentary I was watching on the IFC painted a picture of Richard Nixon as a MONSTER who ESCALATED the Vietnam War into a meat grinder for American troops.
And I'm sitting here thinking, I don't believe this. I do not believe that I live here in America and I'm watching a piece of Liberal historical revisionism that is not only egregiously WRONG in its premise, but it's insidiously and aggressively biased against a man who's been dead for 18 years.
I mean, why further assassinate a man's character decades after the fact? What is the purpose of this documentary? Why is IFC showing it? Well, obviously, it's about indoctrination, it's about disseminating disinformation in order to indict those associated with Richard Nixon — namely, the GOP.
The documentary's intent was revising history to turn Richard Nixon into a grinning demon for posterity.
I later discovered that this cinematic horse pill was an ancient 1974 documentary, Hearts and Minds, by liberal anti-war film maker Peter Davis (the Michael Moore of his day). This guy, I think, may be one of the flies in the ointment.
I think this Davis character, and Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, and all the other truly dreadful renaissance Liberal journalists who went after Nixon because they could, are the painters of NOT an honest historical portrait of President Nixon; verily, they chose to REVISE history in a very determined and hateful fashion.
Folks, let me ask you, what do YOU really know about Richard Nixon? I don't mean what have you heard through the Liberal-controlled news media, and I don't mean what have you learned in our incredibly Leftist mandatory free education system.
I mean, what have you gone back and RESEARCHED so that you KNOW you have the facts in hand?
Most of you probably have never researched anything in your lives. I'm not condemning you. It's lamentable, but it's the fault of the education system for BLUNTING your curiosity.
In my life, I've NEVER been satisfied with the first answer, nor even the second or third answers. Given a particular project or crusade, I used to plow into the Library (call it the Whole Earth Database of days gone by), and follow the Who's Who and Facts on File and footnotes and bibliographies until I had CORNERED the Truth.
Sometimes it took days, even weeks. When I grew bored, I would research topics for other students, and I'd write their papers for them, too, index cards inclusive.
Today, however, we have this marvelous, transparent (well, mostly transparent) Internet that gives us access to a million-million databases on every subject we could possibly want to study; yet we still have these scumbags attempting to REVISE HISTORY, to CONTAMINATE our databases with FALSE information, and they do it in order to advance their petty political agendas.
So, even AFTER these scumbag liars have passed on, their LIES remain to confuse and indoctrinate the unwary.
So, what do you think you really know about Richard Nixon? Uneducated people will say, aw, he was a conservative crook, he had something to do with Watergate (whatever that was), he got caught doing what all presidents do, he turned the Vietnam War into a meat grinder, et cetera, et cetera.
Almost all of which is bunk. I say almost because, yeah, Richard Nixon authorized the break-in at the Watergate Hotel, where the Democratic National Committee had campaign offices. So what? His stupid henchmen botched a break-in, got caught trying to steal information about the Democrat presidential campaign in 1972.
What Nixon did was HARMLESS FUN compared to the bullshit that the Kennedy boys pulled.
John F. Kennedy, remember, was a good friend of Richard Nixon, they shared many of the same conservative convictions about America. But John Kennedy was a MEAN sonofabitch who used the Internal Revenue Service like a WEAPON against his political adversaries and those even vaguely perceived as adversaries.
John F. Kennedy spied on private Americans like hell wouldn't have it, he surveilled and threatened political activists and organizations, he did things that Americans would NOT tolerate in a transparent society today, okay? He got away with it, and so did his brother, Bobby... Well, they almost got away with it. Their legends got away with it, with a deluge of dreamy "Camelot" pablum and all that nonsensical Liberal crap; but the Kennedy boys got themselves whacked.
You don't step on toes the way they did without bringing some retribution upon yourself.
John F. Kennedy planted cameras and microphones all over the goddamned place, because he was paranoid (and for good reason, people were out to get him). It was the wiretapping equipment from JFK's administration that Nixon was still using in 1972.
JFK was an unconstitutional, spying fool who was into serious domestic espionage, and that's just a fact; but where in the HELL did this caricature of Richard Nixon originate, depicting him as the big, bad U.S. President who fucked up in Vietnam?Where did that come from?
U.S. National Archives: Confirmed American Deaths in Vietnam by Year