Sweet Jesus.It is said Richard Nixon's presidency revolved around the nuclear age. His inauguration saw the city of Goldsboro suffer a nuclear weapon dropped on it, his war in Cuba saw Posadists use a "dirty bomb", he received a Nobel Peace Prize (and reelection in '68) for his ability to create a nuke-free way to end the Sino-Indian War in '67, his third term saw the third usage of nuclear weapons in battle, as the Chinese and Soviets warred over borders, and by then Nixon had too large of a consensus. He then saw Switzerland develop nuclear arms, the South African war use them, the near usage of the Sampson Option, and in his final term and days, development of nuclear weapons by the United Gulf Republics in the fears of more Shas and Kings returning. Nixon saw destruction of human life that Lincoln, Wilson, and Roosevelt had prayed would never occur. The Cold War was over, the Hot Wars, however, had begun. But to a majority of Americans, Nixon won't be remembered for the nuclear age, he will be remembered as the man who ruled America for a longer period of time than many kings did their kingdoms. Seven straight terms, and then another half term for measure. Nixon's presidency outlived the Democrats, who entered 1961 with a senate supermajority, and in 1976, collapsed under the weight of regional and tribal divisions. The replacement was the Opposition Party, a cobbled unit of former northern Democrats, Rockefeller Republicans, a few compromising Birchers, and some peaceniks out west. When Nixon first left office, it was of his own accord, he was too old, had seen too much. Nixon had done things in his term that were unthinkable in 1960, when he was first elected. He entered 1961 with 50 states, and left in 1989 with Taiwan and Puerto Rico as proud additions. Nixon passed so much legislation, that you could pick any number of positive or negative acts. Nixon passed the Civil, Voting, and Equal Rights Acts, created the EPA, annexed Taiwan and purchased Greenland as Europe and Asia fell into chaos. But he also destroyed many New Deal policies, started the "War On Crime", vetoed the "Urban Marshall Plan", and helped Anita Bryant's movement gain prominence to win over voters. To the younger crowd, Nixon's final two years seem out of character. The old man was wheeled out of retirement to take on Al Haig, a once close ally, who Nixon had felt had gone too far as president. Running as an independent instead of as a Republican due to his inability to unseat Haig (much like Teddy Roosevelt 80 years prior). Nixon narrowly defeated Haig, but failed to do much in his last year or so. He died in office, as many expected him to, and left John Grunseth to pickup the pieces of his legacy.
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