Richard M. Nixon: godfather of the current Republican party. They say they revere Ronald Reagan, but in reality they ignore everything he did -- which was a lot -- that's counter to their current dogma and they lie about the rest. No, it's really Nixon whom they -- without saying it -- deify. As tribute they've adopted all of his tactics: Demonize anyone who disagrees with you; ruthlessly sabotage all perceived enemies; regard the very idea of a free and inquisitive press -- fundamental to a working democracy and recognized as such by the Founding Fathers -- as anathema. Deliberately deceive the public; use any means necessary -- lying, subverting the law, dirty tricks, secret slush funds, rewriting history -- to bring down opponents and achieve their ends.
In the course of his five-and-a-half-year presidency, beginning in 1969, Nixon launched and managed five successive and overlapping wars — against the anti-Vietnam War movement, the news media, the Democrats, the justice system and, finally, against history itself. All reflected a mind-set and a pattern of behavior that were uniquely and pervasively Nixon’s: a willingness to disregard the law for political advantage, and a quest for dirt and secrets about his opponents as an organizing principle of his presidency.
Long before the Watergate break-in, gumshoeing, burglary, wiretapping and political sabotage had become a way of life in the Nixon White House.
What was Watergate? It was Nixon’s five wars.