If Nixon Had Twitter

Every time the president logs into his Twitter account, the world tenses up. As his mania flows through his tiny thumbs and out into the Twitterverse, we all get a daily response to the question “What would a madman think of current events?”

It got me thinking. Social media may be the dominant form of human communication on the planet, but it’s also relatively new. Previous presidents never spoke to us this directly. In fact, many of their real, unwashed opinions never made it into the public eye at all. Trump may behave like your typical drunk uncle at a holiday party, but had he been president four decades ago, we might have never known just how truly disturbed he is.

Enter Richard Nixon. He may be a distant second to Trump in terms of his vileness toward non-orange people everywhere, but Nixon was a pretty quotable guy. After reading a few of his best quotes, and seeing them as pure, gallows humor gold, I thought I’d share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the parallels between Trump and Nixon are pretty obvious, my guess is that when American history is taught to our grandchildren, these two presidents will be forever linked by something other than their shared –isms and their disdain for the truth. While I wait for that final link to be forged, my only hope is that, forty years from now, there’s enough of us left to laugh.

Contributing Editor: Brett Pransky

Brett Pransky is your standard Midwestern English professor, minus the tweed jacket, the bushy beard, and the pipe. When he’s not using his red pen to combat the evils of the comma splice, Brett can be found at his desk, fighting larger injustices and proving to as many people as he can reach that the essay is still the most powerful form of argument in American public discourse. Brett holds degrees in English, Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Business, and while he is terribly uncomfortable talking about himself in the third person, he’s not going to let this keep him from showing everyone that the best way to change the world is to throw clever sentences at it.  Brett can be found on Twitter @BrettPransky.

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