NRO Senior Editor Jay Nordlinger: Reagan 'Welcomed Wetbacks'

Love-Child of Cassandra and Sisyphus7/16/2012 2:57:02 pm PDT

re: #203 palomino

It’s even worse than the well-worn cliche that “this is the most important election of our lifetimes.” After you’ve been around a few decades, you realize that every election can’t actually be the most important. Yawn, heard it all before.

In my lifetime… I propose that the most important Presidential election was in 1968.

Yes, quite a bit in American politics and even international relations seems to be fallout from Richard Milhouse Nixon.

Imagine if… 5000 years from now, some historian looks back at the preceding 5 millennia and concludes that Nixon was the keystone to what happened afterward.

This is not unprecedented. Imagine being someone back in 50BC in the Italian peninsula, and someone else were to tell you that the popular general Gaius Julius Caesar was going to cross the river Rubicon in a few months and that all of history afterwards for millennia would mark that as a key point in human civilization. You’d be in disbelief.