Why was Richard Nixon seen as not conservative enough for the political right?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Richard Nixon was not conservative enough for the political right (which did not really exist in very large numbers yet in the early 1970s) because of his views and policies on economic issues.  He was not nearly as anti-government as someone like Ronald Reagan would be a few years later.

Perhaps the most prominent example of this is the fact that Nixon was president when the Environmental Protection Agency was created.  He didn't just allow Congress to create it.  Instead, he signed an executive order creating it.  The EPA is one of the agencies that is most hated by conservatives today as an example of government interference with the economy.

Another major example of Nixon's non-conservative approach was his attempt to control the economy and prevent inflation.  Nixon went so far as to impose wage and price controls on the economy.  No conservative today would even consider allowing the government to dictate prices over a wide area of the economy.  Conservatives believe that the government should not interfere in the market.

So, the major right-wing problem with Nixon is that he was very willing to allow (and even promote) government interference/involvement in the economy.

renechang | Student

For a review of what may have happened in 1972 read my ebook 'Watergate - The Political Assasination'  The extreme right may have been a small group, but they were extremely powerful with extensive reach.

After 40 years, we are beginning to focus on inconsistencies of the Watergate story.

Read my book - Watergate - The Political Assasination which has to be a docu-fiction for legal reasons for an aternate interpretation.

Why was the arrest at the THIRD attept at break-in not reported more widely?
Why did the dollar notes on the arrested raiders have consecutive serial numbers?
Why was Howard Hunt's name in the address books of TWO of the four arrested Cubans?

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Rene Chang

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