Saturday, November 8, 2014

Apollo & Marijuana: How Nixon Screwed Us All

I'm beginning to think that Richard Nixon was the worst president in the history of the United States. That he had done more to damage our country than any other, with far reaching effects that are felt even today, 44 years later. His actions imprisoned millions of peaceful people, and set our nation back technologically, and economically. He, with two actions did this. He should not have only been impeached, he should have been convicted. He resigned before he could be impeached. Now that he is dead, history will have to convict him for his crimes.

His two crimes that damaged our civilization the most severely were the cancellation of the Apollo program, and his push to criminalize cannabis. Here are some interesting facts I am going to present you with, and I'll source each one. I'm not going to reinvent the wheel when other people have done a good job of it already. I'll merely try to uncover the truth by stating what has already been said, and not brought into the light of day. You'll find some copy/paste here because of it. I'll put a blue background for the pasted text. I'll keep it short and sweet. I invite you to use the power of the internet to find more on how Nixon basically screwed all of us over, and I mean big time.

So let's us convict the worst president in history, Richard Nixon.

The Cancellation of the  Apollo Program

In August 1971, President Richard Nixon even proposed to cancel all remaining lunar landings (Apollo 16 and 17). His Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Deputy Director Caspar Weinberger was opposed to this, persuading Nixon to keep the remaining Moon missions, but recommended that if such cancellation would happen that it be "on the ground that Apollo 15 was so successful in gathering needed data that we can now shift, sooner than previously expected, to the Space Shuttle, Grand Tour, NERVA, etc."

Soon after the phenomenally successful Apollo 15 mission (26 July-7 August 1971), the first to include a three-day lunar-surface stay and a roving vehicle, President Nixon floated a plan to declare victory and cancel Apollo missions 16 and 17. He was, however, talked around by Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director (and space fan) Caspar “Cap” Weinberger. NASA ceased lunar exploration with Apollo 17 in December 1972, bringing to six the total number of successful Apollo lunar landings.

I'm not saying our leadership failed us on purpose. They probably didn't know any better. I know Richard Nixon didn't know any better. He was a corrupt, short sighted man, who was focused on the perceived problems of his times. He was lacking in enlightenment, and showed it in his attitude with race, government, and authority.

The Criminalization of Cannabis

A Nixon-appointed presidential commission had recommended that marijuana use not be a criminal offense under state or federal law. But Nixon himself, based on his zealous personal preferences, overruled the commission's research and doomed marijuana to its current illegal status.

Transcripts of Nixon Tapes

RN: "I mean one on marijuana that just tears the ass out of them. 
I see another thing in the news summary this morning about it. 
You know it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are 
out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the 
matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them? I 
suppose it's because most of them are psychiatrists, you know, 
there's so many, all the greatest psychiatrists are Jewish. By 
God we are going to hit the marijuana thing, and I want to hit it 
right square in the puss, I want to find a way of putting more on 
that. More [ unintelligible ] work with somebody else with this."

RN: "[unintelligible]. This is a typical thing, it's like the, a 
black kid, [unintelligible], uh, everybody used, uh, you know 
it's like old Jim Rhodes, he said, of course he's a typical 
[unintelligible], I mean, 1960s something like, [unintelligible], 
he said, you know he says all these people you know, 
[unintelligible], they come down here, these people, three or 
four hundred of them, they're picketing around, they're talking 
to legislators and to press, he, he said [unintelligible] he 
said, eh, mental health centers and all the other, 
[unintelligible], he says, I didn't take the money, 
[unintelligible] I just turned it down, and they gave the money 
to the niggers."

HRH: "He's right, there's a hell of a lot more niggers than you 
can buy them off."