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Let's go on. This sort of perception of who who you were you as a group
versus the perception of who the protestors, the media, the campuses,
the professors, the kids and so forth.
of the ah, one of the things that President Nixon came in office determined to do was to ah
restore to what he called the quiet majority, later the silent majority
ah the the ordinary American the same kind of respect or rather the kind
of respect ah that he felt ah they deserved. Ah. His was deliberately
going to be an administration that gave as much respect to main street
as to the main line. And, this set up a terribly wrenching ah basically
a a a contest for power among the old elite who had held power, the
media, the academic complex, the the fashionable northeast and the rest
of the country. Ah.
a sense he was a product of the rest of the country even though he was
elected from New York
even though he'd been vice president and so forth. Ah. The ah for a long
time the ah the sort of the fashionable elites had sort of assumed it
was their divine right to rule and he challenged that. They recognized
this as a challenge and it became a fight to the death, and they, of
course, they eventually won. But, ah, but this fueled, I think a lot of
the ah a lot of the it it added a lot of fuel to the fire. There would
have been a fire anyway. Ah.
There would have been protests without a war. Ah. There had been before
there was a war basically. Ah. The the campus the organized campus
protest movement remember it began at Berkeley in 1964
climaxed at Columbia
. Ah. And, then, of course, the campuses
erupted after Cambodia
and so on. But, that organized ah
movement in which you followed the pattern of creating an issue and
getting the ah the Administration to overreact and then getting more people and
and ah event... eventually exploding the college. That began in 1964
at Berkeley. Ah. Ah.
And, most of the college protests had not been centered on the war.
They were centered on anything that would get the kids stirred up. The
1960's were a time when
revolution was romanticized and this continued into the early 1970's. The early 1970's were an extension of the of the 1960's which I have often called the
second most disastrous decade in our in our century. The only worse one
being the 1860's when the country was
actually at war with itself. It was virtually at war with itself in the
1960's including the early 70's
over a variety of things of which the war was only one. Ah. And, ah, ah
kind of the old value systems.
The old traditional value systems. A lot of the 1960's revolution was a revolution against these
old value systems. And, ah, Nixon believed in them and he appealed to a, he he he was
believed in and was supported by a lot of people who held to those and
who did not like violent protest, for example, among other things. They
might or might not have liked liked the war but they did not like
violent protest. Ah. They did not like to see ah university buildings
being burned and bombed, and they didn't like to see mobs in the
They didn't like to he laughed at and hooted at and disparaged by
people who considered themselves superior. Ah. Nixon sided with them. He
sided with the hard hats. He sided with the with the George Meany's and they
sided with him. Ah. Not on other things but on such things as the war,
and a lot of his support came from this. Ah. A lot of the ah a lot of
the anti antiwar movement ah had less to do with the war than it did
with these traditional values which his represented in a sense, his
administration in a sense represented.