Here’s where the real conservative side of Richard Nixon comes out which is federalism. Which is about returning power back to the states and the people when it comes to the social insurance system. And have the states run the New Deal and Great Society programs instead of the Federal Government trying to run everything for everybody in a country of fifty states. And back then of around two-hundred million people. And President Nixon’s idea of welfare reform that became popular in the early and mid 1990s, was about moving people off of public assistance and into the workforce that would come with education and job training. So this population could get themselves the skills needed to get themselves a good job.
What makes Richard Nixon different from Ronald Reagan and today’s Tea Party, is that he wasn’t about cut and run when he came to these programs. And trying to make the case that they were unconstitutional or something. But what he did instead was acknowledge the reality that they were here to stay and that they should be run as best as possible and serve the people they are intended for. And be designed to move people off of these programs so they wouldn’t need them forever. And that is the conservative side that I really love about Dick Nixon and a big reason why he wouldn’t be very successful as a national Republican today. Along with not being on board with the Religious-Right.