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Saturday, December 5, 2015

When Dick Became Tricky - The Life Cycles Of Richard Milhous Nixon - Part 1

How Nixon Earned His Nickname
This is a kind of warm-up linked post considering next year's election. It also happens to feature just about the most controversial President in US history. The only President to resign while in office. The man whose pursuit of power ultimately destroyed him. But we won't be going to Watergate just yet. You see there's a fair bit of his earlier story, which will help fill you in on this complex character. We'll just touch on some highlights and of course that's my cue to say we'll be having a look at his Life Cycles significant years (ie. 24/31/36/43 etc.). They'll tell you just about all you'll need to know, as they seem to do time after time after time. That's why I call what I do :- Psycho-Biography With a Twist

Richard Milhous Nixon was born 9th Jan. 1913 and despite coming from a poor family managed to succeed through hard work. He was noted as a strong debater even at school. We'll begin by going to his first adult age 24 Year of Revolution (Jan 1937-Jan 1938). In June he graduated with a Law degree from Duke University. He wanted to join the FBI, but received no response and so joined a law firm near his family home in Whttier, California. Years later he was told he had, in fact, been hired by the FBI, but the appointment was cancelled soon after due to budget cuts. So Nixon showed his determination to be successful and established his adult career identity as a lawyer. Something else happened to him in early Jan. 1938, that was to alter the course of his life. He met his future wife (and first lady) Pat at an amateur theatrical group and he described it as  :- "a case of love at first sight".

Let's now wind the clock forward for 7 years (as we always do with Life Cycles) and ask what events in the year Jan. 1945 to Jan. 1946 (ie. his age 31 Year of Broken Pathways according to Life Cycles theory) happened to alter his direction and present him with a new and challenging environment? It's the same question for everyone each time. How easy is that? No messing around with complex charts, or peering into a crystal ball or studying a detailed biography. That my system works at all is a complete mystery to me. OK, here we are and of course this time (somewhat conveniently) coincides with the end of WWII. Nixon had served in the Navy reaching the rank of Lieutenant Commander and received a commendation for duty (although he saw no actual combat). In Jan. 1945 he got transferred to the Bureau of Aeronautics Office in Philadelphia and helped negotiate termination of war contracts.

The 1946 Campaign Flyer For Nixon

However, at the same time, back in Whittier, Republicans from California's 12th congressional district were seeking a consensus candidate to run against Democratic Congressman Jerry Voorhis. After failure to attract a high-profile person, local Bank Manager Herman Perry suggested Nixon (a family friend). Can you see the element of fate/destiny at work here? When Nixon heard this news he accepted straight away and on Jan 1st. 1946, he began a year of intensive campaigning. Was this a challenge and uphill struggle? You betcha! So, what did young Richard Nixon do? He attacked his opponent. He contended Voorhis had been ineffective as a Congressman and (more importantly) that he had endorsed a group linked to Communists (which meant he must also have radical views). This was actually not correct, as Voorhis was a staunch anti-communist and once voted by the press corps as "the most honest congressman'- but the mud stuck. Nixon won the election and this set in train a legacy of 'winning at any cost'. Not yet labelled "Tricky", but well on his way.

Nixon's main collaborator was Senator Joseph McCarthy, as both men seized on anti-communist attacks and investigations, being both a national duty and a way to enhance their own political careers. Nixon became a prime mover in the well-known House Un-American Activities Committee, which was established in 1945. Let's now go to his central and often life and career-defining age 36 Year of Revolution (Jan.1949-Jan.1950). Did this universal formula work for him? This period saw the culmination of the anti-communist trial of Alger Hiss for the serious charge of espionage (reduced to perjury because the statute of limitations period had run out).

You've probably never heard of this guy, but he's the guy who most helped to make the names and careers of Nixon and McCarthy. Mind you he wasn't your typical shadowy spy. He was a well educated and highly connected government official from an old American family. He was a member of the US delegation at the historic Yalta Conference (where the US/UK/USSR discussed the division of Europe) and a personal friend of Secretary of State Dean Acheson. He denied the charges till his death many years later, in spite of being found guilty in Jan. 1950 and spending several years in prison. It was Nixon who led the investigation in 1948, even though the House Un-American Activities Committee was under fire from both Democrat President Harry Truman and the press for investigating so eminent a man. It was Nixon who eventually saw him face two trials for perjury in 1949 (the first had a hung jury). Please see the side column for fascinating details of this very high-profile case and yet more evidence of how it fits with Life Cycles Theory.

Nixon With The Hiss Headline
So here you have the central defining age 36 Year of Revolution for Nixon producing national publicity and providing him with the springboard to move to the Senate in 1950. This was seen as a major victory by the Republicans and very important in reviving their hopes of a comeback at the 1952 elections. It also helped to make Joseph McCarthy virtually untouchable. The story, however, does not end here. It really begins. It was stated that in 1949 (when he was 36) Nixon began to consider running for the Senate against Democrat Sheridan Downey and entered the race in Nov. 1949. His opponent, however, wasn't to be Downey, he was beaten in the primaries by Helen Gahagan Douglas in Mar.1950. As part of a no-holds-barred type campaign Nixon distributed a "Pink Sheet" suggesting she voted the same and therefore must hold the same views as a New York congressman -Vito Marcantonio - believed by many to be a communist. Nixon won by 20 percentage points, but during the campaign he began to be called "Tricky Dick" by his opponents. They'd woken up to him a little late you see.

Wasn't he doing more or less exactly what worked for him back when he entered political life at 31 with Voorhis? What had also worked for him spectacularly well with the Alger Hiss trial? Gain as much traction as you can with an anti-communist slur, regardless of whether it's true. It was a fearful time in world history and just perfect for those who could ruthlessly exploit it. And Richard Nixon was ruthless. Gahagan Douglas developed a life-long dislike (probably putting it mildly) for Nixon as a result of her ignominious defeat. She was born  25th Nov. 1900 so she was strongly (almost 11/12 months) Confluent with Nixon. This is a modern day re-run of the Hannibal Barca/Scipio Africanus saga. They were each others worst nightmares.

Douglas, a former actress turned politician, was warned not to contest Downey's seat and split the party vote. When Downey withdrew he endorsed Nixon, along with congressman John F. Kennedy (can you believe this!). Downey's preferred replacement, Manchester Boddy (owner of the Los Angeles Daily News), called her "the pink lady" and that she was "pink right down to her underwear". Nixon only had to latch onto this rhetoric. It was all handed to him on a plate wasn't it? At 36, he became a right-wing hero with the Hiss trial and then his path to the Senate and the Vice-Presidency two years later followed naturally. Like so many other cases I study his age 36 Year of Revolution was indeed "the ushering in of his Golden Age." Douglas left politics, but campaigned for Kennedy in the 1960 election and for McGovern in 1972 and spoke out during Watergate. She would, no doubt, have cheered when Nixon finally quit as President.

The Election Sticker For 1956

We're finally going to explore what happened next to 'Tricky' Dick after his journey of seven years of forward momentum on to his age 43 Year of Broken Pathways (Jan. 1956-Jan. 1957). Life Cycles theory is simply mathematical in nature and so simple a child could grasp it. Of course, much did happen to now Vice President Nixon in these busy years, and I am being deliberately selective, but the real question is and remains :- "Did the 'so-called' Year of Broken Pathways contain any measurable changes to Nixon's career?" In other words - what did happen? This period marks a pivotal time in Nixon's ultimate quest for the presidency - the question of President Dwight David 'Ike' Eisenhower's health, which would determine whether he ran for a second term at the 1956 elections. He had already suffered a massive heart attack in Sept. 1955 and not returned to office until Nov. There was much speculation at the time of who would get the Republican nomination and many names were put forward (including Eisenhower's brother Milton). Nixon, of course, was one, but he was seen as a polarising figure and disliked even by some sections of the GOP.

On 8th Jan. 1956 (so when Nixon was 43) Eisenhower held a press conference and White House correspondents said by a 5-1 margin he would not run. However, after a positive medical test in Feb., he said in early Mar. that he would run. Then his health problems continued and in June he suffered from a blocked intestine and had to undergo major surgery. Once again, at least half a dozen replacements were nominated (including Nixon). Once again, he recovered and decided to run. This time, however, was different for 'Tricky' Dick. There was a serious move made against Nixon as a running mate, because it was felt he was too controversial, too divisive. Another candidate was put forward and they thought even Ike would support a dump-Nixon move, because he had suggested to Nixon, that he consider a cabinet position, as this would be a better launching pad for a 1960 presidential candidacy.

Ike and Nixon Re-Elected

Nixon was furious at this and would have none of it. He thought it would mean the end of his political career. He prevailed at the time and in the end even the replacement candidate, Christian Herter, ended up nominating Nixon for the vice presidency. This major hiccup caused Nixon to reflect and to alter his style to a smoother, more unctuous and careful approach. For instance, he stopped criticising foreign aid and became a card carrying member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His inner ruthless ambition for power was undimmed, but he learned the hard way how to gather some popularity both within and outside of his own party. This was his own personal "Broken Pathway moment". He put 'Tricky' Dick in his back pocket and became 'Slick, almost Bland' Dick for the 1956 election. But we all know it wasn't destined to last..............

So now we are almost at the end of Part 1, let me summarise the evidence for Life Cycles theory applying to Richard Milhous Nixon. Note, we have covered a range of public record material on events when he was aged 24/31/36/43. What have we found?

1. At 24, Nixon tries to join the FBI, but becomes a lawyer instead. In early Jan., meets and falls in love with future wife Pat.
2. At 31, he enters politics in early Jan., because he is a surprise nomination in a California district. Beats incumbent Frank Voorhis through false allegations.
3. At 36, makes his name in right-wing politics, in mid-Jan., when he gets a conviction of top Government official Alger Hiss for  perjury. Leads on to winning Senate seat by another slur campaign and then the Vice Presidency.
4. At 43, almost dropped as running mate for President Eisenhower's second term. Learns to soften his image. 
Can you see the pattern here? These are all distinct direction-setting or altering years. Lawyer, politician, national profile over Hiss trial (then Senator) and finally a crisis over a second term as Vice President. Can you also see how his underlying character was unchanged throughout? His steely determination, his ruthless streak. Also, can you see how I have highlighted the fact (and underlined the text mentioning it) that the very end of three of these Life Cycles significant years contains an important event, just before his following birthday ie. in early (and middle for Hiss) Jan. This is a phenomenon I have observed before and one that I study. The same was true in the profile I did on President Obama. His critical dates all seemed to be at the one time of year as well. I have called this simply:- the alignment of the dates. Like every other new term I use, it is completely self-explanatory. It also adds an extra dimension to my research:-

"What if your life path was not only determined in particular by events in certain recurring cyclical years, but even down to the same time of year?" 

In my own life, I have observed this weird correlation right down to the same day! It's all in The Life Cycles Revolution. Check it out sometime. You'll never get any of this anywhere else!

                                                       END PART 1

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