Chapter Thirty-Two: The Simmering Seventies, Part One
The '70's was a decade of contrasts. The country gained a world of respect and influence as President Richard Nixon established new relationships with the Soviet Union and Communist China, put the MAD Doctrine on a track to extinction, wound down the Vietnam War, and addressed a host of social problems at home. Yet this same President was impeached and his Vice-President indicted on criminal charges. The country was then led by a mediocrity from the House of Representatives, and in the next election the people chose a weak-willed, naive Sunday school teacher and peanut farmer whose spineless refusal to exercise global leadership created economic paralysis at home and allowed the country's enemies and competitors to bootstrap themselves into positions of global dominance for a decade. You'll get the whole sad story in this lecture, including the surprise at the end which promised to undo all the damage, rebuild prosperity at home, and reestablish the country once again as a leader in the community of nations. This lecture is 1 hr. 50 min. in length and 100 MB in size. Give it plenty of time to download. You may download it twice. Part Two is found in the store.