By Edward Jay Epstein

President Bush has made the warfare opposed to medications the number 1 factor at the modern American political schedule. during this revised variation of his vintage e-book, on hand for the 1st time in paperback, Edward Jay Epstein argues that the president has followed the tactic of his forbear, Richard Nixon, in utilizing the medication battle guilty foreigners for the quandary in America's towns, and to supply a smokescreen for unrelated political job designed to reinforce government strength. the medication crackdown has visible a virtually hundredfold bring up within the federal funds for narco-politics within the fifteen years when you consider that organization of worry used to be first released, whereas records on drug-running were massaged. Epstein issues out that, regardless of the large budgets and public relatives brouhaha, drug importation, as measured opposed to wholesale rate, has in reality grown.

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However, at that stage, Nixon's speech writers had little specific knowledge about the characteristics or causes of crime and disorder. Although Governor Nelson Rockefeller had brilliantly pioneered the heroin menace in New York State, and Nixon himself realized the political potential of a drug-abuse menace, the candidate's strategists were not yet fully conversant with the vocabulary of dread that was used by Rockefeller to exploit the drug issue. " Pollner immediately consulted with John W. " These analyses detailing the problems of law enforcement and rehabilitation, however, were far too specific for Nixon.

The former vice-president had no claim to any special knowledge or competence in these domestic fields; he was rarely called upon for public comment. " If he was again to become a center of political attention, Nixon foresaw that he would have to identify himself with the control of a new menace. Thus he turned to the growing unease that was being reported out of the major cities in America-riots had erupted in Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities in the mid-1960s (and though not a new phenomenon in themselves, they were for the first time nationally televised); crime rates, as reported by the FBI, had practically doubled between 1960 and 1967; and polls were indicating that personal safety from crimes was rapidly becoming the dominant concern of the electorate.

In this contest for power Liddy posited that the man with the strongest will for power would win. " In June, 1968, Liddy first attempted to win the race for office by running against the incumbent, Albert Rosenblatt, for the Republican nomination for district attorney of Dutchess County. He had little support from Republican politicians and was defeated in a party caucus by a vote of 25 to 4. Liddy next turned the focus of his attention to the Republican nomination for Congress from the Poughkeepsie district.

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