Nation: Nixon on the Presidency

Richard Nixon, who served eight years as Vice President and ran for President himself in 1960, has had greater proximity to the office than any other practicing politician. Last week he offered his own conception of the presidency and, indirectly, his philosophy of government. Excerpts:

THE days of a passive presidency belong to a simpler past. Let me be very clear about this: the next President must take an activist view of his office. He must articulate the nation's values, define its goals and marshal its will. Under a Nixon Administration, the presidency will be deeply involved in the entire sweep of...

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