The Nation: Eyeball to Eyeball, Congress Blinked

RICHARD NIXON was feeling his oats last week. He was getting 53% approval in the Louis Harris poll, highest in a year. Talking to 1,600 teenagers at the 50th National 4-H Congress in Chicago, and later to the White House Conference on Aging in Washington, he sounded like the man who had pledged to "bring us together" on the morrow of his 1968 election victory. The youngsters applauded his denunciation of "the insidious bigotry called age-ism," which leaves the young to "plod along in apprenticeship or chafe in alienation" and abandons the old to...

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