06-04-2016, 12:48 AM
By Monica Crowley - The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 1, 2016
In late October 1969, Richard Nixon took out one of his famous yellow legal pads to jot down some thoughts. The new president was faced with serious global and domestic turmoil. The Soviet Union had initiated a nuclear buildup, the Middle East was aflame (some things never change), and the war in Vietnam raged on. At home, the war drove hundreds of thousands of protesters into the streets, convulsing a nation already seething from the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. and a growing countercultural movement.
Mr. Nixon reached for a way to calm the roiling waters and to buy time for his new policies — detente with the Soviet Union, rapprochement with China, a new approach to prosecuting the war — to be established and implemented.
He sat down in the middle of the night and wrote what would become his most famous phrase: “And so tonight — to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans — I ask for your support.”